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Old March 15, 2011, 09:17 AM
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Hello Folks,

I will be building a new computer specifically to play WoW, I have a few questions to ask the experts.

I would like:

- to run WoW, Vent, 1 explorer window and Itunes as the same time
- WoW running at its maximum quality settings
- +50 FPS
- 24 inch monitor @ native res

My questions are "what is overkill"

CPU

Processore speed: Over 3.2ghz?
Cores: More then 2?
FSB: Does it matter?
Hyper Transport: Does it matter?
L2/L3 cache: Do they matter?

MB

PCI Express 16 is a gimme
Is SATA 6/gb/s worth it?
Does the Northbridge matter?
Does SLI matter?

Memory

DDR 3 over 2 worth it?
Amount, over 4GB?
Speed?
Latency?
Timings?

VC

ATI or Nvidia?
GPU? what is enough
Memory? Amount, Speed

Anything else I have missed considering. Thank you very much in advance for your time.
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Old March 15, 2011, 09:26 AM
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Considering that it's just WoW, you don't need anything more than a duo core processor (i3/i5 or X2), 4GB ram (DDR3 > DDR2 because of how cheap it is nowadays and timings won't matter too much). I would choose not just an inexpensive GPU but one with low power consumption. Maybe a 450 but then again it's a 24" at native which would be 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 so maybe a 460 or 550 or 5770. An example build might be one I made last year:
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Old March 15, 2011, 10:10 AM
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WoW is 7 years old so depending on your current system probably the best thing you can get for wow to improve gameplay is a Killer NIC or similar. Something like this: NCIX.com - Buy Visiontek Killer 2100 Gaming NIC 128MB 400MHZ Gigabit Network Interface Card PCI-E1 - VISIONTEK - 900317 - in Canada

If you give a budget we can make some part recommendations for you for new build. I saw that Asus Rampage III Black Ed. has Thunderbolt which is pretty cool. Expensive board though.
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Thank you for your responces so far. Budget would probably be about 1K Canadian. However, what I really want to know is what attitbutes listed above will affect the performance of the game considering the perameters.

Ok I don't need anything more then a dual core, does the GHZ of that processor matter? Enough to warrant spending money for the fastest? Will the FSB affect game play?

Will the Killer Nic be of value if the computer is hooked up to a DLink Gaming router? (My wife also plays)
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Old March 15, 2011, 10:44 AM
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I would say probably the best performance for the $$ right now is a Sandy Bridge build. Do you need hard drives, dvd drives, operating system, monitor and all that or do you already have?

I would go with a 2500k $235, ASUS P8H67-M Evo $140, Corsair 750w $95, and perhaps a GTX 560 Ti $250, 8GB Mushkin Stiletto $85. That is around $800 and a hell of a good start.

Killer Nic is fine with router.
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If your budget is 1k you might as well get the best build you can... Especially if you see yourself playing any other game in the next couple years (Diablo III maybe?). I agree with the build above (sandy bridge) but go either gtx 560ti or HD 6950 (1gb would be fine but 2gb is better) and the ram, that mushkin ram is expensive and you really don;t get much extra performance from it compared to $50 ram.

I'd go with the same Mobo and processor

Buy COOLERMASTER [RC-912-KKN1] Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound

NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB - Intel - BX80623I52500K - in Canada

NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 1GB 5GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card - XFX - HD695XZNFC - in Canada

pcSonic.com...all for your computer - Hard Drives :: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM (HD103SJ)

cheapest optical drive you can find (unless you want bluray but I wouldn't get it anyways) $15

NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit - G.Skill - F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - in Canada

ASUS P8H67-M Evo <REV 3.0> mATX H67 LGA1155 2PCI-E16 PCI-E1 PCI DP HDMI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard - DirectCanada

Corsair TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V Single Rail 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze - DirectCanada

Brings you just under $900 and it will last you for a couple years.

If you'd rather spend less then pretty much any build using recent parts will do, WoW is pretty easy to run.

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Thank you again.

The 1K would be for MB, Processor, Memory, Video, and HD. May I ask "why' the Sandy Bridge over other processors? Why does it stand out and a prefered CPU for this game in your opinion. Does WoW take advantage of the 4 cores of the 2400? Is system or graphics card memory more important if you to run at full visual settings (Ultra + 4x anisotropic). Is SLI functionality available on this game? Is it worth it?
The Samsung spinpoint F3 is a 3Gb/s drive would a 6Gb/s SATA drive be better (WD Caviar)
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WoW isn't optimized to any CPU. All you need really is a CPU that can keep up. Sandy Bridge can easily do that while also being future ready. IMHO, $1,000 is overkill for "just WoW."
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Thank you again.

The 1K would be for MB, Processor, Memory, Video, and HD. May I ask "why' the Sandy Bridge over other processors? Why does it stand out and a prefered CPU for this game in your opinion. Does WoW take advantage of the 4 cores of the 2400? Is system or graphics card memory more important if you to run at full visual settings (Ultra + 4x anisotropic). Is SLI functionality available on this game? Is it worth it?
The Samsung spinpoint F3 is a 3Gb/s drive would a 6Gb/s SATA drive be better (WD Caviar)
Almost every game at this point can't make use of 4 cores, but for the price and the futureproofing, it may be worth it. Graphics card memory only starts becoming a real issue when you get into 30" monitor resolutions. I am unsure on SLI, however it would be better to buy a single more powerful card. Lastly, SATA 6Gb/s is pretty much useless for anything besides SSDs. Hard drives can't max out a SATA 3Gb/s bus, let alone make use of the extra headroom of the newer spec.
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