I`ve been playing World of Warcraft on my crappy laptop for far too long so I decided to upgrade my desktop and use it instead.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I`ll be buying it in the middle of October posibly
BUDGET RANGE: around 250-270$ before rebates
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I`ll mostly play World of Warcraft when the new Cataclysm hits the stores (I want to be able to play with Ultra settings @1920x1080 in 25 man raids) but I also look forward to games like DiRT3, the new CoD and so on (but it will be okay if the setting in these games are a bit lower than ultra)
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Currently it has a nVidia 7600 GS I believe. It was used for beta testing i.e. running multiple virtual machines. The power supply is 400W but I was thinking to upgrade it.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I have a Core2Quad Q6600 running at stock speeds, an Asus P5B mainboard with 4x2GB DDR2 RAM
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I currently know just this one: http://www.dustinhome.dk/ . I prefer a Danish site or one that delivers to Denmark.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Not really but I slightly prefer nVidia since most of the games I play are made for them.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
Well if you need more info feel free to ask and I`m sorry if my post seems lame but it`s the first time I`m using the forum for this kind of things.
No matter how powerful the system, it all depends on the connection to the server and is more towards CPU based, as i have i7 930 oc, 2x GTX 470s in sli and me grand father has an Athlon X2 4200 and GTX 465.. i get 15-20 FPS more, nothing huge..
WoW uses two cores so you are basically playing the game with a dual core at 2.4 ghz. Get a decent aftermarket cooler like the CM 212+ and get to over 3.0 GHZ.
the shadows in WoW can even cripple the GTX460 at full settings. Keep them at medium settings. If you don't want to upgrade your PSU, look for the Nvidia GTS 450 or ATI 5770. Both will give you similar performance since Nvidia has a bit of an edge in WoW.
i would suggest if you go 460 to get the 1GB, WoW due to draw distances when flying will fill up the ram even on a 2 gig card. for raiding it won't matter ebtween the two but if you wanna run ultra with max draw distances the 1 gig will help alot