I am going with something VERY similar to that, but getting Ivy Bridge, Antec 300 or 302 case, and I'm still not sure on what card to get....was looking at 560 Ti 448 cores....but I am new to this and don't know what kind of card would be good for me since there are like 10,000 of them to pick from that all look the same.
When looking for a card, what specs do you want to look for? Does it all depend on the game?
Hi, please refer to this post for the relative power ranking of the entire current available lineup of graphics cards:http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/4253974222?page=4#73
As mentioned in the guide, if all you do is WoW and other not-so-demanding games, a Radeon HD 6870 or GeForce 560 will serve you fine. Demanding games are shooter games at the moment: Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, and Metro 2033.
As for the individual card itself, buy whichever is the cheapest in the family. IE) Don't buy $200 for a Radeon 6870. You should only be paying at most, $170ish after rebates.
Depps said stuff...
I haven't gotten on WoW at all recently, sorry about that.
As for the answers:
1. What you can recycle depends on the following factors:
- Is the case off-the-shelf part, not made by HP, Dell, and other similar major companies? Is it also a standard mid-tower case? If it supports standard ATX motherboard size, and that size is not cramped inside, you can re-use it. It's possible if it's a cheapest possible case, it may not fit a tower cooler like CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ / EVO coolers. In that case (you bought a cheapest plain case), I would recommend you buy a new case as well.
- Hard Disk and DVD drive should be a standard size using SATA interface. But if you are using a PC with such an old age, it is very likely it is using IDE interface, which is no longer supplied for in today's motherboards. So you will have to buy a new hard disk and a DVD drive.
- If you do not have vendor-neutral copy of Windows 7 or Vista 64-bit, you need a copy. The "copy" given by major pre-built companies like HP and Dell only work on HP / Dell approved motherboard. So in that case, you also need a copy.
- The on-CPU integrated graphics, the Intel HD 3000, will get you about 5~10 FPS at best in LFR with lowest settings. If you are fine with that, you can deal with it. Otherwise... Yeah.
- If you can recycle existing hard disk, you can re-use it as a data drive alongside the SSD (as a main drive). If you can't recycle existing hard disk, you can use SSD as the only drive only if you are fine with the size limitation, and that you do extra work in ensuring that temporary folders / web browser cache is pruned constantly.
- ASUS board is fine if you don't mind spending more. If you are limited on a budget, don't buy it over ASRock board. As I mentioned at the end of the motherboard guide, if you want to buy more expensive motherboards, it's fine. Just don't buy them while sacrificing other parts.