I will be getting a computer for my birthday next week, and have been comparing them at walmart.com. They have a $528 desktop that I will most likely end up getting, but I really want to make sure that it is what I want. All I will be doing on this computer is playing WOW and possibly the sims. I'll surf the web, facebook and watch some youtube videos, but thats basically it. I really would like to be able to play wow on max settings but I don't know a lot about which graphics cards are good so I'm looking for some help. My internet connection is 10mbs so I'm good there but I want to get away from the lag I'm experiencing on my laptop.
what resolution is the monitor that you will be using to play on?
if 1920 x 1080 either of those systems will struggle a bit with wow on max settings(at this resolution you will have times in major areas and raids where your fps will dip to the 10-15 area). if your resolution is less than that then either one will probably give you decent frame rates at near max settings (frame rate will be north of 30 fps in populated areas and in raids)
I will more than likely be playing on a 1920x1080 because I am purchasing that too. I found a 24" monitor for $149 so with that good of a deal I don't want to pass it up. With this I may struggle though you think on ultra settings?
You should be able to build this one for around $500, and it will run Mass Effect, StarCraft II, Grand Theft Auto IV, Unreal Tournament III, Bad Company 2, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and others smooth, smooth smooth!