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April 10, 2009 8:24:09 AM

Hello. I'm having fps issues in World of Warcraft. Every time I go to a crowded area of the game, my fps starts to fall and the screen becomes choppy. I would like to know which components I should upgrade for better game play. I think my graphics cards needs a boost as well as having more RAM.

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http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1009568/1009568sp2.sh...

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a b U Graphics card
April 10, 2009 9:11:31 AM

I guess a RAM upgrade is the quickest route, but have you considered it could also be lag issues?
a b U Graphics card
April 10, 2009 9:32:32 AM

Yes you need to change your GPU and RAM...
But my suggestion would be to change the Graphics card first...
Because I think 2 GB is sufficient for WOW...and changing to a better graphics card, would provide with more power and more video RAM(512MB cards)

How much are you willing to spend???
for less than $80, get the 4670

If >$80, 4830...
Dint suggest any other faster cards because the 400W PSU in your PC may not be sufficient for those cards...
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April 10, 2009 10:02:20 AM

I am willing to spend more than 80$.
April 10, 2009 10:08:43 AM

r_manic said:
I guess a RAM upgrade is the quickest route, but have you considered it could also be lag issues?


My internet service is DSL, but I do not lag. I clean up registry and cache on a regular basis, and even when I put my video settings on WoW at the minimum, my latency is the same. I also notice it runs smoothly with the lowest options. Latency has not been a problem so far In my opinion.
a b U Graphics card
April 10, 2009 10:27:02 AM

Krauser5821 said:
My internet service is DSL, but I do not lag. I clean up registry and cache on a regular basis, and even when I put my video settings on WoW at the minimum, my latency is the same. I also notice it runs smoothly with the lowest options. Latency has not been a problem so far In my opinion.

Give you exact budget...Mayb you change both the card and the PSU...
April 10, 2009 10:40:04 AM

gkay09 said:
Give you exact budget...Mayb you change both the card and the PSU...

I am hoping around 200-300$ range. I would like something that would last honestly.
April 10, 2009 12:10:16 PM

Krauser5821 said:
I am hoping around 200-300$ range. I would like something that would last honestly.


well you can get some good stuff for $200-300, so heres my suggestions...

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

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

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

Total (including shipping): $293.56

or if you would rather have a Nvidia video card, heres a suggestion...

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

both are very good cards, it just depends on what your preference is.
April 10, 2009 8:28:45 PM

lasoski311 said:
well you can get some good stuff for $200-300, so heres my suggestions...

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

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

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

Total (including shipping): $293.56

or if you would rather have a Nvidia video card, heres a suggestion...

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

both are very good cards, it just depends on what your preference is.


whats the difference between the BFG -

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8906437&t...

and the MSI?
April 10, 2009 9:52:37 PM

brand and price is the only difference since they are both overclocked cards, although im not sure how much the BFG is overclocked compared to MSI is suggested
April 10, 2009 10:41:39 PM

lasoski311 said:
well you can get some good stuff for $200-300, so heres my suggestions...

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

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

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

Total (including shipping): $293.56

or if you would rather have a Nvidia video card, heres a suggestion...

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

both are very good cards, it just depends on what your preference is.


^ +1 for a $300 upgrade - which would extend the life of your pc +1 year at least as previously stated

However if you play WoW mostly I think you would be served well with only spending around $65 - 90 on a GPU, which will still be a huge jump from your current video card. Here are some suggestions:

$65 after mail in rebate - mid range card with lots of memory (not as important as it may seem though)
POWERCOLOR AX4670 1GBK3-P Radeon HD 4670 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$72 after mail in rebate - very fast R770 architecture in mid to high end range with roughly double the processing power of the 4670 (640 stream processors vs. 320 in the 4670)
MSI R4830-T2D512 Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$77 after mail in rebate - best Nvidia competition at this price range - the 9600GT - not as fast as the 4830 though:
PNY VCG96512GXEB GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These GPUs will have no problem with WoW at all.

You definitely should upgrade to a total of 4GB of ram. You should check inside you pc and see if you have two extra available ram slots, then you can add 2x 1GB sticks. If not you will have to replace the 2 current 1GB sticks with 2x2GB sticks. I not sure which one you will have to do because I couldn't find any info on you're mobo.

As for the PSU it is a good upgrade as long as you intend on building you're next pc from the bottom up because it should last 5 or more years. Also if you do plan on building you're next pc you should consider what kind of parts that might have (i.e. how powerful do you want that machine to be).

Finally if you chose a cheaper GPU you will have a hundred bucks and some to spend on a better internet connection or you're next pc build down the line
April 10, 2009 11:58:04 PM

Does anyone know if this could be CPU? Maybe it's having trouble processing all of the different players. Or maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about :}
April 11, 2009 12:00:02 AM

i would definitely recommend a new Power Supply; one that you could move over to a new build possibly down the road, and something around a 4850. I'm not sure what kind of power supply would fit it your Dell though.. Read your computer manual and find out if it's an ATX power supply which would be easy to replace.
I couldn't find your monitor/resolution, but those 2 upgrades are maybe a $200 upgrade that will blow your mind. No more LOW settings... 2 gigs of ram is good enough for now, maybe go to 4 later.
April 11, 2009 12:02:50 AM

rjkucia said:
Does anyone know if this could be CPU? Maybe it's having trouble processing all of the different players. Or maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about :}


Your CPU is definitely not the problem. I only have a 5400x2 and a 4850 at 1440x900 and am very happy. I still think your quickest fix would be a new GPU, which would probably need a new power supply to go along with it.
April 11, 2009 12:16:47 AM

^ +1 on that - just check that the PSU will be compatible with you're dell case
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