I just recently began playing World of Warcraft again after a year and a half absence, and I noticed that the graphics don't look so good anymore (not that they were ever that great, but still, not as good as before). I concluded that I'm probably in need of a new graphics card, as my computer is almost 3 years old now. However, I am not well versed in such matters and would greatly appreciate the advice of people who are.
I'm just trying to figure out, based on my computer's specs, what my options are, or if I need to upgrade some other things in order to get the results I'm looking for.
I would like to stay in the price range of about $200 if possible. I don't think I need anything too extravagant. I would mostly just like to play WoW to it's fullest graphical ability if that is possible for me. I want a good, solid upgrade that will give me a noticeable difference and last me a while.
I suspect that my power supply probably sucks. My old one went out when my computer was still under warranty, and this is what they replaced it with. Please let me know if I should get a better one, preferably $100 or less.
That is very tempting. The price is wonderful. I read through the reviews and most people seemed to be completely happy with it. Excuse me for my ignorance, but would I be able to run WoW on the highest settings with that? Aside from a new PSU, it should work fine on my system, right?
I would aim higher than the GTS 450 at your resolution. The GTX 460 would be a good choice, particularly the model Tamz linked which has very effective and quiet cooling. The PSU he linked is a bit pricey though. This one is actually a bit of overkill but it is a good deal with the rebate and promo code; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
oh common now,gts 450 will be fine,if you can just turn resolution down to 1680 x 1080 to run it at ultra,its a good mid range gamers card,surely better than 8800gt and gts 250.if you are looking at something amazing then surely gtx 460 but but but gts 450 will be still my choice at that low price point!
Why buy a card you intend use for a while that is already insufficient for your native resolution? The GTS 450 is a fine card for the price but that doesn't mean it is an appropriate recommendation at all times.
Your PSU has 360w on the +12v rail supposedly... it may work but even if it does I wouldn't be surprised if it dies before too long. It really isn't a good PSU and doesn't even have active PFC. If you do try it on that PSU I wouldn't overclock the card and the overclocking ability of the GTX 460(often 30%+) is one of its best features.
don't save money by getting cheaper power supply.... paying more for a better model is always a good practice if you're in the long run.... cooler master has some models which are cheap than competition but still a good psu... i would suggest getting a 750watts psu if you're intend to upgrade in the future...