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May 6, 2012 9:00:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of May

Budget Range: as cheap as possible!!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: World of Warcraft, possibly Diablo 3, and Internet Browsing.

Parts Not Required: DvdRW drive, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, and Windows 7 Ultimate

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: Wisconsin, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Still not sure what this is.

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768, but will be upgrading to 19in LCD widescreen tv/monitor

Additional Comments: Basically just looking for a very cheap, but reliable PC to play WoW on. Do not need Ultra Settings, shadows and water effects are not important, but would like max view distance and spell detail. Would like to be able to run while raiding (25 people) without running really low FPS.
If anyone could help me out with an UBER cheap build that'd be great!

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May 6, 2012 9:10:53 PM

Just about anything off the shelf will run WoW pretty good.
You seem to be in conflict however.
You post a build sheet, but describe a premade.
a b Ý World of Warcraft
May 6, 2012 9:18:02 PM

you be looking an an i-3 cpu and a 6850 video card there 129.00 now and a 600-650w power supply. for motherboard look at the h61 units that are under 100.00. dont go real cheap like the biostar one you wont be able to find any memory that on the mb qual list. ram would be two 4 gig ram kit. case would be any cheap case that the op would like. myself i add the i5-2400 that running 180.00 online. if he ever gets a better monitor his cpu would be bottlenecking. if he cant afffored the i3 then i wouldgo with a cheap amd cpu and mb.
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May 6, 2012 9:19:58 PM

I feel like my money would be better spent with a Custom built PC than something off the shelf. More bang for my buck. I recently was looking to spend 500$, but decided that I'd really only be willing to spend around 400 max.
May 6, 2012 9:26:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($60.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $372.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-06 17:25 EDT-0400)

Seeing that your budget is so low ($400), and WoW is both cpu/gpu intensive I couldn't really find a definite build. But this is definitely a starting point.
May 6, 2012 9:32:18 PM

Here is a great system for playing WoW that is cheap.

CPU = Intel Core i3-2120 - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard = MSI H67A-G43 SATA 3 USB 3 AMD CrossFireX Motherboard - $65 with MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM = Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB DDR3 1333MHz - $42
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics = XFX Radeon 6850 1GB GDDR5 - $125 with MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD = Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM 6GB/s - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case = Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid Tower Case - $40 with promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU = Cooler Master GX 450W 80Plus Bronze - $35 with MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a great but cheap build, comes in at $500 but it will be able to play WoW at pretty high settings.
May 6, 2012 9:35:58 PM

Cold_war's build looks good. Just grab any optical drive to go with it.

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May 6, 2012 9:53:02 PM
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Here's what I would go with. $493.93.......but it's quality parts and the latest video card tech.

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Cooler Master Elite 430 - $49.99

Motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - MSI H61M-P20 ( PCIe 3.0 ) - $49.99

Video card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - MSI R7750 ( PCIe 3.0 ) - $119.99

Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 - $44.99

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $124.99

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $23.99

Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s - $79.99

It is closer to $500 than $400, but I never recommend parts or a build that I wouldn't use and be happy with. I think this system would be amazing for the price, and last a good long while.
May 6, 2012 10:11:41 PM

GPU - One of these three: HD 6770, HD 6790, GTX 550ti $110-$120
CPU - Dual Core Sandy Bridge $70-$125
MOBO - 1155 H61 $50 upgrade for more features (USB 3 SATA 6/GBs)
PSU - <500w These 2 are 430W $40-$45 (I actually own both of these and they are equally nice, though the antec doesn't come with a power cord)
Case - cases are pretty subjective this one is the cheapest one on newegg with free shipping $24
HDD - 500GB $80 more if you need space about $100 for a 1Tb and $120 for a 2TB
RAM - 8GB DDR3 1600 $42
May 6, 2012 10:25:00 PM

Look at these benchmarks

Benchmark Results: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Picking A Sub-$200 Gaming CPU

You don't need an i3, the pentiums do just fine and cost a lot less. Obviously the i3 is a better choice, but when you're on a budget, you're on a budget.

All the cards tested offer 60+ FPS at a resolution greater than yours with ultra settings and no AA. At 1080p only 2 cards don't meet 60 FPS but are close.
May 6, 2012 10:36:21 PM

lycros said:
Look at these benchmarks

Benchmark Results: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Picking A Sub-$200 Gaming CPU

You don't need an i3, the pentiums do just fine and cost a lot less. Obviously the i3 is a better choice, but when you're on a budget, you're on a budget.

All the cards tested offer 60+ FPS at a resolution greater than yours with ultra settings and no AA. At 1080p only 2 cards don't meet 60 FPS but are close.


Well I am not 100% sure but was thinking of playing Diablo 3 as well in the future. As it does come out very soon.
Is it a better idea to just spend the extra 100$ for a higher quality comp?
May 6, 2012 10:54:31 PM

Aight mang imma set u up with an awesome build that will rock. Aight hurr it is

AMD triple core 77.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Biostar Mobo 44.99 great reviews
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8gb g.skill ramz 41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case 34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler master PSU 44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD 7750 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

320gb HDD 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:424.93

Thats as cheap as i could go while still trying to make it able to play WoW 25 mans with decent FPS. But i got close
May 6, 2012 10:56:07 PM

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Well I am not 100% sure but was thinking of playing Diablo 3 as well in the future. As it does come out very soon.
Is it a better idea to just spend the extra 100$ for a higher quality comp?


Yes, if you can afford it.

The i3 2120 and HD 6850 would be good choices for this price range.

Pretty much any of the motherboards suggested, any case suggested, any 2 x 4GB 1333-1600 DDR3 RAM (preferably 1600 but it won't make a huge difference), I would recommend against that coolermaster PSU especially since the corsair and antec (430w) are most likely of higher quality, and get whatever size HDD you need/want I prefer WD and Samsung because I've had good experiences with them and I've had bad experiences with seagates.

Edit: Diablo 3 isn't that graphically demanding either.
May 6, 2012 11:12:18 PM

WoW runs better on Nvidia look it up on toms there's a lot of proof benchmarking this. Go with an i3 and maybe a GTX 550 ti.

I have a 60 dollar gts 250 and i5-2500 while I wait for my 6xx series. The GTS 250 runs wow ultra, shadows at good, 8x AA, and 8x AF between 85-125 FPS

My last build had a 5870 it was 300 when I bought it, and an i7-940 WoW all settings at ultra with 8x AA and 16 AF. it wouldn't go over 65 fps.

I'm not an nvidia fan boy blizzard games run better on nvidia. Don't spend extra money just go nvidia instead. Check the benchmarks.
May 7, 2012 7:06:52 AM

Really guys?
Comeon dude!
I'm running wow with an old Core2Quad @ 2.5ghz and duel HD4650 cards.
I get 60fps running wow, easy, in SW...
WoW is more network dependent however, crappy internet, crappy wow...
May 7, 2012 2:33:58 PM

Cold_War said:


Graphics = XFX Radeon 6850 1GB GDDR5 - $125 with MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU = Cooler Master GX 450W 80Plus Bronze - $35 with MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



That PSU cannot run your GPU. The XFX HD6850 has 2 6-pin PCI-E power connector slots, but that PSU only has 1 PCI-E connector. I suggest going with another GPU manufacturer, like HIS. Their HD6850 cards only require 1 6-pin connector.
May 7, 2012 3:57:17 PM

memadmax said:
Really guys?
Comeon dude!
I'm running wow with an old Core2Quad @ 2.5ghz and duel HD4650 cards.
I get 60fps running wow, easy, in SW...
WoW is more network dependent however, crappy internet, crappy wow...


I have pretty good internet. Road Runner Business Class.

So that is definitely not an issue.
May 7, 2012 8:12:55 PM

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