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Challenge: Cheapest Build for WoW & D3 Ultra Settings 1920x1080?

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March 21, 2012 7:00:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: May 2012

Budget Range: how low can you go?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: WoW & D3 only

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Windows 7 64 bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like Newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: I prefer nvidia, but would be willing to consider AMD if it really made a difference

Overclocking: Maybe, I've never done it.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Since I'm only going to use this machine for WoW and D3 I can get a tiny hard drive. I want to go with a single SSD. What is the smallest SSD I can get away with?

I don't care about future proofing or anything else. I just want the cheapest build possible that I can play WoW and D3 at ultra settings at 1920x1080.

Thanks!
March 21, 2012 7:25:57 PM

Wow and Dirt aren't exactly demanding so I would say

I3-2120
Asus P8Z68 V-LE
Sapphire 7870
Antec Earthwatts Green 630W
8 GB of cheapest 1600 CL9 RAM (that's not Wintec or PNY)
Rosewill Challenger case
64GB Crucial m4 SSD
Cheapest SATA 6gb/s hdd, depends how much capacity u want
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March 21, 2012 7:32:54 PM

By D3 I meant Diablo 3. Sorry for the confusion.

I'm not using this computer for surfing or any kind of storage. Strictly bare bones. I'm not even going to install an antivirus. I have other computers I use for surfing and mp3/video/picture storage. A single, tiny, SSD will do the trick.

So, what I'm getting from your suggestion, angaddev, is that I need a really good video card, but an inexpensive CPU will do the trick to get me what I want?

Thanks,
cd365
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March 21, 2012 7:38:14 PM

Yup, but if you want get the i5-2400 for 4 cores. Also a 64GB SSD might not be enough room, Windows uses about 40-45GB. Try a 120GB SSD.
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March 21, 2012 7:38:55 PM

Well, I'm going to sleep, PM me if you need more help ;D

Cheers
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March 21, 2012 7:55:52 PM

A reasonable Win 7 install for gaming only runs about 25GB. WoW (before Pandaria) is 25GB. I agree with angaddev that 64 is probably cutting it too close so maybe an 80GB model.

Agree about the 2400. As far as a GPU, the 7870 is overkill for WoW.

Check out us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-iii-system-requirements to see how low you can go for space and GPU (I can't get there from work).

I would at least run Microsoft Security Essentials. Since you have to be connected to the Internet for both games, you need at least a rudimentary virus scanner.
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March 21, 2012 8:15:56 PM

I'll take your word for it and install antivirus and such just to be sure. Thanks for the advice.

Could I get away with this:?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$94.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
$189.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
$289.99

That's a lot of $ for a video card. Are there any cheaper options that meet my criteria?

Do I need 8 gigs of RAM or could I get away with 4?

How many watts of power supply would I need minimum?
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March 21, 2012 9:13:19 PM

7870 for Wow? LOL, a 6770 can max out WoW at 60FPS. Get a 6870 which will max out D3 and WoW at over 60FPS.
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March 21, 2012 9:34:05 PM

I think we need Diablo 3 benchmarks before saying anything. The 6870 is best value for money ever though so you can't go wrong there.
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March 21, 2012 9:56:19 PM

Go for I5 AB 40vs40 and loads of extra addons require more cpu power then you think
As for GPU buy a minimum 7850 AMD card 8AA looks very nice

Don't believe a 5770 can handle WoW to well i know i have one+ i5
To lazy now to give any link i know i''ll get best answer for sure
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March 22, 2012 6:50:21 AM

Rough build
I5-2400
7850
8GB 1600 RAM
64GB SSD
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March 22, 2012 12:51:18 PM

What do you guys think of the Biostar MB I linked up there?

What do you think about the difference between the 7850 vs 560ti-448 core?

When are hard drive prices going to come back down? (I'm buying in May.)

Can I get away with this power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks,
cd
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March 22, 2012 2:27:35 PM

7850 consumes less power, is cooler in terms of temps, and is better in performance. Even though the 7850 is very efficient I would at the very least get a 550-600W PSU, incase you add HDDs and other peripherals
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