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August 2, 2011 9:54:10 PM

I have been watching the other thread develop, but although the prices give me some guide, its not quite the same.

I am on a reasonably tight budget and I am looking for a good gaming pc for WoW, I was wondering if anyone was able to recommend a WoW system from UK based site(s).

My budget is around £600 (could push this up).

I was looking at the Intel i5k due to the fact it is unlocked. I have a Keyboard and mouse and even DVDRW drive spare the budget is negotiable as I could get some money back from my current setup and I don't mind putting 2nd user parts in, if the system you suggest is overclocked please can you make sure you recommend the correct cooling to correspond with it?

I may also consider setting my current PC up as a server.
The next part for consideration is that I am using a HP2009v monitor, is it worth upgrading this (even 2nd hand or sticking with it, if I am changing it then the cost or at least some may have to come out the budget.

Thanks for any help you can provide

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August 3, 2011 1:02:13 PM

hi you might want to look at this thread:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...

Xigmatek ASgaud case:
http://www.dabs.com/products/xigmatek-asgard-chassis-77...

4gb DDR3 1600Mhz ram:
http://www.dabs.com/products/kingston-hyperx-blu-4gb--2...

Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 mobo:
http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-z68a-d3h-b3-lga11...

EVGA GTX550Ti:
http://www.dabs.com/products/evga-geforce-gtx-550-ti-95...

DVD-RW drive:
http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-liteon-24x-int-...

corsair CX500:
http://www.ebuyer.com/240999-corsair-500w-cx-series-psu...

i3-2100:
http://www.ebuyer.com/254976-intel-core-i3-2100-3-10ghz...

or if you want a i5-2500K: (both would do great):
http://www.ebuyer.com/251596-intel-core-i5-2500k-3-3ghz...

7200RPM 500GB samsung F3 HDD:
http://www.ebuyer.com/146252-samsung-spinpoint-f3-500gb...

adds up to £438.60 with free p&p with the i3 and £509.09 with the i5, this system will be able to run WoW at max settings at 60FPS+ even at a resolution of 1200 or 1600.

forgot to mention three of these fans for your case: (two will be fine as well)
http://www.ebuyer.com/138586-xilence-red-wing-120mm-qui...

or these if you prefer black:
http://www.ebuyer.com/151390-xilence-black-120mm-case-f...


this system is fully upgradable, so you could add another gtx550Ti in the future if you require some more power, and the Z68 chipset may give you an upgrade path to future ivy bridge processors. The CX500 will power two 550Tis with ease, and the 4gb 1600Mhz ram will allow for good multitasking abilities.

what resolutions do you play at BTW?
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August 4, 2011 10:17:45 AM

I currently have a 20 inch monitor so which runs at 1600 x 900
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August 4, 2011 1:38:14 PM

banny1 said:
I currently have a 20 inch monitor so which runs at 1600 x 900


at that resolution a gts450 would be able to max out on full settings at 60FPS+ but the 550Ti would be good if you plan on playing on large scale maps (or were theres lots of people on one server).
August 4, 2011 2:46:41 PM

Would I need a better fan or cooling system if I intend to over clock the i5K and would that mobo allow over clocking given the I5k is unlocked
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August 4, 2011 2:58:46 PM

banny1 said:
Would I need a better fan or cooling system if I intend to over clock the i5K and would that mobo allow over clocking given the I5k is unlocked


you would just need an aftermarket CPU cooler for that, may i ask how far you would intend to OC, if you plan to OC to about 4.4Ghz this cooler is great with idle temps of about 26-30C and load temps of 55-60 according to a review:
http://www.ebuyer.com/253477-arctic-cooling-freezer-13-...

if you do plan to OC more you could spend more on a better cooler.
August 5, 2011 9:44:26 AM

I think OC to 4.4 would be more than fine.

There maybe enough in the budget for a SDD Drive, are these worth it and do they increase performance a lot?
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August 5, 2011 1:45:18 PM

banny1 said:
I think OC to 4.4 would be more than fine.

There maybe enough in the budget for a SDD Drive, are these worth it and do they increase performance a lot?


they don't really affect performance, but they do affect boot times and loading times.
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