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February 5, 2011 7:10:44 AM

Hi guys,

I put together a new build a couple of years ago and have recently returned to playing WoW. I figured, with it being such an old game and all, I should be able to crank up the settings and really enjoy it.

However, I am finding that when I throw the settings up to max on 1920x1080 (My preferred resolution if poss) I am getting frame rates of around 15fps, even when not around other players.

Any Advice? Specs below

Seagate ST3250410AS 250GB
Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 HyperX Memory CL5
MSI P45 Neo-F Socket 775
Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E
Corsair 650W TX Series PSU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Socket 775 (3.0GHz) 1333FSB 6MB L2 Cache
Sony AD-7200S 20X DVD±RW

Thanks for your time,

Rich Allan

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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 5, 2011 7:29:51 AM

The 4850 really is only very capable at any resolution below 1680x1080. Your tech is also pretty old so I'm not surprised its showing age. Most MMORPGs need a quad, bbut the E8400 is defiantly a good enough chip. The main thing is mostly your GPU. Adding another 4850 would help if you have another PCI Express 16x 2.0 slot available. That or buying something like the 6950 1GB for 250$ would also help. Otherwise you could keep this as a backup and just start a new build all together.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 5, 2011 7:51:39 AM

Throw a 5770 in there for now (my res is 1680/1080,great frames on Cataclysm) rather than crossfiring or getting a 6950 and plan that new triple/quad build :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 5, 2011 8:54:45 AM

512MBs of ram on an old video card at 1080 isn't going to cut it. 1GB 5770 at least, the 6850 or 6870 would be better.
February 5, 2011 11:35:37 AM

His board does not support crossfire so a HD 6850 would be a nice upgrade and he can also swap it out when he builds a new PC
February 6, 2011 8:48:48 AM

Hi guys,

Thanks for the info so far, do you think you could give me some advice on these then?

I'm unlikely to be making a new build in the near future, but wouldn't mind doing the occasional small upgrade every year or so (graphics card now, motherboard & CPU next year etc.)

I have two options I'm thinking about, which would you recommend?

XFX HD 6850 Medal Of Honor 1GB GDDR5 DUAL DVI HDMI DP Out PCI-E Graphics Card 148.04
(http://www.ebuyer.com/product/248886)

Sapphire HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort HDCP PCI-E Graphics Card 101.41
(http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189741)


Obviously, if I can afford the expensive one it is the better option but I am wondering if the change in model justifies paying £50 more? (If it affects it, I don't have a copy of Medal of Honour ;P)

Thanks for your time,

Rich Allan
a b B Homebuilt system
February 6, 2011 9:18:06 AM

If you're at 1080 you really should have the 6870. The 6850 will do in a pinch, but you'll have to turn stuff down/off for the newer stressful games. Its worth the 50 pounds in your case.
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