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Which system will run World of Warcraft better?

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February 4, 2011 12:39:46 PM

System 1:

AMD Sempron Dual Core 2200 2GHz
2GB RAM
Onboard Geforce 7025 (PassMark score of 53)

System 2:

Pentium 4 2.8GHz
1GB RAM
Radeon 9700 TX 128MB AGP (PassMark score of 226)

Ok I just ordered the Radeon 9700 TX for the old Pentium 4 system I am putting together but I feel the Pentium 4 system with the components listed will probably play WoW better right? WoW isn't multithreaded right? So I assume the P4 will be better and the video card is way better. The only bad thing really is the RAM but the board can handle a max of 4GB so I will probably do that (in dual channel with XP so I know all the RAM won't be shown).

Am I right? Will system two play WoW better?

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February 4, 2011 1:18:33 PM

If the Sempron has a PCIe slot you want to spend $50 on a PCIe video card like a Radeon 4650. It will be 5 times faster than the P4 with a old 9700. You will be fine running on the 2 gig in the AMD system, now not only did you buy a way old 9700 which you can't move to a new system, you also need to get more RAM.

Hate to say it, but you should have checked here before ordering your card. Unless the AMD system has no video card slots in which case P4 with faster video card will run WoW better.
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February 4, 2011 1:39:16 PM

The AMD system is my wife's which I would play WoW on with the onboard Geforce 7025 at low settings. I was giving this old P4 system without a video card so for $22 got a new Radeon 9700TX AGP. I was just wondering how the P4 system would play WoW.
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February 4, 2011 2:05:51 PM

GameGuru40 said:
The AMD system is my wife's which I would play WoW on with the onboard Geforce 7025 at low settings. I was giving this old P4 system without a video card so for $22 got a new Radeon 9700TX AGP. I was just wondering how the P4 system would play WoW.


From the post it sounded like you wanted to know which of the 2 systems you want to use to play WoW on. You'd need to use less than Medium settings with the P4 system, 9700 was a good card for the time, but that time was quite a long ways back, and with only 128MB RAM, you will have issues with textures. You would be better off spending $50 and upgrading the AMD system, you'd be able to play on Med-High settings. If you up the settings past Low, expect to hit 10 fps often in crowded settings (cities, dungeons).
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February 4, 2011 2:43:57 PM

RAM RAM RAM you need more of it but it really will not make much if any difference to WOW the system is just too old but hey its fun messing with old systems you make me want to dig out my Socket 478 rig from years ago.
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February 4, 2011 2:56:56 PM

I know that WOW in recent years has been tweaked to utilise multi core processors better so I agree with "hang-the-9" that if you can put a 4650 into this system that you would be better off all round.

What OS are you using? If its vista then you are going to notice a big improvement with more RAM, but if its XP or Win 7 then the improvement wont be as pronounced.

I have another system at work which is an Optiplex 745 and I stuck a 4650 into it, coupled with a Intel 6600 core 2 duo and 4GB of 800MHZ ram. This set-up allows me to play WOW on "good settings" not "medium" on a 24inch screen at 1900 x 1200.

Just lower the AA settings in the catalyst control centre and turn down shadows and turn off sun-shafts in WOW.

All in it very rarely drops below 30FPS, but in raids when the action heats up it does dip below this if only for a moment.

I hope this helps
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February 4, 2011 3:08:08 PM

I get between 30 and 40 fps on the first system. If I increased the RAM on the second system wouldn't it play WoW better since the Radeon 9700 is better than an integrated 7025?
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February 4, 2011 3:16:21 PM

GameGuru40 said:
I get between 30 and 40 fps on the first system. If I increased the RAM on the second system wouldn't it play WoW better since the Radeon 9700 is better than an integrated 7025?


On Low, you may get higher than this, but you will be limted by the CPU and RAM also. 30-40 is very playable though even if you get the same results, especially if you get 30 in all areas.
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February 28, 2011 12:00:11 AM

Ok I spent $65 at Geeks.com to upgrade the computer so here are the complete specs:

Pentium 4 2.6GHz (thought is was 2.8GHz but it wasn't)
MSI 865PE Neo 2
2GB Samsung PC2700 in dual channel mode
Hitachi CinemaStar 320GB 7200RPM IDE
ATI Radeon 9700 TX 128MB
MSI 22x DVD+/-RW
Onboard Sound

At 1024x768 with medium settings was getting 40+ FPS so I was very happy! Way better than everything at low! Not bad for a system costing me right around $100!

But a new wrinkle to the story. I got the Linux bug and formatted the hard drive and installed Ubuntu 10.10! I installed WINE and am currently installing World of Warcraft so we will see what kind of FPS I get now.

Ubuntu rocks by the way!
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