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August 11, 2010 12:32:18 PM

I play wow a lot and got an Alienware computer. here are the specs

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Alienware
System Model Aurora
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz, 2668 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Alienware A04, 10/28/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7600.16385"
Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 9.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 8.99 GB
Available Physical Memory 7.18 GB
Total Virtual Memory 18.0 GB
Available Virtual Memory 15.8 GB
It is running dual gts 240 graphics cards. doesn't seem to be the best for wow and was wondering what would be a good upgrade and if I needed to go back with dual cards or could go with just one. I also didn't know how to tell if it's pci express or pci. any help will be appreciated.
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 12:35:07 PM

Whats your budget, monitor resolution etc?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 1:05:40 PM

That's why you never buy Alienware. Pieces of garbage.

Sell the GT240s for $75 each or so. Grab an HD5770 for $150 and buy another one for $150. Crossfire those and you'll have a good machine.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 1:25:12 PM

Agree with shadow, a single GT240 is not good enough for heavy games, but dual GT240 aren't much better than that.
Sell those cards and get a better card like HD5770 or even GTX460.
Not sure about your PSU, seems like you don't mentioned about that above.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 2:05:09 PM

^ Agree with WA1. A 5770 or GTX460 will do you well. Just check your power supply. My guess is it may not be supper beefy and a safe bet would be a 5770 1GB.

the GT240 really isn't a gaming card, it's more of a "multimedia" card.

Can you check the Power Supply rating in your PC? Just pop the side off and it will have a sticker on it. We are looking for wattage and 12V rating.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 5:58:14 PM

I think the OP has a pair of GTS 240's (OEM Product) not GT240's, SLi'd 8800/9800GT's effectively.
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 6:13:01 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I think the OP has a pair of GTS 240's (OEM Product) not GT240's, SLi'd 8800/9800GT's effectively.

^Yup, you cant SLI GT240s either.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 11, 2010 7:02:59 PM

I see.

Regardless, SLI 9800GTs is literally half the performance of an HD5850 (assuming perfect scaling, and that 2x 9800GTX/HD4850 surpasses HD5850 performance by a small margin).
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August 12, 2010 2:52:29 AM

did some looking and my psu is 875w. Not sure if that is good or not to be honest.
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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2010 2:59:19 AM

Harm said:
did some looking and my psu is 875w. Not sure if that is good or not to be honest.

Alienware PSUs are actually decent, it delivers its rated power at the least.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
August 12, 2010 2:59:25 AM

shadow187 said:
I see.

Regardless, SLI 9800GTs is literally half the performance of an HD5850 (assuming perfect scaling, and that 2x 9800GTX/HD4850 surpasses HD5850 performance by a small margin).

Oh really? Where do you get your info?

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