Hi, I play WoW and my computer is rather slow. I dont have the money to go buy a new computer at the moment so im thinking the best upgrade would be to upgrade my video card. What would be the best video card for the money right now? During raids, i normally get around 2-5 FPS and its just not liveable anymore. So anything that would boost it up to atleast 15 FPS would be good enough for me. Any help is appreciated.
Full system specs including power supply, either make and model or current on the 12 volt rails. If the issue primarily occurs during raids its likely a CPU bottleneck rather than a GPU bottleneck, is it affected by lowering the detail settings?
Time of this report: 9/21/2009, 00:25:56
Machine name: HOWESTHAT
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
System Model: DF253A-ABA A250N
BIOS: BIOS Date: 05/08/03 22:15:37 Ver: 08.00.08
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.60GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 512MB RAM
Page File: 321MB used, 928MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.
I used to play WoW... hunter is right here. When you go on a raid or go into one of the big cities you probably notice your FPS drops vs killing a monster or two in the middle of Borean Tundra :-P
This is because the game has to render the real-time movements of all the other real characters. This is very CPU intensive and WoW is not threaded to utilize (correctly) more than a single CPU which presents problems.
The second most important factor affecting FPS in cities/raids is you network bandwidth although you CPU will almost always bottleneck before this.
Yeah, I know my computer is older and obviously wont be the most amazing computer to have for gaming..but i want to see if i can make it somewhat playable. Combat in raids are what get me bad. Normally i dont have too many problems in cities. I have all the video settings turned to low but spell detail and have very few addons on. So i dont think that could make much more of a difference.
Looking at the specs I would say CPU bottleneck just b/c the P4's were really bad at hyper-threading and if wow is relying on that to split up AI rendering vs texture rendering vs real people then it may be slower than without HT on. The graphics card is showing its age too :-P but I don't think that is the problem.
My brother used to play wow on a G4 1ghz 64mb V ram and he usually got around 10 FPS on Raids... worse specs than you.
I would say disable Hyperthreading and make sure you run full screen with everything turned down. (If you can disable hyperthreading on that computer, not all give the option in BIOS
The problem is that to upgrade that computer for decent performance in WoW in large raids, in Dalaran or any other graphically demanding area you'd have to dump about $150- $200 into what is basically an outdated/obsolete system. You'd be better served by saving some money up and getting a newer system. An example is this Lenova for $379 with an Intel wolfdale E5200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...