IBuyPower computer for wow?

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.

Here is a link to the computer: http://www.walmart.com/ip/iBuypower-811121014896/15261867

There is also another computer that costs about $70 more but it is stretching our budget a bit but it has an Nvidia graphics card.

Here is a link to it: http://www.walmart.com/ip/iBuypower-811121014803/15374708?findingMethod=rr

Will the first computer play allvright? At what settings and what kind of Fps do you think I would experience? Is the second computer really better?

I really appreciate the help!
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  1. 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)

    you should be aware that wow is definetly a bit nvidia friendly, however there is a tip on how to improve performance with ati cards as well. read this and make sure you do what it suggests if you go the ati route. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-cataclysm-directx-11-performance,2793-7.html
  2. 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?
  3. Here's a third option:

    Build your own, with better performance, for less monies!

    Asus M4A79XTD EVO motherboard ($80)
    AMD Athlon II X4 630 processor ($95)
    Kingston DDR3-1600 4GB (2x2GB) CL9 Memory Kit ($55)
    HIS Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB graphics card ($110)
    Hitachi Deskstar 1 TB SATA 7200rpm hard drive ($55)
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ($55)
    an operating system (Windows 7 Pro for $65)
    a case
    this, to be on the safe side while building it

    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! :)
  4. I'd go for a GTX 460 SE over the 5770 if you play at 1920x1080.
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