Sep 20th 2010 9:41AM Also, I will throw down my recommendations for a couple things:
i would actually recommend staying away from Kingston. Even their upper-end stuff uses relatively cheap Micron chips. Mushkin, Crucial, G.Skill - Pick the cheapest of those three bands that matches your motherboard and go.
If you're spending that much money on a case, do yourself a favor and get something with a little less flash and a whole lot more engineering: Lian-Li
Power supply: don't forget that your power supply (especially the 1000w+ behemoths can make a lot of noise, I recommend looking at the Zalman power supplies specifically for this reason. (I'm currently using a Zalman Silent Power 1000W in mine and it is awesome). Also, make sure whatever you get uses modular cabling.
Sep 20th 2010 9:32AM Actually, even a pair of overclocked GTX460s cannot compete with a pair of stock Radeon 5870s (Crossfire), and in many cases is also beaten by a single Radeon 5970. And for the truly insane, a pair of GTX480s in an SLI-configuration will dominate everything in terms of sheer performance, but be prepared with a massive power supply and $1200 to drop on a pair of video cards. I've seen power draws (the actual amount of power drawn, not just estimated based on specs) on a dual-gtx480 system north of 850-900watts.
Some people argue the NVidia has better drivers, but the past couple of years that has really gone away.
A quick note: for anyone interested in Linux go NVidia, their support for Linux-based OSs is MUCH better than ATI/AMD's.
As for me, my 2.5 year old 4870x2 still churns out maxed framerates in WoW with every option at it's highest setting, 1920x1200 resolution (on a 24" monitor), and that includes 4xMSAA (multi-sample anti aliasing) and 2xAF(anisotropic filtering).
Pretty good article for the beginner though.
Aug 27th 2010 1:54PM Also, if you bothered to read my comment, I carry eveyrthing I need and I can count on one hand the number of times I've slowed up a run for a whopping 60 seconds. This isn't something happening every day.
My point was a bit caustic - so I apologize for that. I'm just sick of this holier-than-thou attitude that is so pervasive in the tank/healer communities. Stop judging all dps because of a few bad apples. I don't judge all tanks from the level 58 DKs trying to tank Ramparts, so stop judging all dps based off your experience with a new player.
Aug 27th 2010 1:24PM What you may not realize Cheb, is that since DPS have a 30min queue we often go on questing or doing w/e else we need to do. Sometimes that queue pops up short of us having time to get back and repair before we expect the queue to pop.
I typically carry 400-500 kings symbols on me and 20-30 divinity symbols and I try to keep my equipment repaired after every run or 5-10 quests. However, I'm not perfect (just like you) and sometimes I forget to check my reagents, or didn't have a chance to repair. Not knowing if you'll be running in 10 minutes or (literally) 1.5 hours from the time you enter the queue is a problem.
tl:dr: Quit whining - you are no better than the other people playing