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November 22, 2008 1:48:16 AM

I'm building a new gaming computer and was wondering what video card I should get. I mostly play World of Warcraft, so I don't want to spend more than I have to, as I know WoW doesn't require too much, but I want a video card that will handle WoW at max settings. The CPU i will be using will be an e8500, which I will be OC'ing to about 4.0ghz.

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November 22, 2008 2:24:39 AM

What resolution are you going to be playing at ? exp. a 22" widescreen usually runs 1680x1050 resolution. 19" usually1440x900. A 9800GT with all settings high and shadows enabled will usually run at the 60 fps in non stressful areas, when flying or in crowded areas like raids or PvP it'll drop to upper 30's. I wouldn't go below a HD3870 or 9600GT (both about $75 after rebates) for the above resolutions. A 9800GT ($95 after rebate) is a good choice or a HD4850 ($130 after rebate)would be a better choice if you have the budget for it.
November 22, 2008 2:36:53 AM

A 9600GT or 3870 should do just fine. Neither are very future proof, but they'll both play measly WoW just fine at any resolution below 1920x1200. When tons of players are on, the game is limited by your internet speed, not graphics rendering.
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November 22, 2008 3:16:05 AM

I would stick with something in the 9800 series or ATI equivalent. With WoTLK out right now, there are some new features in game that will demand a bit more out of your card than the previous WoW expansion. You don't need to go as high as a 260 or 280, unless you had some extra cash to throw around.

Make no mistake, when you computer is rendering WoW, your network will not play into effect.
November 22, 2008 3:23:31 AM

yea i do agree with not going below an 9800GT. The shadow on that game does very good job of taxing a card, and now throw in 8xaa because we like our edge smooth as silk, that is asking for trouble for res 1680*1050 or higher. Or you can buy a 4670 or equivalent and play with no shadow if you really feel like smiking on your graphic card.
November 22, 2008 4:04:18 AM

How many question on this forum is related to WOW and it is the same question!!!! jeebus!!

sorry, I am a WOW hater.

edit: you know what? I'll take that back because i am not sorry. screw you people who play WOW.
November 22, 2008 4:52:59 AM

My cousin is plays WoW on his HP with an 8600mGS at 1680x1050 with 2xAA. Game is flawless (even with the new expansion), which is my reasoning. Just my two frames.

I hate the game, too. I actually did play it for a week, though, unlike lots of haters that don't even try it out.
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November 22, 2008 5:09:42 AM

How are these "WoW" system builds any less annoying then "Will my system play crysis on max" post that fps junkies post all the time? At the very least you know WoW can be maxed. When on the other hand no system on gods green earth can play crysis on ultra settings and yet people ask.
November 22, 2008 5:11:35 AM

With that much CPU horse power, you could use a 3650 or 3850 and still get lighting video performance.
My Nephew plays wow with an old Pentium 4 3.0GHz with a X1950PRO 512MB and gets 40 FPS at a res of 1024x768 with everything turned on.
Wow has very little demand on most recent video cards but you better have a good internet connection because it'll slow your system down to crawl when you have 15 or more players on the same screen.
November 22, 2008 5:46:15 AM

WoW isnt a demanding game but if your going with a 22" widescreen its better to invest in a decent video card. A 8800GT would work out just fine in my own opinion.
November 22, 2008 10:49:51 AM

harrycat88 said:
With that much CPU horse power, you could use a 3650 or 3850 and still get lighting video performance.
My Nephew plays wow with an old Pentium 4 3.0GHz with a X1950PRO 512MB and gets 40 FPS at a res of 1024x768 with everything turned on.
Wow has very little demand on most recent video cards but you better have a good internet connection because it'll slow your system down to crawl when you have 15 or more players on the same screen.



WoW's performance does not hinge on ones internet connection speed.

edit: For all of you people who hate "WoW system build" questions, it is easier to simply not respond to a thread of this nature, rather then toss your opinion in and perpetuate its existance.
November 22, 2008 11:21:50 AM

I agree, 9800GT or 4850, personaly I would opt for 4850, but I also play many games other than (but including) WoW. My thoughts on this are if you shelled out the bones for an E8500, might as well match it with some pretty good graphics horsepower should your interests move to something more demanding. Of course, if your playing at 1280x1024, then the horspower is moot. As stated in the second post it really depends on what monitor you have.
November 22, 2008 5:08:45 PM

I play WoW with a Q6600 @3.2 and a GTX260 at 1920x1080 and I drop to 25-30 fps in some zones in the new expac with 0 shadows, so it's definitely more demanding than these people will lead you to believe.

If you don't play WoW why do you comment on the card needed to run it?

I would suggest nothing less than an 8/9800GT.
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November 22, 2008 6:07:43 PM

Maybe the OP should be thinking beyond WoW and the games he/she will be playing in 6 months time.
In which case a 9800GT/GTX would be a good place to start.
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December 25, 2008 1:00:06 PM

what if i have an unsupported video card will the game work anyway?
i got
Windows xp
AMD sepron(tm) 2300+
2 gb RAM
1280x1024 resolution
1.6 Ghz
3D accelerator whatever that is
directx 9
Video card SiS 741 rev 00 thats the chip name

plz don't laugh, cozz my computer isn't so young lol

do i have at least the minimum of the requirements?
December 25, 2008 3:52:01 PM

<Nvidia camp recommendation>

Under the old expansion (when I played Wow), I can remember the fps difference when I changed from a 8600 GT to a 8600 GT SLI. (E6750, 2 GB of DDR2 800 4-4-4-12-1T, 1280x1024) I jumped from an usual ~40-60 fps to ~100-140 fps. (I played with no spell graphics, etc.) Now, with the new expansion eating older video cards alive, Liderc's first hand info would suggestion a minimum of a 9800xxx card.

As a result, 9800 GTs can be found for ~$95 after rebates right now. (The typically referenced one from Newegg has had a price increase recently.)

(I upgraded to a single 9800GT from my above SLI setup due to purchasing Fallout 3, and I have been happy with the results.)

However, for future proofing (since you are building a new computer), I would recommend the 9800GTX+.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$155 after rebate, free shipping, 1 6 pin power (instead of 2), free game, lifetime warranty

And, I would make sure to buy a MB that has at least 2 PCI-E 2.0 x8 lanes when in SLI mode. (That way, in the future, all you have to do is buy a second 9800 GTX+.)
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