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Graphics card that will play WOW at max settings

What is affordable graphics card that will play wow and most other mmorpgs at near max settings. i was looking at this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814145151 but maybe this is overkill i suspect, but aye just looking for a all around good graphics card at a iresistable price point :-)


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http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01070885&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=&product=3453995&lang=
this is the system specs of what i have
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  1. 8800 GTS 512 should max it out at 1920*1200 - no idea what power supply your HP uses, but I think 400watt with good amperage on 12v is the minimum for 8800 GTS 512

    8800 GTS 512 should fit in even a cramped HP case too i'd say

    I'd get a second opinion though from someone more familiar with HPs
  2. depends on the resolution the ram onboard - if your playing 1900x1200 you want an 8800GTX or the newer 9800GTX has less ram

    the new 200 has 1 gb

    the high the resolution the higher the ram needed

    my customers play wow at 1900x1200 with the 8800gtx
  3. Aye well the case currently only has a crappy 250 w power supply but ill be upgrading it (also looking for suggestions on PSU) but how would the 3870 fare?, or the 9600 GT? and currently i am not looking to run at 1900x1200 as i dont have a BBM( big beautiful monitor) yet but i do have plans to get one so i might as well plan ahead for it
  4. Seriously? world of warcraft? I could play wow on my p4 with an x800xl and at 1600x1200 max. Those cards are way overkill unless you plan on buying a new system soon. If your only concerned about wow

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133186
    then that should do the trick.

    Get a really nice power supply with the money you save. they tend to last much longer.
  5. I don't agree with that video card suggestion if you want to be playing with MSAA enabled

    MMORPG's are notorious for getting graphically bogged down when there are many players on screen which is not uncommon. I think the 7900 GS would not give a universally acceptable experience at all times.
  6. MSAA doesn't help wow. perhaps if he was talking about Age of conan. at high enough resolutions even AA is barely noticable. In fact I would even suggest the ati 2600. He doesn't have a large screen and all prior suggestions will prolly cook themselves in a stock case.

    I would get this ati 2600. It's larger cooling solution will dump air outside of your poorly ventilated case.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048+1305520549+106792278&Configurator=&Subcategory=48&description=&Ntk=&srchInDesc=

    And for anyone doubting the power of the card here is an interesting watch.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mki3VupOxQ
  7. Lol I max WoW at 1280x1024 on an AMD 3500+ and an X800pro. 1gb of RAM as well. Its not exactly a demanding game...
  8. thats right, WOW isn't very demanding, i say go for a 8800GT or 8800GTS 512
  9. I think the card you were looking at is a very good choice, not only for WOW, but other mmorpgs.Tough to beat $109.99 AR for a 9600GT. A good choice for power supply would be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003
    plenty of power for what you have and no problem fitting into your HP case.
  10. In large towns such as iron forge or ogrimmar during peak hours your connection to the server will most likely be the cause of any "stuttering" you may see. Back when there we're town raids the servers crashed before my x800xl could unleash it's full potential lol.
  11. PsyKhiqZero said:
    In large towns such as iron forge or ogrimmar during peak hours your connection to the server will most likely be the cause of any "stuttering" you may see. Back when there we're town raids the servers crashed before my x800xl could unleash it's full potential lol.


    I have a X850XT, a X2 4800+ and 3GB Ram. I played wow max settings always above 35 FPS. With a crapload of addons.
    WoW is very well coded and overall a very light game. The only stuttering there is usually server lag. Get a 2600 or a 7900, put one or two more Gigabytes of ram, and that is it !!

    Even in "Old" Alterac Valley during the turteling sessions it would fly. Same in 40 man raiding. Yeah i'm old school. I was i mean.
  12. One thing the HD2600 which i meant to link is this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161098

    It's low enough power that it may save you the cost of a power supply. While i belive it's recomended is 300 watts those estamates are usually overly safe so as long as you only have 1 HDD then it should be fine.
  13. Hi guys was just wundering would this system be able to play wow on max graphics with a nice moniter. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3142609&CatId=2630
  14. Hello and welcome to the forums mate :)

    What resolution? it should do fine on 1280x1024
  15. My 7600 GT maxes WoW at 1200x700 res (forget the actual number). I would say get a 9600 GT or 3870, that will do fine.
  16. sry to resurrect this thread but would a 9500GT max it out on 1024x768 in a place with lots of ppl etc...
  17. It would do pretty well, yeah. If you play anything else that is more graphically demanding though, I would go with something a bit more powerful (like a 9600GT). For WoW alone, the 9500 should do fine.
  18. V3NOM said:
    sry to resurrect this thread but would a 9500GT max it out on 1024x768 in a place with lots of ppl etc...

    In such places, your video card will be bottlenecked by possibly your CPU, and most likely your connection, where a less-than-perfect connection will cause a domino effect, where the CPU will struggle to detangle things, resulting in it bottlenecking the graphics card.

    For WoW alone, the 9500GT should be sufficient to max out the game to probably at least 1680x1050 without any drop below 60fps attributable to the graphics card itself.
  19. You may want to consider a 9800GTX. Like other people have mentioned, any area that has a large number of people (such as Shattrath, Orgrimmar, or Ironforge) will tax your video card. I have a system that scores a 18500-19500 depending on my OC with 3D Mark, but still drops to 40FPS in crowded areas.

    Also, don't worry about your network lag. That does not play into the FPS rendered in WoW.
  20. The 9600gt will destroy Wow, and keep you gaming for a long time in general. Especially if you have a low res monitore. Even with AA and the what not.
  21. pbrigido said:
    You may want to consider a 9800GTX. Like other people have mentioned, any area that has a large number of people (such as Shattrath, Orgrimmar, or Ironforge) will tax your video card. I have a system that scores a 18500-19500 depending on my OC with 3D Mark, but still drops to 40FPS in crowded areas.

    Also, don't worry about your network lag. That does not play into the FPS rendered in WoW.

    There is absolutely no reason for a 9800GTX for WoW at 1024x768. In fact, there is almost no need for a 9800GTX for ANYTHING at that resolution except Crysis with AA.
  22. ^lol agreed.
  23. I have max settings on WOW with a Q9450 & XFX 8800GT -YDE4 model (512mb), Using a comcast cable modem connection in 1280x1024 I run at 60FPS in all Cities/Raids. It is soooo nice to play the game with all the eye candy on and not have any graphical issues. I am going to put a 9500GT in my old ladies comp for WOW, she doesn't raid (even though it would be fine and this card could handle it), she just runs around the world and talks to people while questing.
  24. Although I agree WoW isn't very demanding, I found anything below an 8800GT 512mb won't do it for you. Even then you'll run into low 30s in Shattrath(1920x1080) with max graphics. For your low resolution I would still go with an 8800GT to be safe.
  25. My cousin runs WoW maxed on an 8600m GS. That's at 1680x1050.
    I blew through it with my 8800m GTX at 90fps maxed at 1920x1200.
    Buy any midrange graphics card, it'll serve you well.
  26. pbrigido said:
    You may want to consider a 9800GTX. Like other people have mentioned, any area that has a large number of people (such as Shattrath, Orgrimmar, or Ironforge) will tax your video card. I have a system that scores a 18500-19500 depending on my OC with 3D Mark, but still drops to 40FPS in crowded areas.

    In those areas, guess what? Your framerate with the 9800GTX would be exactly the same as if you'd had the vastly weaker 9500GT. The reason why is because in either case, the video card is being bottlenecked by other parts of the system.

    pbrigido said:
    Also, don't worry about your network lag. That does not play into the FPS rendered in WoW.

    The only person you're fooling here is yourself, to think that your video card is the only component that affects your framerate. I gave you the answers as to why, yet you dismissed them out of hand without addressing them. Sorry, but an education and job in IT do not translate to understanding gaming performance; that's a different field entirely from IT. (and primarily falls under IT's opposite in computing, computer engineering)
  27. nottheking. I never said that the only variable that effects your FPS is your video card. If you can find anywhere that I have stated such, please quote me on it. I am stating that network lag does NOT effect frame rate in WoW. It is as simple as that and very true.
  28. pl0x mates, dont let us start again with the network/server lag discussion.

    Please i beg thee
  29. what video card setting do you all use?

    i have tried a variety of setting on my computer and i cant get more than 30 fps
  30. It depends what system you have, processor, graphic card and monitor resolution. Here's some examples. Athlon64 3000, 7600GS AGP, 1440x900 with all settings turned down, shadows off will get 40 fps for general questing, drop to 20+ fps in graphically intensive areas (crowded towns, group PvP and raids). A E6750, 8800GT, 1680x1050 all graphics on high, shadows enabled will get 60+ fps general gaming, dropping to 40s in graphically intense areas. If you're having trouble, first disable shadows, then start lowering settings one at a time, a notch at time. Check gameplay and repeat till you're satisfied with the results.
  31. well the wow setting i have are: oh i have a nvidia 8800, with sli disabled

    anisotropic filtering: 4x
    antialiasing - gamma correction: on
    antialiasing - mode: enhanced
    antialiasing - setting: 4x
    antialiasing - transparency: multisampling
    error reporting: off
    conforming texture clamp: hardware
    extension limit: off
    force mipmaps: trilinear
    maximum pre-rendered frames: 3
    multi-display/mixedgpu acc: single
    texture filtering - anisotropic: on
    texture filtering - negative lod:allow
    texture filtering - quality: high performance
    texture filtering - trilinear opt: off
    triple buff: on
    verticle sync: use 3d app setting

    and in game i have a mix of high and low stuff.

    i have even turned off the addons i use and make no difference.

    i am curious why the fps is below 30 at times and other times it is 20-40+

    it is so inconsistent
  32. Please note do not get a 9800GTX (not to sure the GT) i have this card and am replacing it, as it does not have a good stanable FPS rate in wow (even in azoroth its at 60fps but jumps a lot of the time down to 12-20fps which causes lag, which my old 7900gs held a constant 60 fps there).

    this card will make your wow needs rage !
  33. I am running a 8800gs, only getting about 20 fps if that outside of main cities. With all of you saying you can max fps with a 8800gts. How, what system are you running?
  34. You're replying in an old thread, some recent patches in WotLK make the game more graphic intensive. Your processor, the resolution of your monitor and what settings you have your game set at will make huge differences in the game. Here's some recent benchmarks, your 8800GS is pretty equal to a HD4670.

    http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,689378/WoW-Wrath-of-the-Lich-King-Benchmarks-with-Ati-and-Nvidia-graphics-cards/Practice/

    notice the huge hit with shadows full on.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/mainstream-cards-mmorpg_14.html#sect0
  35. Hey im new to this thread but im posting cuz im wondering why lately my computer's FPS in WOW has been so bad... its dipped and dipped.. im at full low and if im not all the way zoomed in 1st person view i lag, even when i am it freezes and crashes. what is the problem?? I have 1Gig of ram, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 2GHz processor my hard drive still has 180Gigs of its original 250 and my video card is a Nvidia GEFORCE 6150 LE System model HP RC494AV-ABA-s7600e
    Thanks so much this is a huge problem thanks...
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