Sep 20th 2010 12:32PM The only problem with that, is Cataclysm's upgrade is massive. It now requires much better hardware to get max fps. The rig you built, won't run max well at all - believe me, I'm in Beta right now, running Vista Bus x64 (with all junk off), Q6600@3.0, 9800GTX+, and 4 gig ram, and I get 20fps on max - this is all on DX11, where I get better fps compared to the DX9 mode.
People wanted better graphics. They have it, but theres also a price.
Apr 1st 2010 9:30AM Theres a few addons which can help you make the choice as to whether to cut a gem, or just put it on AH uncut.
Lil Sparky's workshop
Informant (Part of Auctioneer)
Lil Sparky's workshop uses Auctioneer/Auctionator scan data, and shows you the cost of the mats for the item, and the amount its selling for on AH.
Informant tells you how much each stack of ore/herb is worth if you prospect/mill it. If you compare it to the cost of the stack on its own, its easy to figure out which is a better choice. ie. Informant tells you the average worth of a stack of Titanium ore is 220g if prospected. Titanium ore stacks are 250g on AH. Selling on AH is a better choice.
Mar 26th 2010 12:14PM Fixes I've found so far:
* The issue where PowerPC G4/G5 users were getting disconnected after login has been fixed.
* The issue where users with a MacBook Pro GeForce 8600M and 10.4.11 crashed after entering the world has been fixed.
* The issue where a fixed function video card (or anything forced to a fixed function) will see extra shiny, metallic, reflective surfaces on a few objects has been fixed.
Sep 30th 2009 10:43AM Definitely build yourself - its cheaper, and you tend to learn a LOT about your machine. Makes it easier to troubleshoot issues later on down the road.
You'll want a tri/quad/i7 as close to 3.0ghz as possible, 4gig ram, and a good graphics card - nvidia 9800gtx / ati 4850 - or better if you want to run Ultra Settings.
But if you DO decide to buy, do NOT buy the Dell XPS 630i machine. Its unstable in wow, and Dell can't be bothered to find the cause of the problem with the machine. We know its a hardware issue (we're suspecting a bad mobo), but can't be sure.
Sep 5th 2009 1:27AM Robin, seriously, if you're going to create a post, do your homework first & get it right so you don't post false info like you did here.
The "Personal Information" thing, ISNT wow scanning for keyloggers, etc. Its checking your hardware so Blizzard can tell whether or not to upgrade its graphics engine further for those with decent computers.
WARDEN is what scans your computer for specific keyloggers, viruses, bots, etc and it runs as soon as you open wow. When it comes to keyloggers, it scans for them so that the game engine can give you a headsup that your system is infected, and points you to a blizzard support page to clean your computer of the specific keylogger you're infected with. YES it will also alert blizzard so they can temporarily disable your account so it doesn't get stolen from you.
This same program WARDEN also picks up bots, and sends that info to Blizzard so that there can be an investigation, and subsequent mass-ban - like today's mass ban of Gatherbuddy users.
Sep 2nd 2009 1:59PM The extended maintenance yesterday was to prep the hardware, install the hardware, hook things up, and install needed programs onto the new hardware.
Today's downtime was to integrate the new hardware with the old & fix settings and do some fine-tuning.
The other 2 datacentres which have been completed also had this same 2nd day of maintenance.
Aug 4th 2009 2:15PM Those select battlegroups are undergoing hardware upgrades. They're test subjects to possibly open up more instances, without the performance degradation which we saw when Ulduar released. This is what EU started a few weeks back..
All realms are now under extended maintenance.
Jul 13th 2009 1:38PM I play a holy priest and what pissed me off the most, was having to roll against resto druids, balance druids, spriests, mages & warlocks for my BiS gear.
Blizzard needs to fix the gear.. The new gear system works, but not well.
Jun 22nd 2009 5:27PM They really wrap those things up well.
I had hell with FedEx delivering mine to a wrong address for over a week (almost 2 weeks), and when I got mine, the box was banged up, but the Figureprint itself was in perfect condition due to the wads & WADS of bubblewrap.
I did my priest in T6, with Priest-On-A-Stick (this was back in Sept/Oct).
All in all, they're awesome.. :)
May 26th 2009 3:06PM 1. Vista's fine.
2. The netbook only ships with XP & Linux.