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I met a guy who's been playing WoW on his dell latitude for a few years now and he's ready for an upgrade. The key is to keep it at $500 CAD, and it has to run WoW silky smooth. I told him I'd be able to give him a rough outline of what to go for. WoW now has the ability to run DX11 and it's given better results than DX9 performance wise. So, what would you guys recommend??

***no need for keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers*** just the core components of CPU, MOBO, RAM, GPU, PSU, CASE! Thanks!
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post #2 of 41
does it need Windows (OS)?
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Oh yeah, the OP didn't even specify if a HD was needed.
    
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post #4 of 41
Only with exactly the components you said:

CPU/Mobo
RAM
HDD
PSU
GPU
Case

Total price: $534.99

I really couldn't get lower than this without it being somewhat future-proof.
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post #5 of 41
Ugh, WoW?

Try building a system for real gaming: Done.
    
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post #6 of 41
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Thanks for the replies, any more would be great! And yes, it does need a HD sorry!
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post #7 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rakhasa View Post
Thanks for the replies, any more would be great! And yes, it does need a HD sorry!
What about an operating system? You'll have to factor 100 into the price if thats the case.
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post #8 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Invisible View Post
Only with exactly the components you said:

CPU/Mobo
RAM
HDD
PSU
GPU
Case

Total price: $534.99

I really couldn't get lower than this without it being somewhat future-proof.
Better of going with a intel i3 550 and with a cheaper gpu like the HD5770.
    
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What resolution will he be....gaming at?
    
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post #10 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by UrbanSmooth View Post
What resolution will he be....gaming WoWing at?
Fixed. WoW isn't a game.

Although resolution is always important.
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