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Upgrading from GTS450

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
September 14, 2012 1:05:14 PM

What is the absolute cheapest card I can upgrade to?

My current specs are:
i5 750 2.67ghz
nvidia GTS 450
Antec 650w power supply
4gb RAM

I'm browsing online to upgrade RAM also to either 6gb or 8gb depends what kinda prices I can find.

All I really want out of the card is to be able to play WoW at Ultra when the expansion comes out. I use to be able to a year or 2 ago, but with all the updates and patches content, I can only get around 30fps on Ultra now. So yea I CAN play at Ultra but I'd like to be able to do so at 60fps. I get 60fps on 2 settings below Ultra now, forget what that is, maybe "good". I don't need the BEST card, this is the only game I play.

Not sure if it matters but I play on a 1920x1080 screen res.

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a c 141 U Graphics card
September 14, 2012 2:28:30 PM

so you want to double your current frame rates. maybe you can look for a card that is twice as fast GTS450
a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2012 2:33:47 PM

Buy a GTX 660.They came out a couple of days ago and perform really nicely at world of warcraft.
You should be able to play it at Ultra with 4 AA with 60 FPS.

If even that upgrade doesnt get you 60 FPS then you need to overclock your CPU.
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September 14, 2012 9:39:20 PM

Actually I guess I'm not as bad off as I thought, I'm getting 50fps on Ultra with everything maxed. Is it bad that I want to have 60? My fps does go down in raids and stuff, so I would like to improve that. I know that WoW is more CPU and RAM intensive than GPU. So is it possible I would see an increase if I upgraded that instead?

If I do need a GPU update, what about the GTX 470? I can get a pretty good deal on a used one right now. I really don't need a high end card, that would be a huge waste for me.
a c 290 U Graphics card
a b Ý World of Warcraft
September 14, 2012 9:59:23 PM

You should overclock your CPU and you should see an improvement. In cities, before I overclocked my PC, I wouldn't get higher than 40 fps. After I increased clock speed, I gained over 10 fps, to 50+ :) .
September 14, 2012 10:55:59 PM

I was looking into that and many have advised against it because of my board. I don't want to break my system lol :) 

Edit: Turns out the GPU had a driver update yesterday, and a big part of the update was for the WoW expansion, which is why I'm even trying to get my PC in tip top shape :D  We'll see how she performs after the install..
a c 290 U Graphics card
a b Ý World of Warcraft
September 15, 2012 6:34:44 PM

Make sure to report your results back! :p .