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October 17, 2012 4:49:10 PM

Hello all,

The only game I play is wow and I won't be OC or anything I just want to raid 25 mans again. I have around $800 and I'm open to suggestions but I prefer intel. I found this deal and was wondering what to expect as my last build was five years ago. Thanks so much!
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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October 17, 2012 5:06:13 PM

That build has a 2500k, which is made to overclock, and the GPU is a little limited. It might play on ultra but not as well as it could. Check out this build. I will include a copy of windows, not sure if you need it or not.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kAGt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kAGt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kAGt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.97 @ CompUSA)

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($93.20 @ Amazon)

Total: $775.65

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 17, 2012 5:20:53 PM

Thanks ill take a look, sorry I just realized I didn't follow the sticky as I'm on my phone posting. I have windows and 1080p 24" monitor as well as razer mouse/keyboard. Thanks for your advice!
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October 17, 2012 5:26:31 PM

zared619 said:
That build has a 2500k, which is made to overclock, and the GPU is a little limited. It might play on ultra but not as well as it could. Check out this build. I will include a copy of windows, not sure if you need it or not.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kAGt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kAGt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kAGt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.97 @ CompUSA)

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($93.20 @ Amazon)

Total: $775.65

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Ivy Bridge has issues with the CX430 and that will be a bit underpowered for a 7850. It would be better to get something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise that's pretty much the exact same build I would have posted.
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October 17, 2012 5:44:29 PM

I've read in the past blizzard games perform smoother with nvidia cards, is this still the case or has that been fixed? I've stayed away from everything else the past few years. I currently have a 9800gtx+ but its barely holding on with the new expansion lol
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October 17, 2012 7:33:02 PM

I run WoW with my i3-2100 & 6850 (OC'ed) on Ultra with all eye candy maxed out and I don't go below 55fps in 5 mans. I don't raid so I'm sure my FPS would suffer in 10's & especially 25's. Remember that anything over 60FPS is a waste, so saying that it runs better on Nvidia is irrelevant (but it is true lol).

The built listed is awesome and would run circles around my setup and you see how mine performs.
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October 17, 2012 9:06:58 PM

Thanks for the info dscudella :) 
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October 17, 2012 9:24:43 PM

Coreysbuildi5 said:
Thanks for the info dscudella :) 


No problem. The only thing I would say to change, and this just trying to help you out is if you can manage another $20 get the 7870 instead of the 7850.
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October 17, 2012 9:33:31 PM

Definitely wouldn't be a problem if its just another $20 I'd do it. You have no problem with yours and WoW?
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October 17, 2012 9:46:04 PM

Problems as far as...? I don't raid, so I can't vouch for my performance in 10 / 25 mans. Solo questing I cap at 60 fps and in 5 mans I've never seen it drop below 55 fps using Fraps. I'm sure I would see some performance issues in raids though.

If you can swing the extra $20 then definitely get the 7870. The 7850 is cake, the 7870 is the icing on the cake.

XFX Radeon HD 7870 Ghz Edi 2gb 256-bit $239.99 shipped $219.99 after mail in rebate.

If you don't like that brand then you can swing for the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 Ghz Edi OC 2gb 256-bit for $249.99 shipped $234.99 after mail in rebate. This card has a slight factory overclock on the core & memory.

For $20-$30 might as well get the next step up.
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October 17, 2012 9:47:07 PM

78xx and even 79xx have some odd issues with WoW specifically. I highly recommend getting a nvidia card for WoW. The issue is crashing unexpectedly. There are plenty of forums with complaints. It seems to be extremely random. One person can have the exact same build and never get it to work right. While the other has no issues...

There was also a benchmark article with toms where the 7850 was crashing repeatedly and they even had a hard time getting a solid reading.
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October 17, 2012 9:55:49 PM

If you go the Nvidia route you'd be looking at the EVGA GTX 660 FTW 2gb 192-bit $239.99 + $7.56. It would be the best for your buck in the same price range. The GTX 660 can also reach 660 Ti performance when OC'ed.
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October 17, 2012 10:03:01 PM

unoriginal1 said:
78xx and even 79xx have some odd issues with WoW specifically. I highly recommend getting a nvidia card for WoW. The issue is crashing unexpectedly. There are plenty of forums with complaints. It seems to be extremely random. One person can have the exact same build and never get it to work right. While the other has no issues...

There was also a benchmark article with toms where the 7850 was crashing repeatedly and they even had a hard time getting a solid reading.


I believe this is the review you were talking about HERE?

Quoted "The Radeon HD 7800s don’t do particularly well in World of Warcraft, finishing behind their respective predecessors, albeit just slightly. More importantly, they succumb to the comparable GeForce cards they’ve been matching pace with up until now....The finishing order is the same with 8x AA applied. With that in mind, all of the Radeon cards average more than 60 frames per second at both resolutions, yielding playable performance....Finally, we have to mention that the Radeon HD 7850 crashed over and over during testing, requiring far too many reboots before we were finally able to capture useable benchmark results."
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October 17, 2012 10:06:51 PM

dscudella said:
I believe this is the review you were talking about HERE?

Quoted "The Radeon HD 7800s don’t do particularly well in World of Warcraft, finishing behind their respective predecessors, albeit just slightly. More importantly, they succumb to the comparable GeForce cards they’ve been matching pace with up until now....The finishing order is the same with 8x AA applied. With that in mind, all of the Radeon cards average more than 60 frames per second at both resolutions, yielding playable performance....Finally, we have to mention that the Radeon HD 7850 crashed over and over during testing, requiring far too many reboots before we were finally able to capture useable benchmark results."


Yes sir that's the one. It seems (for what little ive researched it) to be limited specifically to newer amd cards. When not crashing they are as to be expected and awesome. Really seems to be hit or miss :/  don't know if this is driver issues.. or what but WoW just seems to like nvidia better for whatever reason.
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October 18, 2012 4:47:57 AM

Thanks guys that actually works out a little better as I'm partial to nvidia myself. Thanks for your help!
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October 18, 2012 5:18:27 AM

Glad we could help.
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