cbranham23

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Hello everyone. I'm currently in the market for a gaming desktop, one capable of running wow at 60 FPS on ultra/high settings. Please bear in mind this is the only game I'll be playing on it.

Looking to stay under 600 shipped. Thanks in advance. I stupidly bought an Emachines from walmart with an old 6150se integrated video card, and I'm lucky to get 20 fps.

I forgot to add- I have no experience in building a system, so I guess I'd be looking for a prefab system.

I only need the tower-everything else I have.
 
I would not recommend a prebuilt, they are expensive and often not built very well. I would learn how to do it yourself and do it that way, it's not as hard as you might think. That way you can get a nice build such as this:

i3-2100 - $124.99
4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1333Mhz - $29.99
Sapphire HD 6850 1GB - $154.99 ($139.99 with rebate)
500GB Seagate Barracuda - $39.99
Corsair CX-430 430W - $44.99 ($34.99 with rebate)
Rosewill R101-P-BK - $29.99
ASRock H61M-VS - $59.99
LG DVD Burner - $18.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - $99.99

Total $603.91 before $25 rebates.

EDIT: If you need to reduce the cost a bit you could drop the GPU down to a GTS 450 or HD 5770 or HD 6770 but the HD 6850 is much better.
 

Zero_

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Since you want prebuilt, you are probably out of luck for your budget. Try this however.
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1DFDVU

If you can get someone to build one for you, this build is meant to do exactly what you need, and it costs just $550.
http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/world-of-warcraft-ultra-settings-gaming.html

Get a friend to fix it up and pay him $50 to do it ;) and you'll still end up with a better PC than you can ever get pre-built for that budget.

EDIT: Just so you know, WoW heavily favours Intel and Nvidia, so stick with those. AMD stuff maybe cheaper, but you'll get better performance with a Intel + Nvidia combo.
 

Zero_

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Wow that's crazy, how is a GTX 275 beating a GTX 295?
 
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Lol at Zero, I've seen the article. But it was published a year ago when the 6850/6870 just got released. In fact since then, I've heard that the drivers have since improved, a lot. That's from that one review THG did with the drivers after a year.

@Jm_Sellers Dual-card or Dual-PCB cards have always performed rather bad in Blizzard games.

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I'm not sure, I would think it wouldn't. Both would have to be the same stick.
 

Zero_

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Lol, fail on that. In that case, picking up a HD6850 would be plenty for 1080p. Still, the CPU benches are correct :p or am I fail again?