I am looking to build a rig that is capable of running WoW Cataclysm on Ultra settings while maintaining 60 FPS most of the time (30 or so in dense cities is acceptable). With my WoW settings maxxed I am assuming the rest of my computer needs will be more than satisfied. Unfortunately my knowledge in the realm of computer building is extremely limited and, in my research, I have found the sheer volume of available information and parts to be quite overwhelming. That is what brought me here.
**Update** I added the build I am currently considering to the bottom of this post.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 Weeks (As soon as I have a workable build I plan to buy parts)
Budget Range: $1000 Before rebates (This is a maximum. I would love to achieve Ultra Settings for much less if possible)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: WoW, Movies, Internet
Current State of Build: This is what I have at the moment. I tried to do what I thought was somewhat conservative, but still powerful. My main concern is that I may have too much power in one area, and not enough in another. I don't want performance to be hindered because I have an under utilized component. At the same time, I don't want to sacrifice performance because one part is not up to par with the rest of my system. Please let me know if any parts should be upgraded or downgraded in order to meet my ultra settings requirements.
With these parts my total price comes to $930 before rebates and $840 after. I am perfectly happy with this, but I want to be sure I am not doing anything stupid. Thanks again for the help and thanks to those willing to share their wisdom with me. It is greatly appreciated.
I'd really recommend the System Builder Marathon Articles. I used it as a starting point for my build which I've used for watching videos and gaming.
If your not including the monitor in the 1000$ limit I recommend the March 2011 1000$ build. Honestly even at ultra settings the Radeon HD 6950 might be overkill for WoW.
Thanks for the quick response Kamab. Those articles were a great help and I will definitely be using them as starting points.
Since I do need to purchase a monitor, I was thinking of starting with The $500 Gaming PC and beefing it up to suit my needs. I just need to know which parts I should focus on improving to suit my needs (if not all of them).
Did a quick pricing of your rig soest. Comes out to about $1100, but that is with your $500ish speaker system included in the price. So if im right in assuming you included that in your overall cost then that is great news. Thanks for the reply
Ok I have done some more research and added what I think is a potential build to my original post. I would greatly appreciate some feedback on it. I dont feel comfortable going forward without a bit more advice.