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May 21, 2011 10:19:17 AM

Hello i am new to building so i am looking for advice. I am looking to build a pc that will keep up with wow without the lag and low frame rates in different situations. Currently i have a dell xps 420 soi have never built a pc or did any upgrades to the dell . I have a budget of 1000-1200 to build the pc so any help would be grately appreciated.









Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 1000-1200) Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, home


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com or whichever has best prices

Country of Origin: us

Parts Preferences:) what ever is best for what i would like to accomplish


Overclocking: Maybe i have never done it before


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later or as needed to keep up


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 currently i have 2 lg 20 inch widescreens and maybe gonna use my 37 lcd later on

Additional Comments: I am just looking for a good quality pc that will last me a couple years and that can handle wow and not have to worry about lag ect . Any advice is welcome thanks in advance.

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May 21, 2011 10:33:02 AM

$1000-$1200 can build a pretty respectable upper-mid-range system..

i5-2500k/P67 w/ 6950 gpu should run almost anything at 1080P
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May 21, 2011 10:35:54 AM

I keep reading that nvidia is a better card for wow. Is there any truth to that and why?
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May 21, 2011 10:52:56 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-unlo...

Check out these builds so u get an idea. The gamers in the 1st link.

It is true because wow is more optimized for nVidia cards. But if u get a card like 6950 there is little to no difference in actual performance. Because at that price range bot nVidia and ATI cards are fully capable of doing anything. Personally I wouldn't build a 1000$ rig only for one game? Also I personally prefer the 6950 2GB for a build like this.

Good luck.
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May 21, 2011 10:54:04 AM

The system builder marathon comes out every quarter, so we're about up for a new $1k system, but the old system was good and the parts are still modern. Not much has changed in the PC world in the last three months. Dual Radeons and Nvidia cards have come out, the Z68 has come out, but other than that, nothing of notoriety.

The the NV v AMD tests on wow showed that lesser Nvidia card out performed AMD in WoW. Link:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-c...

That is an entire (longest I've read on this site) review of AMD v NV comparison. It shows that Nvidia's mid-range cards can out perform AMD's highest. It has something to do with Nvidia packing more shader cores, where as AMD has more Floating point calculations. I dunno about the actual details, but the math and reference is there for your enjoyment.

As far as a gook $1k system. Here is the last "best $1k System" build. I don't think you can do wrong with it, and since it is a few months old, you might be able to get it for under a grand.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-unlo...

Both are links within this site, so don't be scared to click and read.
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May 21, 2011 11:08:38 AM

gametstr said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-unlo...

Check out these builds so u get an idea. The gamers in the 1st link.

It is true because wow is more optimized for nVidia cards. But if u get a card like 6950 there is little to no difference in actual performance. Because at that price range bot nVidia and ATI cards are fully capable of doing anything. Personally I wouldn't build a 1000$ rig only for one game? Also I personally prefer the 6950 2GB for a build like this.

Good luck.






It is for the one game i do play on pc but other then that i use my pc for other stuff as well but nothing really graphics intense like wow just some movies and music and normal web browsing. If i can get a pc that will run wow on highest setting without the lag for under 1000$ i would in a heart beat . So if you have any sugestions or a build please let me know . Thanks again
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May 21, 2011 11:13:23 AM

The Witcher 2 says on Steam for "recommended" settings that a Quad core is needed. So there's that, and the fact that the world is ending in 11 hours, I would worry. But about what, you decide.
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May 21, 2011 11:40:47 AM

joshyboy82 said:
The Witcher 2 says on Steam for "recommended" settings that a Quad core is needed. So there's that, and the fact that the world is ending in 11 hours, I would worry. But about what, you decide.



thanks for the help i think im gonna build the marathon 100k pc but with the nvidia 560 or 570. Now i guess it's time to start shopping around .
Is there anything else you would change on the system that might be a little outdated or something is better for close to the same cost?




$1000 Enthusiast System Components
Motherboard ASRock P67 Extreme4
LGA 1155, Intel P67 chipset
$152.99
Processor Intel Core i5-2500K
3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo), Quad-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache
$219.99
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
$29.99

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1333
Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit
$54.99
Graphics Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950
2 GB GDDR5
$274.99
Hard Drives Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB
1 TB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s $64.99
Optical Asus DRW-24B1ST
24x DVD Burner
$18.99
Case In-Win Android
$69.99
Power Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 W
ATX12V, EPS12V, 80 PLUS-Certified
$89.99
Total Cost $976.91
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May 21, 2011 12:58:19 PM

So if its only wow go with a 560 Ti or a GTX 570 if u can afford it instead of the 6950.
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