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What to upgrade in my desktop for running WoW?

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November 10, 2009 1:43:20 PM

Heres my current specs:

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System Information
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Time of this report: 11/10/2009, 14:44:23
Machine name: MAXIMUS-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.090803-2339)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: PACKARD BELL BV
System Model: IMEDIA J2489
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 4300 @ 1.80GHz (2 CPUs), ~1.8GHz
Memory: 1022MB RAM
Page File: 2570MB used, 316MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode


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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7500 LE
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 7500 LE
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_01DD&SUBSYS_821B1043&REV_A1
Display Memory: 313 MB
Dedicated Memory: 58 MB
Shared Memory: 255 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 960 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll
Driver Version: 8.15.0011.8585 (English)
DDI Version: 9Ex
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 4/30/2009 21:02:00, 7593472 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-429D-11CF-7A52-10A201C2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x01DD
SubSys ID: 0x821B1043
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_B ModeWMV9_B ModeVC1_A ModeWMV9_A

I'm not sure if you need to know that but i thought i would post all that anyway.
if you need to know anything else then just ask and i'll post it.


usually when running wow i have all settings on the lowest possible except for spell detail. when leveling, wandering around and questing my fps is fine. However once i enter a crowded area like dalaran or orgimmar auction house my fps will drop drastically depending on the number of players and this is still whilst on minimum settings.
When raiding my fps sometimes drops big time on certain pulls, especially at the startof them and on bosses when everybody begins the fight my screen will simply just freeze for about 20 seconds to a minute and then i will be jittery the whole fight.

I'm hoping to upgrade my desktop so that i can run wow alot smoother and at medium settings or maybe even high and not have to suffer so much jittering.
I would also like to be able to record myself playing using a programn such as fraps or maybe stream online.

My budget is about £300 give or take a little.
November 10, 2009 3:36:44 PM

wow! thanks :D  so i pay someone to get all of this put in and bam it will be done? will i have to upgrade vista or anything? will a shop like pc world be able to put it all in? sorry i'm not very good with computer systems :) 

thanks again.
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November 10, 2009 4:04:36 PM

yeah just like that, shouldn be too much hassle,you wouldn need to upgrade vista
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November 10, 2009 7:27:03 PM

Not meaning to put a spanner in an otherwise solved works, but there is an obvious bottleneck with that choice of upgrade. The graphics card has near enough just come out, but the CPU has been around for somewhat ages. A better idea would be to spend less on the graphics card and more on the CPU, at the very least, an E8X00 series dual core, or look at the quads, for real future proofing.
Also, you say you play at 1280 x 960, correct? You can save yourself quite a bit of money NOW by not purchasing the latest graphics card which won't be (realistically) fully utilized and instead going for something such as a 4870 or GTX 260, something in that range.
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November 11, 2009 1:41:01 PM

the e6300 is a new cpu released a few months ago based on the wolfdale core they just reused the e6300 name and then again i wouldn throw too much into an eol 775 system and i think wow will be round longer then dx11 so it will become dx11 in time thats why i chose a 5770 ,but for alternative cpu's look into the e7400 or new e6500
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November 11, 2009 2:48:18 PM

iyaz23, do you have a spending cap?
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November 11, 2009 3:39:04 PM

yeh most i can spend is around £300, whats the best reults i could hopefully get on wow with that amount?
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November 25, 2009 6:48:22 AM

Hey you don't need an expensive pc to play wow. You don't need those expensive graphic cards. I played it with a nvidia 9500gt at full detail and like 1400xsomething resolution. Had a 2.5gig dual core intel.

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November 25, 2009 8:23:09 AM

Yes tuesday0180 is right.. WOW is not that demanding. just change your graphic card and add more ram.
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November 25, 2009 9:54:27 AM

The biggest cause for the drop in frames what I experienced when playing WOW on an old rig was the RAM, which was DDRII 667 1g. The problem appeared as soon as I entered a crowded area, and I found that it was caused by the constant uploading of character details to my RAM. It could also be a bad low bandwidth internet connection as we sometimes have in S Africa, causing a bottleneck in loading character details.

I played on a Nvidia 8500GT 256 then, and after the RAM was updated, WOW ran fine on 1280x960.

Then I bought an LCD 1680x1050 and I had to upgrade my GPU to a better model...just saying :) 
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