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New Build for WoW, how will it run?Budget Build

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September 7, 2012 1:32:17 AM

As stated in the title, i'm building a very cheap budget build for WoW i want to know how this will run, im on a very tight budget so all of the advice will help, i dont need to run on ultra or even high settings, just decent settings with good fps. This is my setup so far, i will be buying this build as soon as possible,
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card: - I'm getting this from a friend, NVIDIA 8800 GT Series
Ram - Either
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or this :

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If anybody can elaborate on this build and tell me how it will perform, that would be greatly appreciated, ALSO, if theres any parts i could switch out for cheaper that wont affect the quality too much that would also be greatly appreciated, thanks a lot guys.

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September 7, 2012 1:37:35 AM

That mobo is for Intel chips.
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September 7, 2012 1:41:31 AM

Yes, first of all, you need to switch either your CPU or MB, they don't match.
I currently have a 955 BE and it runs okay. I'm upgrading big time to an i7 3770k though.
You mentioned quality, you mentioned GPU, but you didn't mention resolution, frame rate, group vs 25 man raid.
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September 7, 2012 1:53:21 AM

Okay which would you suggest switching?I'm just trying to put together a cheap budget build to play WoW since i only get about 5fps on my laptop on low settings lol, i'd be interested in playing maybe medium settings 40-60 fps, i will be doing 25 man raids so anything around 25 + would be a huge improvement on what im playing at now. Resolution i believe ill be on is 1680 x 1050 thanks guys
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September 7, 2012 2:05:21 AM

Hold off for a few weeks. Piledriver is coming in Oct., and it looks to be a bit better than the Phenom II's.
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September 7, 2012 2:09:51 AM

Your build is a little bit all over the place; you're picking a new line MB, that can run the latest $300 CPU, but you only need a low-end version.
I'd start with Tom's recent build: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-overclock...
You're using your friend's GPU, so that brings your budget down to $330.
I'd use pcpartpicker.com and you can probably save another $30 or get the 870 CPU upgrade and 8GB RAM for the same price.
However, that GPU isn't great by today's standard. I had trouble in 25 man's with the 9800GT, which was basically a rebadged 8800GT. I'm now running a GTX570 and still can run full screen with all eye candy.
WoW is one of the few CPU intensive games.
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September 7, 2012 2:14:08 AM

Yeah i dont know much of anything about MB, RAM, or anything in general, If i can cut off some money on the motherboard i can probably get a newer video card. Sorry i just don't know much. And Obsama1 i really cant wait i need to get my comp soon for school since my laptop is having all sorts of problems lately with the HDD and shuts off randomly. Hard to save my work and such
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September 7, 2012 2:26:24 AM

Read through the link I posted on building your own system. There's also a how-to guide to walk you through all the steps. Those 2 things will tell you what you need to know.
Here's basically Tom's build, but I upgraded you to 8GB, the next CPU upgrade, which is only $10 more and left off the GPU; learn to use this site: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gLMd
You can register and add email notifications for price drops. If you check out the MB, you'll see it was $17 less recently. So don't buy an item at the top of the price graph.
If money is tight, I'd stick with your friend's GPU and upgrade it as soon as you can. Then add an SSD for your OS, programs and games.
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September 7, 2012 2:31:50 AM

Okay, how would that build run WoW Robertrobert?And is the processor you linked better then the AMD one i linked?Because the AMD one is the same price since its 20$ off.
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September 7, 2012 2:33:34 AM

The problem is i never know whats compatible with what, thats why im kind of linking random stuff, i need to research more. I would like to stay as close to if not below the 330$ range if possible.
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September 7, 2012 2:34:24 AM

The MB you posted only fits i3-i7 CPUs, so you'll have to spend at least $125 for a Core i3-2120. Which is definitely an upgrade over the Tom's listed CPU and that new MB has better reviews too.
You're getting away from 'very cheap budget' really fast.
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September 7, 2012 2:50:24 AM

The Phenom ll processors have an AM3 socket (which fits in AM3 and AM3+ motherboards, only difference is that AM3+ can also use the new generation CPU) . If you try to put it in a Intel based LGA 1155 socket it just won't fit. Look at these motherboards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...

Although I'd recommend switching to something like this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
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September 7, 2012 2:53:52 AM

From this page: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

"With the sub-$100 Pentiums performing so well, Intel's $125 Core i3-2100 easily beats more expensive Phenom II and FX models. And the $190 Core i5-2400 dominates the sub-$200 landscape without challenge, really. As such, we're almost-shockingly left without an AMD CPU to recommend at any price point."
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September 7, 2012 4:09:17 AM

Not sure if you need an i3 for that MB. Newegg says you do, but I'm not sure Newegg is right, you'll need to do your own research.
Read the links, read the charts on the links. The Tom's $500 build gives you 75fps on BF3 at medium and 1680x1050. You'll do even better on WoW. But again, that's with a brand new $170 video card in the full $500 budget.
You can't really compare tech that's 4 years apart, but if you insist, here you are: http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=544&card2...
Your old card will be doing 1/3 the work of the new card.
Going to bed now.
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September 8, 2012 6:56:21 PM
September 8, 2012 7:10:21 PM

zlelementlz said:
Okay which would you suggest switching?I'm just trying to put together a cheap budget build to play WoW since i only get about 5fps on my laptop on low settings lol, i'd be interested in playing maybe medium settings 40-60 fps, i will be doing 25 man raids so anything around 25 + would be a huge improvement on what im playing at now. Resolution i believe ill be on is 1680 x 1050 thanks guys


Dang...5fps...that's like playing on my netbook. It will not cost much to play at your desired level. In fact, a computer around $500-600 will probably allow you to play on the high settings given that you are on a 1680x1050.

Another factor that might be affecting your fps, is probably you are using outdated addons. I had this problem when WOW was patched to 5.04. I play on asus gaming laptop and was having 10fps which seemed really odd. I disabled all my addons and it jumped back to average of 80fps in Org (yes, i'm horde) on good settings. Even with updated addons, it was around 70fps.
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September 8, 2012 7:17:50 PM

no i'm just playing on a shitty laptop lol, so i just want a very cheap gaming budget build to get me through the next few months until i can upgrade
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September 9, 2012 6:13:53 PM

Okay i upped my budget a bit, and this is what i stumbled upon
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Everything Else: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
I KNOW the PSU is cheap and low wattage, but it should last me until i can get another soon enough. If anyone has any recomendations on a cheap PSU/Case combo or even separately that would help. Together the price of the case and psu after rebates is $77. If you can beat that let me know, thanks
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September 9, 2012 7:16:14 PM

Don't forget you'll eventually need money for an OS, but you can use Windows 8 RC for now.
I don't think there's much benefit in 1866 RAM, but if the combo deal makes it cheaper than 1600 RAM, go for it.
That's a nice system that will be held back by the 5 year old card.
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September 9, 2012 7:28:50 PM

yeah i plan to upgrade the GPU and PSU within the next 2 months or so
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