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Looking for WoW only system <$600

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July 26, 2012 4:12:33 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Withing the month

Budget Range: $400 to with $600 Max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Main thing I need this system for is WoW gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Will need everything new

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, but whatever will work.

Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This is for a co-worker who was talking about buying a new system. I suggested building one instead because for gaming you want to get a better then average video card and with building your own you can tweak the system to those needs. I told him I would research for him and get back to him with some specs and sample builds. Any help or what you guys would think is best? I have read on here that WoW isnt as hard on graphics cards as other games. So if I dont need go crazy on that card, would like to spend the money elsewhere.


Thanks for any suggestions you guys might have!

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Anonymous
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July 26, 2012 4:18:43 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H67A-G43 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.75 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $538.67
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-26 00:23 EDT-0400)

and before people freak about the PSU

Measured power consumption R7770
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 86 Watts
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July 26, 2012 4:58:23 AM

Id grab a Radeon HD 6870 over the 7770. It should put you right at the 600 mark for the budget and it will perform alot better.
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July 26, 2012 5:03:45 AM

You really should upgrade monitor as well, 1280x1024 is the standard resolution from over 10 years ago, not to mention it would be a large waste of graphics horsepower.

Also, ive been playing wow since 2005 and two thing:

1. Intel plays wow 50% better than amd at the same price points, sometimes even more. If you just play wow on your PC, do not even consider buying an amd product.

2. Nvidia cards play wow better than amd, but not as much of a difference as the intel vs amd above. For example a gtx 465 plays wow about equal to a radeon 6950, which by specs and cost they are not in the same tier.

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July 26, 2012 10:44:45 PM

Thanks alot for the input. So what would be the recommended Nvidia card to replace the ones suggested above?

Also what would be a good monitor for about a $100 bucks or so?
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July 27, 2012 11:35:22 AM

Those would be the equivalent nvidia cards? So nvidia is more expensive for comparable cards?
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Anonymous
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July 27, 2012 3:29:22 PM

this is the same price wise but wouldn't be as good, about ~3-5 fps less, though you still could use the same PSU:
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Superclocked $126.90
After Mail In Rebate: $106.90

EDIT sorry i was a bit wrong about that:
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July 27, 2012 3:38:10 PM

If you're playing nothing but WoW it would be an epic mistake to buy AMD/ATI graphics.

Look at some benchmarks on toms. Nvidia is always better than AMD/ATI on WoW, and not by a small margin either - its very significant.
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July 27, 2012 8:32:49 PM

Just want to thank you guys for the input. Learned alot about what works and what doesnt from the info you all gave me. I swapped out the AMD card for a Nvidia card and took out the optical drive as I have a one just laying here I can put in that I dont use. So this system will get the job done? The system he has been using is over 5 years old and he replaced the video card 3 times. So I am sure this is going to be huge difference for him.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H67A-G43 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($107.44 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $520.93
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-27 16:25 EDT-0400)


Probably going to add a monitor in too, I was talking to him about it and he seems like he would like a new monitor also. Anywhere I can cut back to squeeze a basic $100 monitor in, nothing fancy. Maybe in the processor?

Can I get away with going with a

Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor

and maybe saving about $60 bucks or will the jump from quad core to dual core be that horrible that its not worth it?

Again appreciate all the help
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Anonymous
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July 27, 2012 8:46:28 PM

when you put it that way . .go for the i3, it will give you about 15% less in fps but at a 30% cost reduction in price.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/62
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July 27, 2012 9:02:38 PM

Wow thanks for that link, see the difference. Met to ask but I think you answered already with that comparison.

This would NOT be a better system then? Using the i3 but a better video card?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI H67A-G43 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $496.48
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-27 17:01 EDT-0400)
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Anonymous
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July 27, 2012 9:06:57 PM

after doing a little reading, i do not play WoW, you will take a hit in fps during 25 man raids. but overall you ought to be able to have a nice constant 60+fps with that set up.
(something about lowering particles will help during the raids)
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July 27, 2012 9:09:40 PM

Anonymous said:
after doing a little reading, i do not play WoW, you will take a hit in fps during 25 man raids. but overall you ought to be able to have a nice constant 60+fps with that set up.
(something about lowering particles will help during the raids)


Okay so the price point may be worth it then. Good to know! I am not a gamer, so all this stuff is news to me. I really do appreciate all the help!
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Anonymous
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July 27, 2012 9:13:44 PM

Nschuck said:
Okay so the price point may be worth it then. Good to know! I am not a gamer, so all this stuff is news to me. I really do appreciate all the help!

you're doing a good job tweaking the build with knowing what you want to do with it and asking questions.
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August 1, 2012 5:24:37 AM

I have to replace the motherboard at the one suggested it out of stock now and only had 50/50 reviews with alot of DOAs. Was looking at this one.

I have $80-85 bucks left to play with total, as I bought everything else at stand right around $515 so far.

I was looking at this one?

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