I am looking for a desktop computer in the 1500 dollar range that can be upgraded in the future that will run WoW Cataclysm and maybe a couple of other wow expansions before I need to upgrade again. I like the specs of cyberpower and ibuypower but am open to other suggestions. I am guessing the main item I need to consider is the video card because it has the biggest impact on FPS? Also for a warcraft/online college setup is there any real advantage of amd vs nvidia? I am looking for the quietest rig possible so if one video card beats the other in that department that may help me decide. Any help is appreciated.
I do not want to build myself.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Online College classes primary use, World of Warcraft gaming, I have played since 2005 and want to play the game at the highest settings, also want to future proof by purchasing a computer that is upgradable to the point it will last a few more wow expansions, 4 or more years at least.
Parts Not Required: I have a Gateway 1920x1200 HD 1080P monitor, not the greatest but no need to buy a new monitor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: So far I like cyberpower and ibuypower, but have heard from many they aren't the way to go. If I purchase from either company I intend to custom build, not buy off the rack.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type Want to go with Intel Core i7, not sure on AMD or Nvidia graphics card, looking for advice here, the quieter and more reliable the better.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC, I currently have a Gateway FX540B and I hate how loud it is, I will pay extra for a quiet PC, or take steps to make a loud pc quieter. Although the primary use of the computer is classes at Texas A&M using Windows Office professional 2007, I am mainly interested in purchasing the computer from a gaming standpoint because if the computer can easily run WoW at high settings, school will be a piece of cake. The main advice I want is how to make it quiet, and how to purchase video card/s and the motherboard. I really like ibuypower and cyberpowerpc pricing, if I purchase from them I will build custom direct and not purchase from newegg etc. I am not going to build on my own, and will purchase from a company. Already to far in to the semester to take on a project like that.