I am getting a new computer for christmas and i cant seem to get a solid answer for my question. it is a Dell Inspiron Desktop with an AMD Athlon ll x2 processor/ 4 GB mem / 3.0 Ghz/ 500 GB HD and an ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics card. Will this be able to run wow decently? Im working with a HP pavillion 1.6 Ghz / 760 Mb ram/ Intel (r) extreme graphics card right now. I was just wondering if i would see a little improvement in performance in my new purchase. Thanks
Improvement Yes you would see an improvement. Is it the best computer for Wow by far no. The Radeon HD 4200 is about 2-4X faster (Estimate considering I don't know the exact model you are using) than the Extreme graphics Integrated chip that you had. But mind you that isn't saying much given how slow Intel's extreme graphics chip was. So yes you would see an improvement.
actually, im sorry but i just looked up the card again and it says Intel (r) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV graphics controller. im guessing that is even slower then the Intel Extreme i mentioned above. Hopefully, so i will see even better results
Yes you will see an improvement. But my advice is if you want a cheap computer for WoW, I would say spend the money you are spending on the Dell on a cheap a6-3650 APU build, which would cost about 350 for everything and work better than the 4200. And you would have a quad core instead of a dual core. If you arent into building one yourself, they sell prebuilt computers with the a6-3650 online. Just my opinion.
Haha, you will see a huge improvement, but I wouldn't say it will play 'decently'. However, the problem can be easily solved with a quick graphics card upgrade (as yo_yo2400 has mentioned). However, coming from the computer you are using now, I'm sure you'll love the power and speed. Are you playing WoW on your old/current computer right now? O_o
WOW prefers Intel and Nvidia hardware so a budget build designed for it would be a Pentium GXX seies and an Nvidia 450 for a bit more an i3 2100 and a GTX 460 or with more funds an i5 2500K and a 560Ti or better.
dont mind if its a huge improvement, i just couldnt go into dal because of lag or if i did it would take about 1 or 2 minutes for the npcs to load. same with the 25 man raids and isle of conquest. all other territory wasnt that bad and was playable on the lowest settings. was just wondering if maybe i could actually walk through org without it taking 2 minutes to go from the front to the AH lol and maybe just maybe put my view distance up 1 notch so it doesnt look like im playing in a fog storm all the time . and thanks for all the replys any more help on this question would be great. i'll keep these notes just incase i can invest in a gaming computer later on
and phyco - im still playing on this old computer until i get the new one next month.
vitor- like i said dont mind a huge improvement just yet and my budget is rather low and was the best deal i could find. im sure theres other deals out there but this one is a store pickup right down the road and easy access
Cata has up'ed the playig field once again theres even a DX11 mode.
I actually play Wow on systems just like the OP is talking about. My laptop has a faster processor but still uses the GMA4500 video and wow is definitely palyable on low settings. Like wise, the pc I have for my grandson is a Compaq with an AthlonII x2 240 with integrated 4200 series GPU and it can play wow at a higher detail level but setting it down to low still helps framerates. You will still have graphics loading delays when you enter populated areas but it should be better with the 4gb of ram.
BTW - if you assign 1gb of ram to the integrated 4200 then you will only have 3 to game with. If you , down the road, want to add a dedicated GPU then you will most likely need to upgrade the Power Supply as the Dell comes with something like a 230w which is not enough to power even a medium power GPU. I have since put in a Radeon 5670 in my grandsons pc so he could play some games that would not run on the 4200. At the time the 5670 was the highest card I could add without changing the PSU but now there is a 6670 should you come into more funds down the road. He has a 250W psu in the compaq.