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Building Desktop on Par with Acer Laptop

LowNotes

62 months ago

I have been considering buying a laptop to do some light-mid gaming. I am thinking to start I just want to be able to play WoW: Warlords of Draenor on close to max settings. I haven't played in about 5 years and my old rig was awful, so I am hoping a nice shiny new system will add to the enjoyment of starting over.

My first thought was to get a laptop so I could watch TV with my wife, but do daily grind type stuff sitting on the couch, while possibly setting up to display to a 55" 1080p Samsung TV for raiding and the occasional PVP binge. I have read there might be issues with clarity going to a larger screen, but I figure it is worth a shot. The laptop I am currently looking at is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314704. Quick rundown if you don't want to click the link:

$999.00

2.5G Intel core i7

16G RAM

1TB HD

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2 GB

17.3" 1920 x 1080 Display

Windows 8.1

I came up with the build below trying to get something close to the same performance, but am very new to the PC building hobby (as in have never done it, but have done some simple hardware swapping on an old desktop a few years ago). I included a monitor, but no keyboard/mouse/optical drive, as they are either cheap or unnecessary for my needs. Does anyone see any obvious faults, or possible improvements to the system as laid out? Do people think this setup will be capable of powering WoW: Warlods of Draenor on Ultra settings, or close to it? Do I need a CPU cooler? Do people think the tradeoff on portability vs. 30% less cost is worth it? Any tips on somehow getting more portability out of a desktop?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/T3KB7P

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the overall best PC in the price range although if you are willing to spend $1040 ($40 more then laptop) I can fit a more powerful CPU and the best GPU currently available for the price(970) PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $72.98 @ Newegg
Memory *Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.00 @ Amazon
Video Card *Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $254.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $41.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $815.91
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-19 10:05 EST-0500

1040 Build. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler $79.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $107.75 @ OutletPC
Memory *Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Transcend SSD370 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.00 @ Amazon
Video Card *Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card $325.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Core 3500 ATX Mid Tower Case $65.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1040.67
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-19 10:08 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Any questions just ask.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, part of the problem is that I don't currently have a monitor, so I need to include that for any built PC.

I would say my priorities at this point are: 1. Must play WoW on top, or close to top, settings. 2. Lowest possible cost but include monitor and wifi. 3. Upgradeable for future.

Basically, if I can't beat the $1000 laptop pretty significantly in cost, without sacrificing performance, I will probably end up going with the laptop for the convenience of it. But, if I can drop 30-40% off the top of the price and know I can upgrade continuously in the near future if need be, it would make the decision a lot harder.

I don't think WoW is a very intensive game graphically, but I know the latest expansion did raise all the settings. I have been out of PC gaming for awhile, so i don't really have a feel for what it will take to run it on max graphics.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What I would do is select the first PC i showed you then add this monitor: It runs at 1080p at a MS of 1. Which is a top of the line performance. The 290 is the second best GPU for the price with the only rival being the 970 but for obvious reasons the 290 wins. The 290 should be able to run any newer games at 60+fps at 1080 Ultra. (including BF4)

Monitor: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vx228h

This is the best wireless adapter for the price.

Wireless Adapter: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/tp-link-wireless-network-card-tlwdn4800

Build with monitor and wireless adapter: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $72.98 @ Newegg
Memory *Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.00 @ Amazon
Video Card *Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $254.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $41.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $90.26 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $129.99 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $38.28 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1074.44
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-19 11:27 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This will outperform your Laptop by about 50 FPS easily. The screen performance of this monitor is sooo much better then any laptop screen and the GPU is 100% more powerful!

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