Druid Fire Cat Form - Fandral's Flamescythe
The premade druids on PTRs are now equipped with Fandral's Flamescythe (Majordomo Staghelm Loot - Firelands Raid) and players had a chance to test a very interesting feature of this weapon: the druid automatically changes into a fire cat when in combat!
Patch 4.2 - Updated Valor Points Rewards
Valor Points rewarded were updated in the latest build of Patch 4.2, names have been moved around, item models have changed, and most importantly a couple of stats were changed. Among other things, Relic items now have a Prismatic gem slot instead of a Red one.
See the updated list below, now with item screenshots.
Level Type Spec Slot Name Price 378 Thrown Melee Thrown Morningstar Shard 700 x 378 Thrown Melee Thrown Giantslicer 700 x 378 Thrown Tank Thrown Deflecting Star 700 x 378 Wand Spell DPS Ranged Trail of Embers 700 x 378 Wand Spell Spirit Ranged Scorchvine Wand 700 x 378 Plate Melee Wrist Gigantiform Bracers 1,250 x 378 Plate Spell Spirit Wrist Bracers of Imperious Truths 1,250 x 378 Plate Tank Wrist Bracers of Regal Force 1,250 x 378 Physical DPS Wrist Bracers of Forked Lightning 1,250 x 378 Spell Spirit Wrist Bracers of Misting Ash 1,250 x 378 Leather Melee Wrist Flamebinder Bracers 1,250 x 378 Leather Spell Spirit Wrist Smolderskull Bindings 1,250 x 378 Cloth Spell DPS Wrist Emberflame Bracers 1,250 x 378 Cloth Spell Spirit Wrist Firesoul Wristguards 1,250 x 378 Neck Melee Neck Stoneheart Choker 1,250 x 378 Neck Physical DPS Neck Necklace of Smoke Signals 1,250 x 378 Neck Spell DPS Neck Amulet of Burning Brilliance 1,250 x 378 Neck Spell Spirit Neck Firemind Pendant 1,250 x 378 Neck Tank Neck Stoneheart Necklace 1,250 x 378 Finger Melee Finger Serrated Brimstone Signet 1,250 x 378 Finger Physical DPS Finger Splintered Brimstone Seal 1,250 x 378 Finger Spell DPS Finger Crystalline Brimstone Ring 1,250 x 378 Finger Spell Spirit Finger Soothing Brimstone Circle 1,250 x 378 Finger Tank Finger Deflecting Brimstone Band 1,250 x 378 Relic Melee Relic Relic of the Elemental Lords 1,250 x 378 Relic Physical DPS Relic Covenant of the Flame 700 x 378 Relic Spell DPS Relic Soulflame Vial 700 x 378 Relic Spell Spirit Relic Singed Plume of Aviana 700 x 378 Relic Tank Relic Deathclutch Figurine 700 x
Avengers of Hyjal - Updated Reputation Rewards
The Avengers of Hyjal reputation rewards now seem to be final and it's time for a recap! All the items now have screenshots and I also included prices and reputation requirements for each item.
Level Type Spec Slot Name Faction Reputation Price 391 Finger Melee Finger Obsidian Signet of the Avengers Avengers of Hyjal Exalted 500 391 Finger Physical DPS Finger Viridian Signet of the Avengers Avengers of Hyjal Exalted 500 391 Finger Spell DPS Finger Infernal Signet of the Avengers Avengers of Hyjal Exalted 500 391 Finger Spell Spirit Finger Quicksilver Signet of the Avengers Avengers of Hyjal Exalted 500 391 Finger Tank Finger Adamantine Signet of the Avengers Avengers of Hyjal Exalted 500 378 Trinket Melee Trinket Essence of the Eternal Flame Avengers of Hyjal Revered 400 378 Trinket Physical DPS Trinket Ancient Petrified Seed Avengers of Hyjal Revered 400 378 Trinket Spell Trinket Rune of Zeth Avengers of Hyjal Revered 400 378 Trinket Spell Spirit Trinket Fiery Quintessence Avengers of Hyjal Revered 400 378 Trinket Tank Trinket Stay of Execution Avengers of Hyjal Revered 400 378 Plate Melee Waist Cinch of the Flaming Ember Avengers of Hyjal Honored 300 378 Plate Spell DPS Waist Belt of the Seven Seals Avengers of Hyjal Honored 300 378 Plate Tank Waist Girdle of the Indomitable Flame Avengers of Hyjal Honored 300 378 Physical DPS Waist Firearrow Belt Avengers of Hyjal Honored 300 378 Spell DPS Waist Firemend Cinch Avengers of Hyjal Honored 300 378 Leather Physical DPS Waist Flamebinding Girdle Avengers of Hyjal Honored 300 378 Leather Spell DPS Waist Firescar Sash Avengers of Hyjal Honored 300 378 Cloth Spell DPS Waist Embereye Belt Avengers of Hyjal Honored 300 378 Back Melee Back Bladed Flamewrath Cloak Avengers of Hyjal Friendly 250 378 Back Physical DPS Back Sleek Flamewrath Cloak Avengers of Hyjal Friendly 250 378 Back Spell DPS Back Rippling Flamewrath Cloak Avengers of Hyjal Friendly 250 378 Back Spell Spirit Back Flowing Flamewrath Cloak Avengers of Hyjal Friendly 250 378 Back Tank Back Durable Flamewrath Cloak Avengers of Hyjal Friendly 250
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!
New SSDs are here, faster and more expensive than the current generation. Look for small price drops over the next few months as the last gen is put on sale. New AMD CPUs will be here in August or later, performance is still unknown.
Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date. If you experience problems after updating, roll back to the recommended Nvidia Drivers.
New to building your own computer? ArsTechnica recently released a nice guide for new builders (Part 2 and Part 3). They don't talk about it specifically, but Artic Silver 5 is standard for thermal compound, avoid using what came with your heatsink. Usually it is easier to connect the case headers when the motherboard is not in the case, provided the wires are long enough. She does mention a five hour build time, two hours seems more likely.
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!
Component Puppy Dolphin Monitor ASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $130 ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $202 Keyboard Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $25 Cyborg V.5 - $38 Mouse Logitech MX518 - $45 Logitech G500 - $54 Speakers Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23 Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40 Component Narwhal Unicorn Monitor ASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $306 Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $499 Keyboard Logitech G110 - $65 Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $74 ($110) Mouse Razer Deathadder - $45 Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $69 Speakers Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $50 Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $70
Puppy and Dolphin
Component Puppy Dolphin Case NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36 NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36 Power Supply Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500 - $60 Corsair 650TX V2 - $80 CPU AMD Athlon II X4 640 AM3 - $100 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $112 Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30 Motherboard ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO AM3 - AMD 880G - $110 Asus AM3+ 880G M5A88-V EVO - $127 Memory 4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $42 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $62 Graphics Card XFX 6770 - $130 XFX 6850 or EVGA GTX 460 - $145/ $170 Hard Drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $61 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $61 DVD Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26 Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26 Total $595 $679 / $704
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 - $60 Cooler Master HAF932 - $155 Power Supply Corsair 650TX V2 - $80 Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $130 CPU Intel i5-2500k - $224 Intel i7-2600k - $336 Heatsink Thermaltake Frio - $58 Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80 Motherboard ASUS P8P67-M PRO - $147 ASUS Z68 P8Z68-V PRO - $210 Memory 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $62 8GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $106 Graphics Card XFX 6950 1GB OR EVGA GTX 560 Ti- $245 / $225 XFX 6970 OR EVGA GTX 570 - $320 / $330 Hard Drive Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $90 Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $90 SSD Crucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $250
OCZ 120 GB Agility 3 (Review) - $210
Intel 510 Series 120 GB (Review) - $285
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $270
DVD Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26 Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26 Total $972 - $1298 $1663 - $1748