Hello everybody , so a guy I know asked me to spec out a build for him to play WoW with some multiboxing action (which I had never heard of), and tho I've done a buch of upgrades/heavy rebuilds I didn't tell him I've never actually done a 100% scratch build before ... anyway, after reading up a bit here's what I've came up with (largely cribbed from threads here, thanks )
Total = 755 inc some fans & a few other odds n ends.
There's plenty of power there for what he wants, almost exactly double the benchmark scores a WoW multiboxing site recommends (E8400@3.00ghz, 4G ram, Geforce 9800, tho that article is from late '09), I just wanna make sure it's an ok balance & I've not made any obvious bad choices (this is v2, v1 was cpu heavy).
I'd *really*like to stay around this current price (tho I gave him a ballpark of a grand) since he's a single parent who's just got back to work & I don't wanna overload him, I figure (something like) this'll do for now then if he's not happy with the performance (or just gets itchy feet) he can think about upgrading the cpu/gfx in a year or so when he's caught up with all the other stuff he wants to do.
Maybe change the case, I was gonna get some red led feet/fans & a red ccfl to trick it out a little but now I'm thinking if his kid's young having a bunch of bright/flashing lights might not be such a good idea... I'll prolly leave the case choice to him tbh. Also drop the ssd & just run the WD (I know it's only a few bucks for more a 500gig, I'll give him that option too), or ssd/hdd for a seagate hybrid drive ...? Maybe the psu's a little to powerful? I dunno ...
he was talking* about a multi screen set up, I guess he'd need a better gfx card?
*tho he was also talking about multi cpu (maybe he meant multi core?) and sli configs too, so grain of salt and all that...
Approximate Purchase Date: unsure, I'm gonna say ~2 months
Parts Not Required: unsure, I'll check with him & see what he's already got
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any american based site will do, I'm already at newegg, tigerdirect & frozencpu tho
Parts Preferences: no preference
Overclocking: Maybe for an upgrade in ~ a year
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe for an upgrade in ~ a year
I kinda like the look of a 6850 as a nice middle ground between the 7770 & 6950, I should catch up with him next early week tho so I'll try and nail him down on a budget, time frame, and whether he has any requirements re m/k/v etc and we'll see what fits