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Need some info on Intel Gma 950 and have some qestions

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March 9, 2007 2:16:35 AM

Hello,

I am building a new computer. I was wondering will the Intel GMA 950 play World Of Warcraft some what like my 9600XT and play cod1/cod2 i am asking is because i am on a budget and if it will run them fine. i will be happy i am waiting on some of the cards to drop in price i would have 1gb ddr2-800 or 2gb ddr-800 with pen 4 or D, or a anthlon 64 or x2


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Brian
March 9, 2007 2:27:29 AM

Maybe, maybe not. Its not a "real" video card probably be better of using that 9600XT u got instead of the integrated one.
March 9, 2007 2:40:14 AM

we'll if i get a socket 775 or am2 with ddr2-677 or 800 would it bottleneck my cpu. if i get a single core or dual core?
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March 9, 2007 12:46:35 PM

As a rule, if you want to play games stay away from integrated.

Having said that, WoW is farily forgiving and isn't a tough graphic engine. But if you're going integrated get an integrated Geforce 61x0 or Radeon 200M at the very least, just for driver compatibility.
March 9, 2007 2:09:26 PM

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I am building a new computer. I was wondering will the Intel GMA 950 play World Of Warcraft some what like my 9600XT and play cod1/cod2 i am asking is because i am on a budget and if it will run them fine.


The WoW do list the integrated GMA950 as supported, so it will work. Nevertheless integrated graphics, of any make, is not really recommended for gaming. Use your existing 9600XT if you can, or at least buy a cheap 50 USD nVidia or ATI card which will give much better performance than the integrated graphics.
Upping your budget to around 150 USD will get you cards with very good performance even in games which are more demanding than WoW. Building a new computer for gaming, even WoW, and not getting a dedicated graphics card (even a 50$ card) is an error. It is better to save on a cheaper CPU.
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