Aug 21, 2011
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.


Since you want prebuilt, you are probably out of luck for your budget. Try this however.

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.

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.



Wow that's crazy, how is a GTX 275 beating a GTX 295?
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.

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



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?