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PC for WoW £500

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March 2, 2013 3:55:27 PM

Hello I'm looking to put together a PC for WoW with a strict budget of £500.

I have Mouse and Keyboard and Monitor.

So I need Optical Drive, HDD, GPU, CPU, PSU, Case, Mobo, RAM (think that's all)

Thanks in advanced! :hello: 

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March 3, 2013 11:56:14 AM

I build this machine for a family member who plays WoW, its a low-mid budget machine which will run every game thrown at it (high spec games on med settings) and runs WoW perfect at high settings.

Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2PV
Intel Core i3 2120 3.3GHz
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz
Casecom 500W
Casecom MA-1199 Shiny Silver with Black Front MATX Tower Case
TP-Link Wireless-N150 PCIe card
Total cost aprox £200
GPU a GTX 560 ti is plenty for wow and cost around £150
March 3, 2013 11:59:01 AM

A 1TB WD hdd also used and a cheep DVD drive unless you plan on burning a lot of media then with optical drives you get what you pay for :) 
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March 3, 2013 12:20:30 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£95.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£51.78 @ Aria PC)
Memory: GeIL EVO Leggara Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.90 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Sandisk 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£115.97 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card (£107.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.57 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.85 @ Aria PC)
Total: £503.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 14:20 GMT+0000)

the 6300 and 650ti will give you ultra settings at 45-65 fps, the ssd will shorten loading times
March 3, 2013 1:16:00 PM

Depends on your definition of 'play WoW'.

If that means 'hang out in old zones questing and picking flowers', then go with something like zink's build. Super cheap. Pretty much anything with discrete graphics (and some newer AMD APUs) will play WoW by that standard.

If it means 'casual battlegrounds, arenas, dungeons, maybe the occasional 10m raid, lots of instances and zoning' then go with Screwy's - you'll enjoy the SSD.

If you want to do LFR, 25m raids, serious 10m raiding, or if you want remotely playable framerates on world bosses and boss rooms in AV/IoC, though, you need to get more serious about the CPU. The one I'm suggesting is overkill, but it can't be beat in terms of bang-for-buck, and downgrading it doesn't really let you upgrade anything else in a major way until you cut at least £60 off the price. (I guess £30 cheaper would get you a Radeon 7870, so you could maybe do a core i5 2320 with a cheap 7870).

This is my suggestion if your WoW-playing involves a lot of large-scale combat at max level:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£68.99 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£39.99 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.39 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card (£130.26 @ Aria PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.99 @ Novatech)
Total: £506.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 14:59 GMT+0000)

Skip the optical drive - borrow one if you must, but hardly anything actually needs optical media. Windows can be installed by USB; pretty much everything else (including WoW) can be downloaded.

Pick up a cooler later so you can OC that CPU. Add an SSD boot/game drive at some point too (totally worth it).
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