Scheduled Maintenance - 11/13/2012, Diablo 3 Animated Wallpaper, Barbarian Fan Art, Female Monk Cosplay
Patch 5.1 - Item Upgrades
The latest PTR build added a new Ethereal NPC next to the Reforging and Void Storage NPCs that will allow you to upgrade your gear. The minimum item level required is now 458.
Patch 5.1 also changed item tooltips. The item level is featured more prominently next to the upgrade level, and secondary stats are displayed the same as primary stats now, with a green font color.
Currency Cost Item Level Upgrade Max Number of Upgrades Valor Points 750 × 4 Item Levels 2 Conquest Points 750 × 4 Item Levels 2 Justice Points 1500 × 8 Item Levels 1 Honor Points 1500 × 8 Item Levels 1
Heart of Fear Progression Update
DREAM Paragon killed Grand Empress Shek'zeer and cleared 10 man Heroic Heart of Fear. Congratulations to them! There are 5 guilds at 4/6 currently in 10 man.
Method is also now 6/6 in 25 man with 16 other guilds at 5/6.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, the lovely chaud will work on a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!
The current SSD prices seem to have bottomed out for now, with almost all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte. A few sales have even gone under 50 cents per gigabyte, so look for something on sale! No new CPUs, GPUs, or SSDs worth waiting for are expected before the first or second quarter next year.
Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 3770K and should spend that money elsewhere.
Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.
Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions! If you are interested in Folding@home, take a look in our team's thread.
Component Puppy Dolphin Monitor Acer V223W EJBD 22-Inch Widescreen - $137 ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $188 Keyboard Logitech Media Keyboard K200 - $20 Cyborg V.5 - $48 Mouse Logitech G400 - $35 Razer Deathadder - $50 Speakers Creative A220 2.1 Speaker System - $27 Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40 Component Narwhal Unicorn Monitor ASUS VE278Q 27-Inch - $300 HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $345 Keyboard Logitech G110 - $60 Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70 ($134) Mouse Logitech G500 - $45 Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $70 Speakers Logitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $59 Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $80
Puppy and Dolphin
Overclocked Puppy will outperform Dolphin when multiple threads are in use (Not WoW) and come close in most other cases.
Mix and match anything but the CPU/Motherboard combo between Puppy and Dolphin. Pick one of the two CPU/Motherboard combos.
Mix and match anything between Dolphin and Narwhal.
Component Puppy Dolphin Case NZXT GAMMA Classic - $35 NZXT GAMMA Classic - $35 Power Supply Corsair CX500 - $60 XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $60 CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $98 Intel i3-3220 - $125 Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $25 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $30 Motherboard ASUS M5A97 R2 AM3+ 970 - $105 Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $120 Memory Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1333 - $20 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $47 Graphics Card XFX 7770 - $100 MSI 7850 Twin Frozr or Gigabyte GTX 660 OC - $205 / $210 Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $56 Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $98 DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23 Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23 Total $522 $745
Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn. SSDs are always optional.
Component Narwhal Unicorn Case Cooler Master HAF 912 - $58 Cooler Master HAF X - $150 Power Supply Corsair 650TX V2 - $90 Corsair 750HX - $145 CPU Intel i5-3570K - $220 Intel i7-3770K - $320 Heatsink Thermaltake Frio - $57 Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80 Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V LK - $130 ASUS P8Z77-V - $170 Memory 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $47 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $47 Graphics Card XFX 7870 (7950) OR GIGABYTE GTX 660 Ti - $230 / $280 XFX 7970 Black Edition OR GIGABYTE GTX 670 - $398 / $360 Hard Drive Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $98 Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $98 SSD SAMSUNG 840 128GB (Review) - $110
OCZ 128 GB Vertex 4 (Review) - $90
Crucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $102
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $118
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23 Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23 Total $990 - $1090 $1406 - $1543
The MMO Report is back with a special episode about the upcoming RIFT expansion.