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I looked around but couldn't find much...

A friend of mine rediscovered WoW but is unhappy playing on her laptop. With tax season coming, she wants me to find her a budget build. I'm going to build an Intel and AMD machine on paper and see what happens. For the AMD machine, I figured I'll go Llano.

Question : What should I pair a 2100 with in terms of graphics? AMD, Nvidia, what?

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post #2 of 14
I've used a 6870 with one, but you could certainly go better without limiting, though a 6850 would be more fitting for the budget range smile.gif
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You can have a look at the 560/560Ti or even the 460 if low on budget. Well actually I don't feel like suggesting AMD cards anymore, don't know why. Anyway, 6850/6870 wouldn't be bad either.
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post #4 of 14
It really depends on what games you want to play and on what resolution, and definitely your budget.
For just WoW (and other things that aren't graphically demanding), I'd suggest a 5770/6770 (same thing, just rebranded) as you don't need a ton of power. If you're looking for more than that, a 6850/6870 would be a good bet. For a little more cash, a 560ti would be good.

Fitting a graphics card requires a look at the games/intent, not just processor. No sense in paying big for a card if you're not going to use it to its fullest.

edit: I'd go with an intel build, llano is more of a laptop thing, seeing as how any discrete card is way better. Intel is just better price/performance for gaming right now.
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Whats your budget for the GPU? WoW use only?
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gtx 460 2gb
or 6870 2gb
 
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

gtx 460 2gb
or 6870 2gb

A 2GB card wouldn't really help if the games aren't played at a very high resolution.
Edited by strych9 - 2/14/12 at 11:49am
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post #8 of 14
It really depends on the resolution/level of detail she wants. If she's not using a larger resolution or doesn't care for not using the highest shadow settings or AA or AF or whatever, you probably won't need much for World of Warcraft. It's a CPU game first and foremost, so I'd recommend an Intel for the platform. The GPU can generally always be more economically upgraded later.
post #9 of 14
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Thanks friends. Reps all around

As mentioned in the OP, the machine would be basically used for WoW. Down the line, I'm sure she'll try other games, but for now, it's basically WoW.

I see this. SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6770 1GB. Nice price, and right in the range she'd like to pay. What do you guys think?
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gtx580.
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