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June 18, 2008 4:20:54 AM

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
June 18, 2008 4:26:23 AM

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
June 18, 2008 4:31:40 AM

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
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June 18, 2008 4:38:48 AM

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
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June 18, 2008 4:47:44 AM

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=N82E168...
then that should do the trick.

Get a really nice power supply with the money you save. they tend to last much longer.
June 18, 2008 5:13:25 AM

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.
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June 18, 2008 5:30:11 AM

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=E...

And for anyone doubting the power of the card here is an interesting watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mki3VupOxQ
June 18, 2008 5:39:14 AM

Lol I max WoW at 1280x1024 on an AMD 3500+ and an X800pro. 1gb of RAM as well. Its not exactly a demanding game...
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June 18, 2008 5:46:23 AM

thats right, WOW isn't very demanding, i say go for a 8800GT or 8800GTS 512
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June 18, 2008 5:58:40 AM

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=N82E168...
plenty of power for what you have and no problem fitting into your HP case.
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June 18, 2008 5:59:26 AM

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.
June 18, 2008 2:11:07 PM

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.


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June 19, 2008 7:56:30 AM

One thing the HD2600 which i meant to link is this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
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June 29, 2008 6:39:47 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums mate :) 

What resolution? it should do fine on 1280x1024
June 29, 2008 8:00:51 PM

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.
August 15, 2008 6:43:05 AM

sry to resurrect this thread but would a 9500GT max it out on 1024x768 in a place with lots of ppl etc...
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August 15, 2008 6:51:46 AM

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.
August 15, 2008 1:00:46 PM

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.
August 15, 2008 7:24:58 PM

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.
August 16, 2008 12:20:17 AM

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.
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August 16, 2008 5:29:12 AM

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.
August 16, 2008 8:33:56 AM

^lol agreed.
August 16, 2008 2:52:03 PM

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.
August 16, 2008 8:53:05 PM

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.
August 17, 2008 7:13:11 PM

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.
August 19, 2008 11:44:16 AM

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)
August 19, 2008 11:54:59 AM

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.
August 19, 2008 11:57:54 AM

pl0x mates, dont let us start again with the network/server lag discussion.

Please i beg thee
December 4, 2008 7:09:48 AM

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
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December 4, 2008 10:31:39 AM

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.
December 4, 2008 2:05:21 PM

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


March 23, 2009 10:38:33 AM

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 !
August 11, 2009 4:00:32 AM

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?
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August 11, 2009 5:37:10 AM

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-...

notice the huge hit with shadows full on.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/mainstre...
August 13, 2009 5:55:24 AM

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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August 13, 2009 7:10:30 AM

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