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January 15, 2013 11:29:18 AM

Hey all, I'm building a new computer for my cousin so he can play WoW, and I'm trying to go as cheap as possible within the medium - high settings range. At least so that 10 man raids are not laggy at all without sacrificing spell animations and other necessary settings. He only needs cpu, mobo, gfx card, and ram, here is what I have picked out, will this suffice?

ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX AM3+
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
ZOTAC ZT-61001-10M GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

He currently has a 450W PSU and a 320GB 3gb/s SATA HDD.

Thanks for the help!

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January 15, 2013 11:47:17 AM

Athlons are piss-poor CPUs, you can get i3 3220 for just a little bit more money
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=677

I'd go with this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $323.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 08:47 EST-0500)
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January 15, 2013 11:52:40 AM

you should get a a10-5800k
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-5800k-a8-5600k-...

the 5600k is damn close in performance so you might perfer that.
just keep in mind that the gpu and cpu both use the same memory so get ddr3 1866(company recomended) or better. there is a 25% performance difference in some games between 1333MHz and 1866MHz. and dont skimp and get 4gb its not enough you need 8GB for this.
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January 15, 2013 11:58:35 AM

nice site soda-88, i figured id use it for my recomendation.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xIGL

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $281.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 08:57 EST-0500)
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January 15, 2013 1:52:12 PM

Thanks guys, I'll definitely take your replies into consideration. I knew that AMD is far behind intel, but like I said I was looking for something cheap that will run fine.
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January 15, 2013 2:00:22 PM

That A10-5800k won't run mists of pandaria very well at all.. You really need a dedicated GPU. The i3 +7770 build will easily pull double the FPS.
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January 15, 2013 2:05:10 PM

And from what i understand those game tests are done away from other people in a controlled area of the game world so they can keep the results uniform for all settings. So do not expect close to those FPS when actually playing the game with people around.
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January 16, 2013 10:09:12 AM

Best answer selected by wask8n.
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