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

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.

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

    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
  2. 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?

  3. 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.
  4. Well, I'm going to sleep, PM me if you need more help ;D

  5. 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 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.
  6. 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:?
    BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
    EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

    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?
  7. Cheap. If we start here:

    I don't think you would need a whole lot.

    Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
    2 GB RAM
    NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better
  8. 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.
  9. 136.00 = Core i3-2120 + Drive combo

    22.00 Mushkin 4gs

    121.00 ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

    That would be a start. The price on GPUs my drop a good bit, and I'd hold off for a few weeks.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Rough build
    8GB 1600 RAM
    64GB SSD
  13. 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:

  14. 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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