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Cheapest card that can play WoW on Max settings (1920x1080)

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January 19, 2012 12:17:51 PM
a c 84 U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 12:25:47 PM

ati radeon hd 6770 or hd 6850 will be best and cheaper and can handle wow easily on 1080p.:) 
a c 126 U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 12:26:22 PM

My friend plays it at max settings @ 1080P with a GTX275, so something like a HD6870 or a GTX560 Ti
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January 19, 2012 12:37:34 PM

460gtx 1gb model.
January 19, 2012 12:43:09 PM

I think ill go with a HD6850 which costs around £115 in the UK
a c 84 U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 12:48:04 PM

hd 6850 will be a good choice Get immersed with AMD Eyefinity technology.:) 
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a c 84 U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 12:50:19 PM

just see that you have an good psu with 6pin pcie connector before you buy.:) 
January 19, 2012 12:53:00 PM

It would have to be a 6850 as the 6770 is just a re-badged 5770. Look at this benchmark as the 5770 cant get 60fps.


On the Nvidia side you will need the 460 GTX.


This is the best possible FPS with a very powerful CPU. Given your CPU most likely isn't as powerful you many need to go a bit high on the GPU. I would suggest passing over the 450 and 6770 as they will cause your system to be below 30fps. Only with an i5 2500k overlocked would you get this performance level with these cards.
January 19, 2012 12:58:43 PM

Im able to max it out with an overclocked 4670..
a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 1:15:53 PM

it's easy enough to max wow with a mid range GPU, so long as you have a good CPU, if you're doing 25 man raiding your CPU will cause bottlenecks quickly, especially if you're running recount :) 
January 20, 2012 9:50:32 AM

i've gone with a 6850 with an I3 -2120 and a 650Watt cosair psu? Good Enough?
a c 84 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 10:40:11 AM

the psu and gpu are ok but if u wanna buy an i3 2120 its dual which performs good in games but i will say you that dont buy an i3 2120 instead of it go for an quad core amd phenom ii x4 965be or 970 be at the same price with two more cores and u can overclock the black edition chips and the i3 cannot do that because the black edition multiplier is fully unlock so that u can do overclocking easily till 3.8 to 4.0ghz.:) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 84 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 10:44:21 AM

^ before buy i will tell you one thing that for gaming i3 2120 is better and for multi threading and apps the phenom ii x4 970 be is better.:) 
January 20, 2012 11:16:35 AM

Yea, I think the i3 is the better choice for me. I will only be using the computer for average daily computer jobs. Checking the net, playing games casually not hardcore ***. Plus my full build comes in at £525 which is quite cheap... Debating wheather to discount the HDD and use an older sata HD :) 
a c 84 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 11:25:02 AM

kilerp00n10 said:
Yea, I think the i3 is the better choice for me. I will only be using the computer for average daily computer jobs. Checking the net, playing games casually not hardcore ***. Plus my full build comes in at £525 which is quite cheap... Debating wheather to discount the HDD and use an older sata HD :) 



then go for an i3 its also good you can play games on it better then phenom but only the fact is that its dual core and it cant overclock as the phenom does.:) {good luck}
January 20, 2012 3:25:30 PM

kilerp00n10 said:
Yea, I think the i3 is the better choice for me. I will only be using the computer for average daily computer jobs. Checking the net, playing games casually not hardcore ***. Plus my full build comes in at £525 which is quite cheap... Debating wheather to discount the HDD and use an older sata HD :) 

If your also looking at CPU's I would suggest something more in the i5 line like the i5 2400. While world of warcraft doesn't use more than 2 cores its important to offload all that is possible to a 3rd or 4th core. Look at this benchmark and note the difference between an i3's dual core and an i5's gain.

If the GHz matter much the i7 2600 would win but its clearly about the 2 extra cores. This said you can raise the bclk on many motherboards to get the i5 2400 a good overclock.

Also I would suggest quad as you may want to play battlefield 3 or some new games which recommends more than a dual core.
a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 4:13:43 PM

2500k + Coolermaster 212 (Plus or Evo) + 6870 ;) 
January 24, 2012 6:38:12 AM

diec4st said:
2500k + Coolermaster 212 (Plus or Evo) + 6870 ;) 


Don't have the Money for that
September 26, 2012 12:19:29 AM

elbert said:
It would have to be a 6850 as the 6770 is just a re-badged 5770. Look at this benchmark as the 5770 cant get 60fps.
http://media.bestofmicro.com/1/2/269606/original/AMD%20Ultra%20Graphics%201920.png

On the Nvidia side you will need the 460 GTX.
http://media.bestofmicro.com/2/4/269644/original/Nvidia%20Ultra%20Graphics%201920.png

This is the best possible FPS with a very powerful CPU. Given your CPU most likely isn't as powerful you many need to go a bit high on the GPU. I would suggest passing over the 450 and 6770 as they will cause your system to be below 30fps. Only with an i5 2500k overlocked would you get this performance level with these cards.


Hi Elbert,

I found this post extremely helpful and was wondering if you would consider posting a similar graph for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria as I am looking to buy a graphics card for my computer, but I have absolutely no clue as to what I am doing, or where to start to be honest.

Thanks, Louis.
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