Hello, i am looking for either a laptop or a desktop that would allow me to run wow at the lowest settings(no lag or none of that *** though), at the cheapest price. i have found some leads but what the hell is this i3 hd ***? and im looking to spend anywehre from 600-800 nothing crazy. HELP!
Intel HD is the onboard GPU technology that intel has included on it's 2010 "Core" CPUs. In theory you could play WoW on a pc running Intel HD, but it may not be enjoyable. I'm guessing that the i3s HD capabilities might not even run WoW on it's lowest settings. The i5 probably would run WoW on it's lowest settings, but I would expect sub 30fps performance out of it. I can't say for sure though as I do not use the Intel HD.
I would recommend getting a computer with a dedicated card and a duel core CPU clocked over 2.0GHZ though. Why are you simply aiming to run on low settings though when there are machines within your specified price range that will run WoW on ultra (making the game all the more enjoyable)? The link I posted is for the Asus G73 which will run WoW on ultra. I play on an Asus G72 and am getting 45fps on ultra (new Cata content) anda solid 6fps with shadows dropped a notch.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Graphics-Media-Accel.... Here is another review of Intels HD graphics. This one shows it running WoW at playable frame rates on low settings (i5 though). I guess that both the i3 & i5 Intel HD graphics meet the minimum system requirements for WoW. I still question the idea of buying something new that will only play on low settings when you could get a something that would play on higher settings for a comparable price. I'm sure you have your reasons though. Hope I was some help to you.
I will try to make a few suggestions and back them up.
1) Build your own desktop. This will get you the absolute most performance for your money, but it requires that you are willing to buy the parts separately and then build the desktop. I have a build in my Newegg wishlist that costs $680 that will outperform any laptop/desktop you can buy in the same price range. Of course you have to add in $100-$200 for peripherals if they are needed.
This one also has a DX 11 gpu along with an i3 processor. The i3 is a better processor than most of the old core2duos and will give better battery life. There is really not any kind of difference between the i3's and i5's for your needs. As long as you have a dedicated video card, you should be able to run WoW fine.
If you want to spend less you could go with an IntelHD laptop. It will run WoW, just not great. You should be able to run on low-medium settings just fine. The newer onboard graphics are quite potent when compared with some of the others.
Faster processor than the other desktop, but a slower video card. Ultra settings would again be a breeze.
Both of these desktops are sold out on Newegg though. But if you find a similary spec'ed/priced desktop elsewhere then you can't go wrong.
My first suggestion is a personal favorite. I recently took the dive and built my own computer, and it was worth every minute of googling I had to do. It was also fun, and I now have a computer that breezes through every game I throw at it. But if all you want to play is WoW, it may not be worth your time.
Neither of the laptops that the previous poster linked are on par with the G72 as far as gaming performance. You don't need a DX11 card to play WoW and a slower DX11 card will not run WoW better than a faster DX10 card. The i3 is nice, but the core 2 duo in the G72 overclocks to 2.88GHZ which does make a difference. I agree with him on desktops though, building your own is better.