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Building new Computer for Warcraft


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Brad175

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I'm tired of playing World of Warcraft on a laptop! Besides, my laptop is sort of broken right now... Anyways, I've recently decided to start researching into building my own computer. The only problem is I have no idea what I'm doing. But I have already made a few decisions and some extra guidance would be much appreciated.

Goal
To find computer parts that are
1)good for playing World of Warcraft at max settings
2)compatible with the parts that have already been chosen(not bought)

Resources
no more than $650
($249 after already chosen parts)
If its not doable, just let me know

Specs
Parts that I've decided on:
Case >link< Gotta have it
Power Supply >link< do I need something this good?
Memory >link< I'm not dead set on this one, but I do want 4GB

Parts that I need help with:
Motherboard
64-bit CPU
Video Card (preferably an Nvidia)

And again, I really appreciate it. =)
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Hi Brad175 :)

Something you may find interesting or beneficial is a guide that I wrote that is pending placement in the how to guides forum on this website. Building a New Computer: Are My Parts Compatible?

Power Supply >link< do I need something this good?

No, you don't need anything that expensive or high in watts, but definitely a PSU that is 80 Plus certified with nice amperage on the +12v RAIL.

How does this look?

XCLIO Case - $90
Gigabyte Motherboard - $80
Athlon II x2 240 Regor CPU @2.8ghz - $59
Corsair XMS2 4GB (2gb x 2) - $100
Nvidia 9800GTX+ - $115
OCZ 500watt ModXtremePro 80 Plus Certified PSU - $65
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320gb, 7200RPM, 16mb cache. - $50
Samsung CD/DVD Burner Combo Drive - $20
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - OEM - $105

TOTAL = $684

Let me know what you think and just about everything is changeable, but of course it may come at a price. :)

Edited by Ferrari, 24 March 2010 - 08:36 PM.

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Wow, thanks for the quick response and the good information!
I can even get Windows 7 for free, so that's going to save me $100!

The only issue I have is with the Video Card. I've been reading a lot of reviews of PNY cards, and apparently the fans break quickly and easily.

Edited by Brad175, 24 March 2010 - 05:34 PM.

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Hi Brad,

I just noticed that you had replied, but I didn't receive a notification for it. Sorry for the delay.

I saw your other topic here, the best card in that list would probably be the 4850 (the GTS 250 is nice as well), however the 4870 would be even a better choice. HERE are the two Newegg has right now. However, for about the same price you can get a 5770 which is comparable, but it supports Direct X 11. HERE they are. I like the different Sapphire cards personally, but all are pretty good.

Edited by Ferrari, 26 March 2010 - 07:30 PM.

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Okay, one more question and I'll leave you alone lol.
I've decided to get either the Geoforce GTS 250 or the Radeon HD 4850. When I compare the cards, it seems as if the Geoforce is better all-around. The only place that the Radeon wins is FLOPS. How important do you think this is for gaming vs. better shader clock, effective and core memory?
Comparison

Edited by Brad175, 27 March 2010 - 09:11 PM.

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