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August 21, 2011 5:13:50 AM

Hello everyone. I'm currently in the market for a gaming desktop, one capable of running wow at 60 FPS on ultra/high settings. Please bear in mind this is the only game I'll be playing on it.

Looking to stay under 600 shipped. Thanks in advance. I stupidly bought an Emachines from walmart with an old 6150se integrated video card, and I'm lucky to get 20 fps.

I forgot to add- I have no experience in building a system, so I guess I'd be looking for a prefab system.

I only need the tower-everything else I have.

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August 21, 2011 7:23:06 PM

I would not recommend a prebuilt, they are expensive and often not built very well. I would learn how to do it yourself and do it that way, it's not as hard as you might think. That way you can get a nice build such as this:

i3-2100 - $124.99
4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1333Mhz - $29.99
Sapphire HD 6850 1GB - $154.99 ($139.99 with rebate)
500GB Seagate Barracuda - $39.99
Corsair CX-430 430W - $44.99 ($34.99 with rebate)
Rosewill R101-P-BK - $29.99
ASRock H61M-VS - $59.99
LG DVD Burner - $18.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - $99.99

Total $603.91 before $25 rebates.

EDIT: If you need to reduce the cost a bit you could drop the GPU down to a GTS 450 or HD 5770 or HD 6770 but the HD 6850 is much better.
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August 22, 2011 6:22:55 AM

Since you want prebuilt, you are probably out of luck for your budget. Try this however.
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1DFDVU

If you can get someone to build one for you, this build is meant to do exactly what you need, and it costs just $550.
http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/world-of-warcraft...

Get a friend to fix it up and pay him $50 to do it ;)  and you'll still end up with a better PC than you can ever get pre-built for that budget.

EDIT: Just so you know, WoW heavily favours Intel and Nvidia, so stick with those. AMD stuff maybe cheaper, but you'll get better performance with a Intel + Nvidia combo.
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August 22, 2011 6:30:47 AM

@ jmsellars

I was planning to make my build almost the same as yours.
CX430 + 6GB DDR3.
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August 22, 2011 7:01:26 AM

008Rohit said:
@ jmsellars
I was planning to make my build almost the same as yours.
CX430 + 6GB DDR3.

Your better off with 4GB or 8GB, and making use of the dual-channel mode.
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August 22, 2011 7:26:05 AM

^+1

Trip ch is a mistake.
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August 22, 2011 7:43:07 AM

My MoBo has two RAM slots. And I have already got a 2GB DDR3. And I was planning to add another 4GB. Won't they work in dual-channel mode?
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August 22, 2011 10:56:35 AM

They would work in dual channel. But when you said that, We thought you meant 3x2gb not 2x1gb+2x2gb
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August 22, 2011 11:05:12 AM

Oh if WoW favours Nvidia then swap the HD 6850 for a GTX 460 1GB or GTX 550Ti.
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August 22, 2011 11:11:07 AM

^ I've heard this "favoring" business for a while. Can I see some benches.
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August 22, 2011 1:54:51 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ I've heard this "favoring" business for a while. Can I see some benches.

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

A GTX460 matches a HD5870 and beats every other AMD card available at the time of the article, including HD5850's and HD6870's. The HD5770 is beaten by the GTS450.

Also shows that AMD CPU's cannot push above 60fps whereas Intel hits 100fps easily on the same GPU.
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August 22, 2011 2:06:39 PM

@ aznshinobi.

I have 1x2GB and planning to add 1x4GB. Won't they work in dual channel mode? The current RAM is made by EVM (value RAM) and the 4GB one will be of Corsair.
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August 22, 2011 3:08:34 PM

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

A GTX460 matches a HD5870 and beats every other AMD card available at the time of the article, including HD5850's and HD6870's. The HD5770 is beaten by the GTS450.

Also shows that AMD CPU's cannot push above 60fps whereas Intel hits 100fps easily on the same GPU.


Wow that's crazy, how is a GTX 275 beating a GTX 295?
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August 22, 2011 3:10:54 PM

cbranham23 said:
Hello everyone. I'm currently in the market for a gaming desktop, one capable of running wow at 60 FPS on ultra/high settings. Please bear in mind this is the only game I'll be playing on it.

Looking to stay under 600 shipped. Thanks in advance. I stupidly bought an Emachines from walmart with an old 6150se integrated video card, and I'm lucky to get 20 fps.

I forgot to add- I have no experience in building a system, so I guess I'd be looking for a prefab system.

I only need the tower-everything else I have.


since you already own a PC, i would just install a new PSU like the corsair 430w or antec neo-eco 400w. then get a single slot AMD 6850, assuming its not a celeron processor in that emachines, you will handle WoW fine. If you where looking to play other games then I would say build a new PC. No point spending another $600 just to play a $40 game.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

more budget friendly cards, will still handle WoW just fine

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 22, 2011 3:14:49 PM

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

A GTX460 matches a HD5870 and beats every other AMD card available at the time of the article, including HD5850's and HD6870's. The HD5770 is beaten by the GTS450.

Also shows that AMD CPU's cannot push above 60fps whereas Intel hits 100fps easily on the same GPU.


in terms of graphics, AMD has closed the gap with recent drivers so the cards are more even when compared to similar prices. Blizzard has always favored Nvidia though.



http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_6850_S...
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August 22, 2011 4:39:18 PM

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Lol at Zero, I've seen the article. But it was published a year ago when the 6850/6870 just got released. In fact since then, I've heard that the drivers have since improved, a lot. That's from that one review THG did with the drivers after a year.

@Jm_Sellers Dual-card or Dual-PCB cards have always performed rather bad in Blizzard games.

@008
I'm not sure, I would think it wouldn't. Both would have to be the same stick.
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August 22, 2011 4:58:01 PM

aznshinobi said:
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Lol at Zero, I've seen the article. But it was published a year ago when the 6850/6870 just got released. In fact since then, I've heard that the drivers have since improved, a lot. That's from that one review THG did with the drivers after a year.

@Jm_Sellers Dual-card or Dual-PCB cards have always performed rather bad in Blizzard games.

@008
I'm not sure, I would think it wouldn't. Both would have to be the same stick.


Lol, fail on that. In that case, picking up a HD6850 would be plenty for 1080p. Still, the CPU benches are correct :p  or am I fail again?
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August 22, 2011 5:07:28 PM

^ I'd have to agree with the CPU standpoint. The 6850 is defiantly enough for WoW that or the 460. I don't think WoW is crazy hard to run, not like BF3 for that matter.
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August 22, 2011 5:26:57 PM

wow will run fine on any modern dual core CPU or better and Intel definitely has a leg up on AMD but it's not like you can't play using an AMD CPU. Even the lowly Athlon II x2 will give you acceptable frame rates if teamed with a solid gaming card.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/62
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