Need Advice


Apr 24, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Undecided

Budget Range: Up to $6,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing WoW, video editing, photo editing, watching movies, writing essays, web browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, headset, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: No preference

Parts Preferences: Motherboard and Monitor: ASUS, Case: Cooler Master, no preference for the rest
Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm trying to decide between a Mac Pro, a MAINGEAR SHIFT, or a custom build... The Mac Pro seems like it's over priced, but I'm getting sick of running Windows. It needs to be able to run WoW on Ultra settings with no lag, and be able to handle addons for the game so that it doesn't nerf my frame rate.

manu 11

Jan 6, 2011
woh, you got a beasty budget, but you dont have to spend that much money on playing those games.

Intel Core i7-2600K

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Super Multi WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM

Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH

SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

2xGIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N570SO-13I GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

windows 7 professional 140$

OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
Your WOW will lag because of your Internet connection, not your computer (if you spend $600 or more on the build). If you want to spend $6,500, you should start with awesome monitors. Like three 30" 1080p screens or three 28" 1900x1200 screens. That's $750 to $1000 right there.

Then you'll need a home server to back all your data up to running RAID 10 with 4x 2TB drives (That's 4TB of storage). Counting the wireless router, that's $800.

Are you interested in 3D? Because maybe we should be looking at a single nice 3D screen and two similarly sized ones to go next to it.

Considering your outrageous budget, there's absolutely no reason to settle on graphics. It's a fact that GeForces do better in WOW (not that it'll matter with the hardware you could afford for $1500), so you should get two GTX 580 3GB's. Then you won't be limited by your frame buffer and the GTX 580's can own anything at 3600x1800 or smaller.

And of course you'll also need a ridiculous gaming laptop with a wireless go anywhere blue laser mouse--so that you can max out WOW when you're on the go or eating lunch on the couch.

I know you're sick of Windows, but I'm not so I don't have Mac Alternative. I was going to put together a server and gaming computer build, but I got lazy. I'll come back tomorrow.

I agree with Soma42 though--you could build 6 great computers for $6500.