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Want a good WoW graphics card that will not break the bank.

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October 20, 2011 9:50:20 PM

Hello,
Can someone point me in the right direction, I am building a new system and want a graphics card to play WoW on that will make it awesome, but at the same time keep some money in my pocket.
October 20, 2011 10:09:48 PM

Full specs and resolution would help.
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October 21, 2011 12:19:54 AM

What res do you want to play at (1680x1050, 1080)? What PSU do you have (brand, wattage/12v rail/s)? What is your budget ($100 or less)? An ATi 6570, or a nVidia 220 can pretty much max out WoW.

6570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80 XFX HD-657X-ZHF2 Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 (free S.T.A.L.K.E.R)

220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75 GIGABYTE GV-N220OC-1GI GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR3
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October 21, 2011 1:25:56 AM

I would recommend the MSI HAWK GTX460, a great solid card, for me it has exceeded expectation, Will def play wow maxxed out on the highest of resolutions, but it will also give you some room in case you want to play crysis or any other fps.
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October 21, 2011 1:30:08 AM

Depends on your native and your budget. What price range are you willing to look at?
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October 21, 2011 2:02:54 AM

Yeah how much money are you willing to spend and what resolution are you using.
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October 21, 2011 2:14:42 AM

450usd card to play WOW
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October 21, 2011 9:52:03 AM

I play Wow with a gts 450 (linked below)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can prob get it cheaper but thats the exact version I have.

I play on one below ultra at about 80 fps in most areas.

It can run ultra, I just dont like it, looks a bit cluttered.
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October 21, 2011 11:34:00 AM

I don't really GET IT! Peeps pay $15/month to play that game and don't want to 'break the bank' on a video card to spend hours on something I find at best, amusing and at worst, a major time waster.
Just my humble opinion.
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October 21, 2011 2:04:15 PM

Killatackular said:
I would recommend the MSI HAWK GTX460, a great solid card, for me it has exceeded expectation, Will def play wow maxxed out on the highest of resolutions, but it will also give you some room in case you want to play crysis or any other fps.


Price to performance, you really can't beat a 1GB GTX460, the prices continue to drop, I've seen them on sale for as low as $139 locally. This is a solid recommendation.

I recently purchased an HD6950 and would also highly recommend it. 1GB versions are available for ~$240, usually with mail in rebates as well. If you can afford to go in the $250 range, you won't find another $250 card that performs better than the 6950. If you're trying to stay in the $150-$200 range, the GTX460 is still a solid performer. I also like the 6950 because it has good overclocking headroom. I bought an MSI and can easily overclock the GPU and VRAM up 10% without any voltage adjustments - runs great!

I also play WoW, so in refernce to that: I was recently using the GTX460 768MB version and was able to play WoW with good FPS on moderately high settings (slightly above mid-level settings), running 35-70 FPS in normally populated areas. With the 6950, I have everything on Ultra and 8xAA, 16xAF, I'm getting 35-85 FPS, but again, that's with all settings on Ultra with AA and AF maxed - both cards, I was running at 1920x1080.

WoW can also drag on your CPU in heavily populated areas, large raids (where there's lots of particle effects), etc. Hope this helps!

Edit: Just to note, I'm referring to average FPS, not peak. Don't let people fool you - yes, some lower end cards can handle WoW with very high settings, but the only times they get high FPS is when they're in a 5-man or standing in a corner. If you want the game to run smoothly all the time and still have high graphic settings, I stand by my recommendations. Just as a side note - my 6950 hits 140FPS+ in 5-mans and standing in corners, lol.
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October 21, 2011 2:19:13 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
I don't really GET IT! Peeps pay $15/month to play that game and don't want to 'break the bank' on a video card to spend hours on something I find at best, amusing and at worst, a major time waster.
Just my humble opinion.



$15 on a monthly basis is different to a big payout of maybe $200-$300. Also the value people put on things varies. You said yourself you dont particularly enjoy wow so of course you dont get it.
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a b U Graphics card
October 21, 2011 8:35:00 PM

The OP asked a question and split! Playing knock, knock and run on Toms...
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October 21, 2011 9:01:32 PM

Yeah, when there's no participation from an O.P., why bother?
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October 21, 2011 9:22:33 PM

my Friend Plays WoW on a ATI Radeon HD 5550 At 1280x720 with 40+ On high other than Shadows and water (On medium, Maybe low) This Ran Him about $60 Or so

I Used To Play WoW on a 5770 And it Ran Perfectly Fine on 1280x1024 Maxed (Low Resolution Compared to Most People) And This Cost Me $105 *Used Though, But it's XFX so I still get warranty

-Mithness
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January 29, 2012 2:19:39 PM

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January 29, 2012 2:19:41 PM

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