I haven't built a computer since 2002. Since then, a lot has changed obviously.
I know what I want to do is possible. I'm questioning the practicality. Also, cost is of concern as well.
I play World of Warcraft on a Toshiba Satellite from 2006. It does everything I want it to do, besides WoW. Raiding and certain instances cause a lot of lag. I know it's not from my internet connection. All I'm working off of is integrated graphics and an AMD Turion 64 processor. In my defense, when I bought the laptop, it was not to play WoW Anyways, I've been shopping around for a microATX case, microATX motherboard, processor, RAM, graphics card, hard drive.
Here's my vision: the laptop does well with basic questing and farming. I can go just about anywhere with my toons and not have to worry about lag. However, any raid instance, and a few 5-man instances cause a great deal of lag. I'd like to build a cheap system that will allow me to raid and do pretty much whatever I want to do, that my laptop will not currently let me do. And, while brushing up on the new technology that's come out in the past couple years, I've noticed that HDMI is an option. I have a 42" Vizio LCD TV with a free HDMI port. I would like to utilize this. Thusly, I'd like to place this computer near my TV stand. So, I would like to have a small case that won't look out of place.
Now, eventually, I'd like to get a pretty nice, big monitor, and just have this computer hooked to that. But, for the time being, I think this would be cool to try out. Since most of the raiding I get invited to is late at night, I wouldn't have to worry about hogging the TV when my better half is sleeping. Plus, I think it would be awesome to play on that large of a screen.
I've done some crude research. I've picked a case, motherboard, and processor. I guess what I'm needing is advice and guidance on the rest.
Since this computer will be primarily for WoW, I'm not looking to spend a fortune. If I had to give a price range, I'd say between $300 to $500. If it's worth the money for certain things, I would definitely consider going beyond that.
Here's what I found so far:
Motherboard: ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision
Case: Sentey SS1-2422 Dark Red Slim Tower LCD Display microATX with ITX 450W Power Supply
I guess my questions are:
Are these parts good and compatible with each other?
Are there better alternatives?
Are there parts that will work better with WoW than these?
I'm kinda clueless when it comes to this. So, any help or advice is greatly appreciated.