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What to get for a custom computer used for world of warcraft?

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July 24, 2010 7:38:12 PM

I am thinking about buying a custom computer and was wondering what the specifications should be. I am not sure what specifications would be over kill and what specifications wouldn't. I want to run WoW at atleast 60 frames per second while filming with fraps.
a c 235 U Graphics card
a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 24, 2010 7:42:20 PM

at what monitor resolution? with shadows maxed out or just at normal settings?
July 25, 2010 6:35:03 AM

resolution is 1280x960

I'm fine with having all the video settings on the lowest possible, besides view distance. I usually have view distance on half, but would prefer to put it on max if it didn't cause so much lag.

Btw with the upcoming expansion, cataclysm, the graphics in WoW are going to be improved. Do you think this will require a better video card?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 25, 2010 2:01:02 PM
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your resolution is not very demanding at all. if you plan to keep your monitor, a card like the ATI 5670 is more then enough to play the game at high settings and get 60 FPS. The new expansion will not be any more demanding then the current WoTLK expansion. The old zones will get make overs. The Nvidia 9600GT and ATI 4670 are cheaper solution but lack the ATI 5670 performance.

as for a CPU, WoW likes two fast cores. A dual core would be your cheapest option (but limit you in newer games), followed by three and four core CPUs. look for speeds 2.9ghz +

July 25, 2010 7:05:11 PM

Best answer selected by adultswim77.
July 25, 2010 7:27:05 PM

ct1615 said:
your resolution is not very demanding at all. if you plan to keep your monitor, a card like the ATI 5670 is more then enough to play the game at high settings and get 60 FPS. The new expansion will not be any more demanding then the current WoTLK expansion. The old zones will get make overs. The Nvidia 9600GT and ATI 4670 are cheaper solution but lack the ATI 5670 performance.

as for a CPU, WoW likes two fast cores. A dual core would be your cheapest option (but limit you in newer games), followed by three and four core CPUs. look for speeds 2.9ghz +


Sorry to keep asking stuff, but do you think having a "Intel® Core™ i7 930 Processor (4x 2.80GHz/8MB L3 Cache)" would keep me at 60 fps while filming with fraps, or should I get a "Intel® Core™ i7 960 Processor (4x 3.20GHz/8MB L3 Cache)"? This is assuming I have the "ATI Radeon HD 5670 - 1GB - Single Card".
a c 235 U Graphics card
a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 25, 2010 7:30:43 PM

any i7 is more then enough for WoW, frankly any i5 is more then enough for it.
July 25, 2010 8:42:45 PM

Alright thanks a ton man!
July 26, 2010 3:31:42 AM

ct1615 said:
any i7 is more then enough for WoW, frankly any i5 is more then enough for it.


So if I had a "Intel® Core™ i5 760 Processor (4x 2.80GHz/8MB L3 Cache)" and a "ATI Radeon HD 5670 - 1GB" I could run WoW with lowest video settings (besides view distance) and be running 60 fps while filming with fraps?
July 26, 2010 4:03:32 AM

With those components you'll probably be able to get at least 60fps with all settings other than Shadows on max. The only thing Blizzard is really updating as far as graphics go in Cataclysm is the water effects so you should still be in good shape for the expansion.
a c 235 U Graphics card
a b Ý World of Warcraft
July 26, 2010 4:16:31 AM

adultswim77 said:
So if I had a "Intel® Core™ i5 760 Processor (4x 2.80GHz/8MB L3 Cache)" and a "ATI Radeon HD 5670 - 1GB" I could run WoW with lowest video settings (besides view distance) and be running 60 fps while filming with fraps?


you will get 60FPS at max settings, shadows set to normal.
July 26, 2010 5:58:31 AM

ct1615 said:
you will get 60FPS at max settings, shadows set to normal.


k, thanks so much =D
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