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Master Geek

  # 236100 16-Jul-2009 13:39
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No argument their once you play WoW social life goes out the door :) Its addicting

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Master Geek

  # 236697 18-Jul-2009 16:50
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What PC did you go for?


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Ultimate Geek
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  # 236713 18-Jul-2009 17:45
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Those rigs look fine for what you require.

Although for gaming wise I'd rather choose the machine with the 9800gt over the 9500gt, especially if your kids want to play their games on higher graphics settings coupled with higher resolutions. 

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Wannabe Geek

# 236853 19-Jul-2009 12:37
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Thank you for all your help, and in reponse to Overclocker as a group we decided on going with a Playtech build, very similar to the specs you outlined for me so cheers for that.

Regarding WoW it actually sounds fun to play and wouldn't mind giving it a go myself!!

Thanks again

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Wannabe Geek

# 236855 19-Jul-2009 12:45
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The saga has come to an end! Thanks everyone for your help and advice it was very much appreciated,in response to Overclocker, as a group we deciced on a Playtech build for about $2300 very similar to the one you outlined for me so thanks for that.

Regarding Wow it actually sounds interesting and a lot of fun, i wouldn't mind having a go myself!!

Cheers again

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Master Geek
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  # 236866 19-Jul-2009 13:09
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Thats the problem with WoW it is interesting and fun. Too fun.

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Master Geek

  # 236929 19-Jul-2009 19:06
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Glad to hear you got yourself sorted, you will have lots of fun!

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  # 236934 19-Jul-2009 19:15
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If you can stay away from Vista you'll get better performance out of XP then upgrade to Window 7 when it's released.

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Uber Geek
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  # 236942 19-Jul-2009 19:38
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Stathi, But with XP you only get Direct X 9 and there is HUGE improvement in Direct X 10 for gaming

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  # 236969 19-Jul-2009 21:07
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boby55 - Then go with what's needed I found XP/Windows 7 had better game play on my PC than Vista

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Master Geek

  # 236974 19-Jul-2009 21:24
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Its hardly a big drama running Vista for 5 months, I would say that they got a free upgrade voucher for windows 7 and it is rumored to be shipping later this year

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Master Geek
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  # 237285 20-Jul-2009 21:19
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You could get a decent rig on for $2k, you can customize them too, but will be a little more dear than building one yourself.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 238141 23-Jul-2009 08:40
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Listy: My kids have just handed me a couple of pieces of paper with some computers on and think one of them should be able to handle what they plan to use it for, world of warcraft, music and other stuff.
I'm not computer savvy in the least and need some help, are either of these any good

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83Ghz processor
Asus P5KPL/1600
4gb ddr2 Ram
geforce 9500gt 1gb graphics card
500gb hard disc drive 7200rpm
vista premium

or the second one

Intel Dual Core 2.7ghz pro.
4 ddr2 ram
geforce 9800gt graphics card

Any info would be fantastic because they are nagging the heck out me, and i haven't the foggiest what most this stuff means. Also if you have any reccomendations please say, my eldest said he posted in the gaming section in greater detail, barely got through the door and they are at me like a couple of piranhas who smell blood


Those PC specs are way more than enough to play World of Warcraft, hell im playing WoW on a 4 yr old PC with all detail on high and it runs perfectly WoW is an old game and hasn't changed much in detail. - My Main PC is  slightly lower specs than the one's you mention yet is good enough for todays games.

Best way to test a new gaming pc is get the tech at the shop to install the pc game 'Crysis' demo and turn all detail up to its max in the game, then see how the PC runs the game if PC can run the game smoothly without any lagging slowdowns etc., then the pc's good enough.   If they only want the PC for WoW and music etc., then the above pc's are perfect.  I would go for the second one although any of the two would be fine.

This is a good site to see NZ prices of PC' hardware etc.,

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