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5-17-2009 @ 5:17PM
I'm by no means an expert, but I have been working with computers for quite some time. Also, I'm a PC guy who builds his own computers (haven't bought a prefab box in over a decade), but I do have some passing familiarity with macs. Really, the answer to your question depends on the nature of the performance issues you're having. If it's a latency issue, the RAM will not help; no hardware upgrades will (with the possible exception of the Killer NIC... and probably not even that). If you're having frame stuttering issues, RAM *might* help. Do a little experiment; does it get worse when you run other programs (itunes, safari etc..)? If it gets worse, then the RAM will probably smooth things out. Conversely, if you're running these as well as WoW normally, then try shutting them off and seeing if things get better. If the above doesn't seem to have a noticeable effect on your performance issues, then your bottleneck is either the processor or the video card. I wouldn't bother trying to upgrade your processor; especially on a mac. Upgrading the video card however, might be possible depending on your setup. From what I've seen recently, 90% of the performance problems that people are having are due to running their display settings too high on sub-par video hardware. Video cards really are not that expensive (for instance, an ATi Radeon 4770 costs about as much as a RAM upgrade) and will provide an enormous boost in performance compared to onboard video. My bet is the video card is what's holding you back. (As a side rant, this is one of my continuing grudges against Apple; the stock video cards are usually 2 generations behind the competition). TL;DR - RAM? maybe, but the video card is a more likely culprit.
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