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What to upgrade to get better FPS in WOW

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May 15, 2011 12:39:38 PM

I was going to upgrade my graphics card so I could play wow at maxed out setting then I noticed my processor was only running 1.8 ghz. Is it my processor that is caseing my computer to have bad FPS in game?

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System Information
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Machine name: OLB-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.110408-1633)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: DX4200-09
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9100e Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~1.8GHz
Memory: 4608MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3072MB RAM
Page File: 2463MB used, 3676MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode


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Display Devices
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Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4850
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x9442)

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May 15, 2011 2:33:00 PM

Your cpu and gpu are pretty outdated (the cpu more so). Here are the heirarchy charts for both gpu's and cpu's.

CPU http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-intel-core-i7-amd-phenom-ii,2926-5.html

GPU http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-game-performance-radeon-hd-6670,2935-7.html

Notice your cpu is near the bottom of hardware they have listed. Your gpu isn't horrible by any means, but there are a lot of much more powerful cards out there.

Here is a link to the WoW Cataclysm performance guide done by Toms Hardware. It will give you an idea of what performance you will get at various resolutions, with a look at how CPU and GPU affect things:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-cataclysm-directx-11-performance,2793.html

This provides a good bit of food for thought and is probably a good hour of reading, but if you're considering spending at least several hundred dollars to get better performance mostly in WoW, then it's worth the time! Also, go NVidia if WoW is what you play the most.
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