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Trying to Run WoW on Game's Highest Settings

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January 8, 2013 10:33:17 PM

Hello everyone. This is my first post on here. I want to play World of Warcraft with the highest video settings available on the game. I want no frame rate lag even if I'm in a crowded city or in a huge raid during a boss fight. My budget is low, but I'm willing to pay whatever it takes to have a smooth game.
I would appreciate any advice :]

Here is what I'm working with now:


OS: Windows 7 32 bit.
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1045T Processor (6 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS. Approx.Total Memory: 1502 MB.
Motherboard: Asus M5A97

Thank you!

I also apologize if this has been posted in the wrong place.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 8, 2013 10:46:59 PM

What resolution are you playing at?
January 8, 2013 10:49:46 PM

1280x1024. Also in windowed mode.
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January 8, 2013 10:56:19 PM

cball1311 said:
What resolution are you playing at?

1280x1024. Also in windowed mode.
January 8, 2013 10:57:12 PM

You should be able to play at relatively high settings if you run DX9. . . But you probably would want to upgrade everything =/ all are kind of old components so upgrading any would do well. I would say Double your ram and maybe step into a new video card. Like a 560Ti or even GTX 460. You could get awesome frames for a $200 investment.
January 8, 2013 11:03:41 PM

envymert said:
You should be able to play at relatively high settings if you run DX9. . . But you probably would want to upgrade everything =/ all are kind of old components so upgrading any would do well. I would say Double your ram and maybe step into a new video card. Like a 560Ti or even GTX 460. You could get awesome frames for a $200 investment.


Thanks for the help! So dx9 is direct x 9 right? I'm currently using direct x 6.0 lol.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 8, 2013 11:06:50 PM

If you want to go real cheap. You could get by with a 7770 for great, stable FPS in that resolution

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011

Or

Go a bit higher

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150642

and as envymert said, I would get another 4GB of RAM. Here are some benchmarks from TechPowerUp with cards in this price range.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7770_Vapor-X/23.html
January 8, 2013 11:08:45 PM

dansofe0r said:
Thanks for the help! So dx9 is direct x 9 right? I'm currently using direct x 6.0 lol.
Yup DX = Direct X , your vid card might not be able to handle DX 9 then but I am pretty sure the 8800 series can. If you want max settings you will need more of everything. I run an I5 at 4.8gigs, 16MB ram, and SLI'd 680's and with all my add ons sometimes raids will lag a little =/

yeah at that res the cards I mentioned might be overkill.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 8, 2013 11:16:33 PM

How in the world are you using Directx 6.0. This wasn't even implemented on the PC. The version that was implemented in Windows was either 5.2 (Win 98) or 6.1a (Win 98 SE). I think that there is some confusion. I am pretty sure you are using DX9.0c.

If you are using Vista or 7, in the search bar, on the start menu, type dxdiag and hit enter. On the opening page, it should tell you what version of DirectX you are using (very bottom).
January 8, 2013 11:19:00 PM

cball1311 said:
How in the world are you using Directx 6.0. This wasn't even implemented on the PC. The version that was implemented in Windows was either 5.2 (Win 98) or 6.1a (Win 98 SE). I think that there is some confusion. I am pretty sure you are using DX9.0c.

If you are using Vista or 7, in the search bar, on the start menu, type dxdiag and hit enter. On the opening page, it should tell you what version of DirectX you are using (very bottom).



DX11 sorry lol.
January 8, 2013 11:19:45 PM

Thanks for all of the help though. I'm checking out newegg right now.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 8, 2013 11:20:58 PM

Yeah, that's more like it :lol:  . Either one of those suggested cards should do you fine.
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