Would this be good enough to run WoW?

Hi.

My current PC is ancient, and sadly, it can't run WoW anymore. Sometimes I get BSoD. At other times, it simply freezes, leaving me with no other choice but to restart. And when it finally runs, I get about 4-5 FPS in empty areas. :(

My budget is severely limited due to issues, but that's OK. I've already got the following components:
CPU & GPU (APU): AMD Fusion A4-5300 (3.4Ghz Dual Core CPU + Radeon HD 7480D Integrated GPU, runs at 723Mhz?)
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4GB (2x 2gb)
HDD: 500 GB WD (do hard drives make a difference performance-wise?)

What motherboard should I get? Can you link me a good one (preferably on amazon.com)?

Furthermore, I've noticed the GPU got EXTREMELY low scores on a benchmark site (http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7480D), but the APU itself is doing somewhat well (http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+A4-5300+APU&id=1447). I am confused.

Please help me, and I humbly apologize if I don't make a lot of sense. I honestly don't know anything about computers, so please bear with me. :ange:

-Chris
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  1. instead of a4-5300 get the a6-5400, its about 15 $ more but performance will be way better. And yes, it will handle WoW.

    Dont forget to have 1866 Mhz ram or better, for better performance.
  2. Wow is a cpu bound game, as long as your cpu is good most gpus will be bored by it
  3. vladistrelka said:
    instead of a4-5300 get the a6-5400, its about 15 $ more but performance will be way better. And yes, it will handle WoW.

    Dont forget to have 1866 Mhz ram or better, for better performance.



    The RAM speed doesn't matter. Tom's recently did a comparison between 1600MHz and some high frequency ones and there was basically no difference. Like the difference between 150 FPS and 151 FPS.


    Do you already have those parts? If not, we can suggest something better.

    As for the motherboard, it doesn't really matter. It isn't a high end system so most of the features on expensive motherboards won't matter.

    Something like this would work fine:
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Socket-MicroATX-Motherboard-FM2-A75MA-E35/dp/B009HP42HQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359848737&sr=8-1&keywords=FM2


    The PC will greatly benefit from a discrete GPU. Even something like this would double your performance:
    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GV-R667D3-1GI-Radeon-CrossFire-Graphics/dp/B005MED9X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359848856&sr=8-1&keywords=6670

    Integrated graphics aren't designed for gaming. The chip built into the A4-5300 is fairly weak. It will run WoW, but if you ever decide to play anything else you'll be in trouble.

    The HDD speed isn't a big deal. It won't affect your game performance, but load times and the PCs boot time will be increased with a slower HDD. As long as it is 7200RPM you will be fine.
  4. RAM speeds do matter alot for the integrated graphics on A series CPUs.
  5. I was referring to the SDRAM, not the VRAM.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, nevermind. Completely forgot how integrated graphics work. xD
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