I've been out of the hardware game for a while, but with my return to 25man raiding and the associated graphic draw it entails, I wanted to upgrade my platform. Currently using a quad core 2.3 AMD laptop with nvidia APU, so certainly no beast machine; running low settings in 25 I get some brutal graphic lag to the point that it's nearly unplayable (hi Elegon phase 3). So I bit the bullet and bought the below:
CASE ROSEWILL| CHALLENGER-U3 RTL
MB MSI|Z77MA-G45 Z77 LGA1155 R
VGA EVGA|01G-P3-1561-AR GTX560Ti 1G R
PSU ROSEWILL | HIVE-650 650W RT
CPU INTEL|CORE I5 3570K 3.4G 6M R
MEM 4Gx2|CRUCIAL BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1
SSD 30G|CORSAIR CSSD-V30GB2A R
HDD 1T|ST ST1000DM003 7K 64M %
DVD BURN LG | GH24NS90 %
CPU COOLER CM| RR-B10-212P-G1 RT
Apologies for the lack of links, copy/pasted from my invoice, but basically a 3570 with an MSI z77 board, 8g DDR3 1600, EVGA 560Ti, 30g SSD and 1TB HDD.
I am planning to leave the CPU and GPU factory clocked for now, until I see what temps are in the case. I've never OC'd before and am a bit paranoid, admittedly...I may come back looking for help on that once the initial "newness" becomes par.
After reading bench tests and whatnot, I'm not really sure what to expect once I get it all built. Running good (not ultra) settings, what can I expect in 25m raids FPS-wise? Assuming an OC down the road, how would those numbers change?
Also, since my SSD is only 30g I am going to use it solely as a boot drive (planning on Win7, but not sold yet), as I have heard that the mpq file architecture of WOW lends itself to burning out SSDs. Is this correct? Is there anything I could/should do to help prolong the life of my SSD? I have heard things like moving the page file to a mech drive can help, but to be honest that's a little odd to me. Is there some ideal way to set up the 2 drives to work the most efficiently? The HDD is SATAIII (which I know doesn't really matter at this point), and I'm not too familiar with RAID type setups, so if you can explain like I'm 5 it'd help
Thanks for any input, and if there are suggestions for basic upgrades or add-ons that I am missing, please feel free to chip in.