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Building a rig for a friend and he wants a CPU & board for 200 including tax. Main games will be WoW & SimCity. Possibly others games like bioshock Infinite. There will more then likely NOT be any Overclocking. He does not like tinkering

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1226401

Thats a good start. I don't know exactly the specs your wanting. Intel? Amd?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1226796

That also if your wanting an APU.
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You know what they do in WoW? There is a big difference between questing and raiding performance wise. For example, my rig can't max out and maintain a framerate over 35 FPS in 25 mans. Shadows are the killer though. Then again I like things looking good.
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So are you using old gpu, psu, memory, and case?
     
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post #5 of 24
An FM2 board and an AMD APU will offer the best in terms of graphics performance per dollar if he doesn't have a discrete GPU. If he does have a discrete GPU already, then an intel chip would be a better bet. WoW and SimCity are pretty CPU intensive, although im not sure about the new one.

This is all assuming that he has the proper ram, PSU, case, hard drive and other components to complete the build.
post #6 of 24
If you go with the first rig Shadow posted you'll have to get a separate graphics card. The second rig, the one with the A8, it probably going to be your best bet. The FX-4130 is about on par with, if not slightly better than, the trinity A8 performance wise.
Better yet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1225052
About $208, including shipping. Better motherboard, with heatsinked vrms (not sure if overclocking is a concern), 2 pcie x16 slots, though one runs at x4.
post #7 of 24
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various things he will be doing in WoW. He will be doing alot of everything honestly. I dont think raiding will 25 mans will be an option but if he does then he can turn some stuff down. I dont even use shadows in WoW myself.

 

I have the case, psu, 7950, 8gb of ram, 128GB SSD that will be used in the PC

 

This will be a single card rig with prolly no overclocking. Intel or AMD i dont care whatever produces the best performance for 200. Very tight budget but im not willing to add my own funds to this build.


Edited by 4LC4PON3 - 3/24/13 at 8:20pm
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post #8 of 24
Why not get him a 7870 and a more powerful CPU? If he's playing WoW and SimCity the more powerful CPU will help out a lot.
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I have the case, psu, 7950, 8gb of ram, 128GB SSD that will be used in the PC

 
He gave me a budget of 200 period. Anything over that hes out of luck. He wont budge over 200 and im not willing to add to the build myself. I already sold him a case, PSU, 7950 & 128GB SSD at a low price. 
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post #10 of 24
On WoW world bosses he will be CPU limited no matter what he runs-a guildmate of mine runs an i7-3960x@3.9Ghz/2x7970 and he drops to single digit framerates at Oondasta. For 25man any halfdecent CPU will do the trick. For simcity I don't really know,I've only seen this benchmark.



I suppose you don't need a high framerate for such a game but it seems an i3 generally won't cut it.

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GA-970A-DS3-AM3-SATA-Motherboard/dp/B0083R9QQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364207427&sr=8-1&keywords=970
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-4300-Four-Core-Processor-FD4300WMHKBOX/dp/B009O7YU3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1364207723&sr=1-1&keywords=fx-4300

An FX-6300
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-Series-Six-Core-Processor-FD6300WMHKBOX/dp/B009O7YORK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364207418&sr=8-1&keywords=fx-6300

would be a better choice but that would limit you to a cheaper 770 mobo like this one.

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-970DE3-U3S3-AMD-DDR3/dp/B007NOWDEM/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1364207850&sr=1-8&keywords=asrock
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