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#1 Feb 25 2011 at 10:53 AM Rating: Good
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So, my wife has decided that she would like to start playing WoW with me. :)

I've been digging around in the forums here, reading the advice and looking at the builds. I'm stuck now though.

I could go $900ish with a DIY Combo on Newegg. I've included a video card and keyboard/mouse in the total price. No OS. (Combo price is only good till the 26th)

Or I could build one equavilant to my current rig, which is outdated but does what I need it to do in the game.

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# Operating system:Windows 2.6.1.7600 ()
# CPU type:AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200
# CPU Speed (GHz):2.893
# System memory (GB):3.999
# Graphics card model:NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
# Graphics card driver:nvd3dum.dll
# Desktop resolution:1920x1080
# Hard disk size (GB):931.512
# Hard disk free space (GB):140.198


I've pieced a build together on Newegg. Tower/700W PSU, Mobo, Proc/Video Card Combo, RAM, and HDD. Total is less than $500. Doesn't include OS, KB/Mouse.

Is the differences in the two rigs worth the 400 dollars in savings?

Or to be more specific will there be noticeable differences in the game between the two builds?


Removed Dell link and cash-strapped reference.


Edited, Feb 25th 2011 4:47pm by Killienmage
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#2 Feb 25 2011 at 12:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'd avoid the Dell. My manager has said that "no self respecting IT professional will ever recommend a Dell."

That said, don't be afraid to look at recertified systems from NewEgg. If you are thinking about one of their DIY kits, then you can probably handle your own repairs for a few years and thus don't need a brand new out of the box system with a warrenty. There's this sexy little thing that's midway between your two prices, and comes with the OS already.
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#3 Feb 25 2011 at 3:05 PM Rating: Good
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Thanks for pointing out the recertifieds. I'll definitely look into them a bit more. Should I be overly concerned by the weak PSU's in those though?

I am iffy on the Dell's, but they were referenced in another thread so I checked them out.

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#4 Feb 25 2011 at 3:55 PM Rating: Good
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I know that the $400 difference is not much money for the power I'd get with the i7 combo but there are repairs that need to be done to an old **** Suzuki and other things.

No offense, but it sounds to me like you're looking for someone to tell you that it would be a good idea to buy the more powerful rig because you can't justify the cost in your own mind. None of us know your financial situation as well as you do yourself, naturally, but if you already know that the $500 rig will do what you want, then why not get it?
#5 Feb 25 2011 at 4:08 PM Rating: Good
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Majivo wrote:

No offense, but it sounds to me like you're looking for someone to tell you that it would be a good idea to buy the more powerful rig because you can't justify the cost in your own mind. None of us know your financial situation as well as you do yourself, naturally, but if you already know that the $500 rig will do what you want, then why not get it?


None taken.

I'm going to reword the OP to take out that portion. I just want to know if the differences in the rigs is worth 400 bucks.
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#6 Mar 03 2011 at 2:23 AM Rating: Good
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The combo is gone.

But if it was an i7 then yes, the $400 was worth the difference most likely.

Find a new combo and we can check.

You can get much better value for Money.

Here is something I check. http://www.tomshardware.com/.

Specifically the 2 areas that should interest you are Best CPUs for the Money and best graphics card for the money.

Check your budget, check the corresponding price field, and you have a nice guide!

Also, if you could spare the extra splash, for example from a $50 to a $75 graphics card the gains are very good return for money up to a specific point. I'd say the 460GTX or 6950 right now are pretty much the best value/price. Although you don't want to exceed your budget no matter waht as even the first PC you linked would most likely get the job done.

Except if your wife is like my gf in which case you need a 1ms response 27 inch LED monitor with a gpu good enough to run everything on Ultra at full HD resolution.

Edit: I guess it was a late response, let us know if you actually picked out anything already.

Edited, Mar 3rd 2011 8:24am by devzzz
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