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9-30-2009 @ 10:15AM
I noticed a lot of comments saying "I did it on the cheap -- only $800!"You can build a wow-playing machine for much less. Especially if you have a computer already you can use.Go to a computer store like Micro Center or whatever store is in your area that sells components.Find the motherboard/processor combo that costs 75-80 dollars. WoW is not at all hard on your primary systems.Get 30 dollars worth of RAM, whichever sticks fit your motherboard. Be sure to buy in pairs (until DDR3 becomes cheap, then triplets).Find a videocard that costs about 80 dollars or so. Not quite the cheapest, but not the highest end stuff.Get the cheapest powersupply that is compatible with your motherboard. Shouldn't be more than 40 dollars.Pick up a thumb drive or two for 10 dollars each. They're cheap, piled in those bins, and hold so much stuff. Besides you'll want to put your "my documents" folder on one before you take apart your old computer.***If you already have a computer that you are going to be replacing, you usually don't need to buy a new case or hard drive or Operating System (assuming you have XP, updated to Service Pack 3, aka SP3). Find a friend with an SP3 XP install disk if you don't have one. The install disk is not linked to your serial number. On your first build, try your old hard drive without changing a thing. SP3 XP can usually run any system you put it in. The only actually mandatory drivers to install are often the ones that come with your video card. If it doesn't work, then boot with your friend's install disk and after XP finishes, install your mobo drivers, then your video drivers, then WoW.Even the cheapest stuff on the market right now runs WoW (released in 2004, remember) on decent settings.
9-30-2009 @ 11:30AM
by the way, this is what I did when my wife lost her job, I took a pay cut, and my 5 year old rig blue screened on me. I was back to WoW that day for $250.Since then (it was almost 2 years ago), I have replaced the processor and the video card and added some RAM. The video card makes the biggest difference by far. The processor affects load times, the video card and RAM help during play, imo.
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