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I have a very old motherboard (Foxconn MCP73M01H1/Napa-GL8E) and am looking for a video card to run WoW smoothly. Help!

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March 15, 2014 12:26:41 PM

I believe this computer came prebuilt, I have 2GB of RAM and a E2160 1.8Ghz CPU at the moment. I have 4GB of RAM and I have the Intel E8500 CPU on its way from amazon. I do not have much money to spend at all. I am just looking for something to run World of Warcraft smoothly. Currently when I attempt to run the game I get a MAX of 10 FPS. This motherboard has a PCI-E X 16 slot it's not even a 2.0 and I am very sick of trying to play games with this onboard GeForce 7100. Would greatly appreciate it if someone can recommend a video card to me that would fit these needs and run games smoothly, I am NOT looking for anything luxurious or expensive. I would say I have a budget of 70$ max. I would appreciate it if anybody can recommend anything within that price range either refurbished or used, I usually order from Amazon. Thanks so much.
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March 15, 2014 12:41:25 PM

Using the AMD Radeon 4550 will run wow smoothly at low-good graphics running at a good FPS. You won't have any bottlenecks with this Graphics card.
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March 15, 2014 12:47:09 PM

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-780MHz-Graphics-R7240A...

50 bucks

this is about the equivalent of a HD 6750. i used to run wow at 30fps on a HD 4850. so on the r7 240 you should get maybe 40 frames on good settings. i think it's perfect, and there is a mail in rebate

i play on whisperwind!
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March 15, 2014 8:19:23 PM

dariens007 said:
ah i just found this card also!

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

it has better cooling and a little bit more performance 10 bucks more


so my motherboard since its so old should have no problem with any cards as long as they are pci-e x16? All other input/suggestions are really appreciated I am looking to order this tonight.
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March 15, 2014 8:38:45 PM

yeah there shouldn't be any issues, that sapphire card i suggested should be a good fit
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March 18, 2014 1:56:39 AM

what about pci-e x16 2.0 cards? i have the same motherboard and I also have been wanting to upgrade my graphics card (upgraded from the IGP to a little 512MB)
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March 18, 2014 6:46:58 AM

soypisto75 said:
what about pci-e x16 2.0 cards? i have the same motherboard and I also have been wanting to upgrade my graphics card (upgraded from the IGP to a little 512MB)


yea the thing is 512mb sounds too low, I'd rather grab a card with 2GB if possible and I have seen some nice ones in the $60 range
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March 18, 2014 7:14:29 PM

do you know about pricewatch.com? they have great deals on there from all kinds of websites. i was asking dariens007 (or anyone else that can help me out) about the 2.0 thing. like i was saying before, im trying to upgrade from my 512mb to a 2gb also. ive seen plenty that are pciex16 2.0 but dont know if they're compatible with my mobo. i'd like to find out so i can finally upgrade.
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March 18, 2014 8:09:38 PM

soypisto75 said:
do you know about pricewatch.com? they have great deals on there from all kinds of websites. i was asking dariens007 (or anyone else that can help me out) about the 2.0 thing. like i was saying before, im trying to upgrade from my 512mb to a 2gb also. ive seen plenty that are pciex16 2.0 but dont know if they're compatible with my mobo. i'd like to find out so i can finally upgrade.



It doesnt matter. A pci-express 3.0 x16 will work in a pci-express 2.0 or 1.0 x16
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March 18, 2014 9:28:33 PM

thanks for the help, just bought myself a Sapphire Radeon R7 250 for $55 off eBay. hopefully theres no problems, wish me luck! And thanks for the post!!! i play on Lethon, mostly on my alts, Twelver or Klabin
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