Gaming computer on the cheap- so probably not a mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mathlete123, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. mathlete123 macrumors member

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    What is the best WoW computer that can be bought for under or about 800$? Or even built (hackintosh?)? Any brand is fine. I know that 800 is too low for a real gaming PC, but what is my best option (no, i can't "just wait a while and save up some more")
     
  2. 007bond macrumors 6502a

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    i suggest cyberpower. since your playing wow u wont need top specs so go with an amd system

    edit: ok heres the perfect system. just be sure to add an operating system unless you have one. http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Mega_Special_II/

    adding vista home premium will cost u $759, and make sure to add the windows 7 coupon for free
     
  3. couto27 macrumors 6502

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    do you like games by a playstation
    by a mac you got the world
     
  4. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    you could easily build a nice PC for that much if you can handle buying the parts yourself off www.newegg.com and building it yourself.

    Get a 4870 (~$140 with rebates), a nice intel cpu/mobo for about $200, a 500 watt power supply for about $70, a $50 case, $40 or so for 4 gigs of ram, $100 for a terabyte hd, $25 for a dvd burner, and the rest for a monitor/keyboard/mouse..that will handle crysis let alone wow lol for $800.
     
  5. akbc macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, if you know anyone or if you can do it yourself, build it yourself.

    It's pretty fun and it saves quite a lot of money.

    I'd say get Core 2 Duo CPU's or AMD Quad-Cores... or if you're really lucky, you can get a really good deal on Core 2 Quads sometimes...

    To play WoW, I guess HD4850 or GeForce 9600~9800 should be enough. Which are dirt cheap now.

    Good luck :)
     
  6. mgridgaway macrumors 6502

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    I played WoW for a good while on my iMac with a 2.0 Core 2 and ATI 2400XT 128MB card. The Geforce 9400M is supposed to be comparable to it. If you bought a mini and put in 4GB of Ram you could probably play WoW on low-medium settings pretty well.

    It's not ideal, but it'd work. And you'd be getting a mac. When you have enough to buy a real gaming machine (and I have to suggest building a PC), you can re-purpose the mini into a lot of different stuff, or sell it at a higher value than you would a PC.

    Rumor has it Mini's are going to be updated soon. If you can wait a month, I would.
     
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Do you already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Windows license? As having to get all of those parts really effects the type of rig you can build for the money.

    Anyways the best I can figure is about $865 shipped for a good gaming rig if you need all of these parts.

    CPU - Pentium Dual-Core e5300 (Fast, Cheap, good overclocking ability with stock fan/heatsink)
    GPU - Powercolor ATI Radeon 4870 1GB (should be hackintosh compatible, good cooler design, powerful)
    MB - Gigabyt GA-EP43-UD3L (good reviews, good for overclocking, plenty of expandibility, confirmed as working with Mac OS X Leopard install on InsanelyMac.com)
    RAM - 4GB DDR2 1066mhz (to give you room for a decent overclock without fiddling with the multiplier)
    HD - 500GB Seagate Barracuda (Good and quiet hard drives)
    DVD - DL DVD Burner
    Case - Rosewill (cheap and quiet because of 120mm fan, hopefully)
    PSU - XCLIO 500W (Good reviews, 2x6 Pin molex, though I would spend more for a 80+ certified PSU)
    Mouse- Logitech MX310 (cheap, great for gaming, I have used this for about 4 years now, OS X drivers for extra buttons)
    Keyboard - Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 (cheap comfortable keyboard, OS X drivers online for media keys, have owned 2+ years)
    Monitor - Acer 22" (good sized, resolution, DVI, reviews)
    Windows - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (the RC has worked great for me even on old games)

    You might be able to knock it down to $800 with DDR2 800 RAM, Pentium DC e5200 and a 19 or 20" LCD (make sure it has DVI). But try to avoid a cheaper Radeon 4850 as not all are Leopard compatible some do not work with any modified kexts. If you go for a cheaper GPU try to get one with at least 1GB memory.

    Since you can swing $800 I would say don't cheap out and save the extra $65.

    Also do you have a Leopard/Snow Leopard disc already? You would need to buy that too which will mean spending more or dropping the computers quality extensively.
     
  8. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    mate in your sig it clearly claims that you[ve got a collectors edition macbook with 2.4ghz and 2gb ram... that is more then enough to play a game like world of warcraft, save your money and spend it on a rehab clinic for when you get addicted to the game lol [​IMG]
     
  9. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    pretty good build. Wait for windows 7 instead of vista if you can and make sure you get the 64 bit version.. Also if you buy the OEM version off newegg with your parts, you save a lot of money.
     
  10. mathlete123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry that i didn't make this clear.

    This is not for me. I don't play. This is a gift.

    Oh, and yes, we'd all prefer for him to quit. But oh well
     
  11. yensteel macrumors regular

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    There are plenty of System guides out there for gaming PCs if you can build your own PC. This is the most recent one I've read:

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/17571

    The Econbox configuration is recommended at $580. You can adjust that configuration to fit your taste.

    If you can't build your own PC and you want a good shop to purchase a PC from, then CyberPowerPC is highly recommended.
     

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