Hello, I am looking at getting higher framerates while gaming (mostly WoW). I run the game on most low settings at a resolution of 1920x1080. Having low graphical settings doesn't bother me, but the lag present in larger fights does bother me.
I know that the GPU is a big player in framerates but I am also aware that all computer components work together. My budget is around $300-$400 for the upgrades. I would also appreciate knowing if the upgrades suggested will have a noticeable or only slight a affect on my framerates.
Deemo's a little off there - he missed that you're playing WoW, mostly.
While he's right that a better GPU would help framerates, WoW is an EXTREMELY processor limited game. Getting a better GPU will help with max framerates, but not with the lag that's coming from drops.
In order to improve this, you can do two things:
1) Buy a good aftermarket heatsink and overclock the heck out of your processor
2) Upgrade to a faster chip that has more efficient architecture.
They did make the 955 in stock guise, a non Black Edition. It was a 95W processor and has no ability to overclock. I assumed the OP had the stock model and was unable to overclock.
But you are correct on WoW being processor limited. I figured the 955 was quick enough. Though not having played WoW before, I'm not sure how it would perform on the Phenom II X4 architecture, which I still consider quick.
I felt like adding the RAM and a new GPU would be the most logical, though a processor upgrade would be nice as well.
Ok thank you Deemo, figured the Gigabyte was the better card.
One last question: I am also looking at RAM and I don't notice a very large price difference ($20-$40) between some of the slowest Mhz ram and some of the highest. In that case I am looking to purchase: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
which is clocked at 2133mhz. Ive seen this brand as the cheapest before, I hope there arent any common problems with them?