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HeidiB

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Re: Building a WoW computer
« Reply #120 on: March 05, 2018, 11:46:46 AM »
In order to make that happen I'd like to have a second machine up and running far enough before Labor Day that I can unhurriedly effect the transfer of my entire digital life to it. Last year I didn't see major sites running "end of summer" sales. There were Labor Day sales (too late) and some end-of-school sales. So in theory I'll get this machine in a couple months.
I generally achieve this transfer fairly painlessly by shifting the internal hard drive from the old machine to the new one.  This makes it easy to copy files and gives me a built-in backup which I can later scavenge for space.

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Re: Building a WoW computer
« Reply #121 on: March 06, 2018, 05:43:33 AM »
I generally achieve this transfer fairly painlessly by shifting the internal hard drive from the old machine to the new one.  This makes it easy to copy files and gives me a built-in backup which I can later scavenge for space.

I've considered it and likely will move the big storage drive to the new PC - it's one of the things mitigating against getting a laptop this time. Usually, though, the decommissioned machine is within easy reach if I forget something or need to go back to it. Thing 1 will be going to school out of state so it won't be easy to access that machine once it's gone. I figure a couple weeks of running things in parallel should suffice.

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Re: Building a WoW computer
« Reply #122 on: March 06, 2018, 06:04:26 AM »
I'll try to put something of a list within a few days.

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Re: Building a WoW computer
« Reply #123 on: March 06, 2018, 07:27:13 AM »
If your happy with your current machine one thing you could think of is just getting a machine for Elder Child (aka Thing 1). Seeing that it would connected to a smaller (lower resolution) monitor the spec could be lower but still give good performance.
Andius (Hunter 120),Belandius (Priest 120),Dalandius (Warrior 110),Drandius (Shaman 110),Elandius (Rogue 113),Vandius (Mage 110),Deandius (Deathknight 110),Delandius (MoonKin Druid 110),Jinandius (Paladin 110),Shandius (Warlock 113) Kamandius (Monk 114), Ishandius (DH 120) Liandius LF Paladin (32)

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Re: Building a WoW computer
« Reply #124 on: March 07, 2018, 06:36:25 AM »
If your happy with your current machine one thing you could think of is just getting a machine for Elder Child (aka Thing 1). Seeing that it would connected to a smaller (lower resolution) monitor the spec could be lower but still give good performance.

Certainly Thing 1 would like that. I am concerned that my already-somewhat-aged machine will start to fall behind the recommended curve in an expansion or two and would like not to buy two new machines.

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Re: Building a WoW computer
« Reply #125 on: March 07, 2018, 01:33:50 PM »
If your happy with your current machine one thing you could think of is just getting a machine for Elder Child (aka Thing 1). Seeing that it would connected to a smaller (lower resolution) monitor the spec could be lower but still give good performance.

Certainly Thing 1 would like that. I am concerned that my already-somewhat-aged machine will start to fall behind the recommended curve in an expansion or two and would like not to buy two new machines.
Hard to say without knowing what you have but going by the increase over the from Legion to BfA your cpu will be fine on anything made in the last couple of year (BfA current recommended CPU had a Launch Date of Q2'13).
On the other hand the massive increase of the graphics card GeForce GTX 960 for BfA up from GeForce GTX 750 Ti in legion could mean unless you get a top end one now you maybe replacing it in a couple of expansions.
Currently graphics cards are expensive and in short supply plus memory is also expensive makes it a bad time to buy a high end games machine, a lower spec'd one may avoid these problems.

My current spec
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System Information
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Time of this report: 3/7/2018, 20:56:42
       Machine name: SNOWY
   Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_ldr.180112-0600)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
       System Model: System Product Name
               BIOS: BIOS Date: 11/08/10 14:45:21 Ver: 08.00.15
          Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor (6 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
             Memory: 16384MB RAM


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Display Devices
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          Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
       Manufacturer: NVIDIA
          Chip type: GeForce GTX 970
           DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
         Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_13C2&SUBSYS_853F1043&REV_A1
     Display Memory: 4095 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 3072 MB
      Shared Memory: 1023 MB
       Current Mode: 2560 x 1600 (32 bit) (60Hz)
       Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
      Monitor Model: QHD300
         Monitor Id: ACH00FA
        Native Mode: 2560 x 1600(p) (59.860Hz)
        Output Type: DVI

Not the fastest in the world but it runs WoW well and it exceeds the recommended spec on BfA, not bad considering the CPU is over seven years old.
Andius (Hunter 120),Belandius (Priest 120),Dalandius (Warrior 110),Drandius (Shaman 110),Elandius (Rogue 113),Vandius (Mage 110),Deandius (Deathknight 110),Delandius (MoonKin Druid 110),Jinandius (Paladin 110),Shandius (Warlock 113) Kamandius (Monk 114), Ishandius (DH 120) Liandius LF Paladin (32)

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Re: Building a WoW computer
« Reply #126 on: March 08, 2018, 11:56:55 AM »
Finally remembered to do this when I'm at home...

Processor   Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz, 3601 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
8G RAM (really want to push that to 16 if possible)
Video is AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series

I also remembered that I can't simply pull the big internal disk because I (stupidly) built this machine with too-small an OS main disk and needed to add the second disk to make it a workable machine. I'll have to leave that in if Thing 1 is going to be able to use it at all.

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Re: Building a WoW computer
« Reply #127 on: March 08, 2018, 05:28:12 PM »
Finally remembered to do this when I'm at home...

Processor   Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz, 3601 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
8G RAM (really want to push that to 16 if possible)
Video is AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series

I also remembered that I can't simply pull the big internal disk because I (stupidly) built this machine with too-small an OS main disk and needed to add the second disk to make it a workable machine. I'll have to leave that in if Thing 1 is going to be able to use it at all.


The AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series covers a wide variety of card which one is it?
Andius (Hunter 120),Belandius (Priest 120),Dalandius (Warrior 110),Drandius (Shaman 110),Elandius (Rogue 113),Vandius (Mage 110),Deandius (Deathknight 110),Delandius (MoonKin Druid 110),Jinandius (Paladin 110),Shandius (Warlock 113) Kamandius (Monk 114), Ishandius (DH 120) Liandius LF Paladin (32)