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7-20-2009 @ 9:38AM
I play WoW on a Geforce 9600GT. It's a "lower midrange" video card that cost me €130 one and a half years ago when I bought it, and now costs maybe €70. My CPU is a 3 years old first-generation Core 2 Duo which I bought for €200, overclocked to 3 GHz (which does not even require extra cooling). I have 4 GB RAM for which I paid €50.I play at 1680x1050 with 4x multisampling and all details maximum (except for shadows, which is at half, and texture filtering, which is at 8x). I get smooth framerates of 30+ FPS even in Dalaran.You don't have to spend 3500 bucks on a high-end gaming system for WoW. Seriously. 900-1000 is easily enough, in a pinch you can make do with a lot less.
7-20-2009 @ 10:03AM
I agree, upgrading a few items in your computer will make all the difference in the world. I have a computer that is 4 years old (pre-dual-core), recently upgraded my RAM from 1 GB to 4GB and my graphics card to the GeForce 9500GT, and now I get around 40-45 fps in Dalaran. My video settings are 4x multi-sampling and with all other settings at medium-to-good (i.e. I like shadows, so I increased that, but I decreased the weather setting, and made some other modifications...)Total cost (with shipping and taxes): $150
7-20-2009 @ 10:23AM
I have 9500 GT too and 2 GB of RAM and a terrible FPS in crowded places. What CPU do you have? I still have pre-dual core CPU.
7-20-2009 @ 12:37PM
He may play at a lower rez than you. Thus the better framerates.
7-22-2009 @ 6:23PM
Not a question of NEED more a question of WANTI want that top end Alienware X Series Desktop.
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