First of all, thanks for taking the time to read my post. Ill give you my system specs first and foremost.
Processor: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400
Memory: 4GB RAM
Storage: 500GB hard drive
Screen: 15.6 inches
Graphics: Intel 4500MHD (128MB)
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
Alright, now to explain. I don't know much about computers but I know whats happening. Whenever I play world of warcraft my FPS is always at 2 - 4 in big cities along with 25m raids. I understand that it is a laptop, and the system specs are far from ideal for playing any type of game. However, I'm hoping to do one of the two options. Either find a temporary fix for this computer to up the FPS to suitable, or replace some of the parts in the laptop to find a permanent fix. I don't have the money right now to replace an entire computer, and I know some of you out there might have experience with upping FPS in general, or knowledge about what graphic cards can be replaced in my laptop (seeing as how I have a very limited options of what I can actually replace).
In summary, anyone who can explain to me how to improve my FPS, major or minor fixes is very much appreciated. Along with that, if anyone knows of any hardware upgrades that can actually work with my laptop I would be willing to buy those and bring it to a specialist.
Like I said, I need the help and I really appreciate anyone who is willing to help me out.
Thanks for your input. I forgot to mention also, I do play at everything low settings in wow. Along with that, whenever I go into a 25m raid, most ICC, I turn my resolution down to the lowest possible.
If its possible (and not a huge waist of your time), could you send me a pre-made or even a setup of a 400ish computer build that would run wow fantastic. Just to entertain the idea... assuming that there are no other fixes for my laptop.
I understand your budget is ~400ish, but I believe I've found you a suitable desktop that has a great chance at giving you what you need. Now, the graphics card in here are integrated, but I've found an upgrade (make sure the card I link here is infact, compatible with this computer's motherboard - not so sure if I got the right one) as far as the graphics, and it can run WoW very well. Let me know what you think.
I have EXACTLY the same problem. I'm running:
AMD Athalon X2 64 4400+
Acer 1920 monitor
500Gb SATA drive
I did some simple testing and was surprised to see that my graphics card was humming with no stress whatsoever...
BUT, my CPU was going to 50-75% in Dalaran and above 90% in 25M raids. The other posts are quite correct -- WoW is CPU intensive - not GPU - for graphics. This is why removing addons, which occupy program RAM space, helps a little bit. (I can improve 5-7 fps, but that's it). BTW, if I "ping" the meter on my CPU, I disconnect entirely -- WoW server thinks I logged out!
The rumor that WoW does not use multiple cores is false; this was changed in patch 3.3. I suspect Cataclysm will involve some major upgrades to the software architecture as well (there is a reason classic and BC are being rewritten in their entirety other than storyline).
So, I'm looking for an i7 bundle that will let me keep my graphics card (for now). I'm TigerDirect has several for a few hundred bucks in ATX form factor. While it's nearly impossible to "build for the future", I'm still going to try! I don't overclock, so I don't need the top-end motherboard.
Don't waste too much on your graphics card, other than mainstream "above average."