World of Warcraft requirements help

By tomma · 6 replies
Dec 26, 2010
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  1. hi i am not good with any sort of computer talk the only specs i do no is that ram is memory so i am a noob : (
    i am looking at buying a new but cheap desktop computer to play wow on as my laptop is now old and crap lol but as i have no clue on computer lingo i dont no if the one i have chosen is good for the job. i would be extremely grateful if i could get someones opinoin on this thanks in advance tomma

    Processor Intel® Core™ i3-540 Processor
    - 3.06 GHz
    - 2.5 GT/s DMI
    - 4 MB Smart Cache
    Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    RAM 3GB DDR3
    Graphics card Integrated Intel HD Graphics
    Screen type None
    Hard drive 500 GB
    Optical disk drive DVD-RW
    Memory card reader Yes

    price £350 from currys
    al advice welcome
  2. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    Your graphics card will not be enough, other than that it looks good
    Since it's an integrated graphics card you should be able to easily put an add-in card there if you want to go that way, these articles shows some performance numbers in WoW for different graphics cards;,2793.html,8...-9-und-DirectX-11/Rollenspiel-Adventure/Test/

    My personal preference would be to go with a ATI 6950, and then try to mod it to a 6970 ;)
  3. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    I Agree with Hansson, All you really need is a Graphics Card upgrade. The one he suggested could be a little pricey, But a great choice.

    What type of budget do you have? That way we can decide a suitable upgrade for you.
  4. tomma

    tomma TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i want to be able to get myelf a new desktop for £400 max i have more money but thats realy the amount i feel comftable spending on a desktop just to play wow on. i want to thank you both for you comments and help it has helped alot : ) but i searched for that graphics card and DAMM it is very pricey lol i have mailed a few computer shops in my local area in runcorn showing the specs of what i put up in this post with a ? for the graphics card and asking how much it would cost for them to build it for me and said maybe a graphics card like KFA2 NVIDIA GeFORCE 9500GT none have got back in touch as of yet but hopefuly they will soon.
    in your opinoin do you think this graphics card will do the job and have no lag?
  5. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    Hi, I would not go with a card without DirectX 11 support for WoW
    Because if you get a DX11 card you can enable the "experimental" DX11 mode in WoW, as explained in those articles I linked above, and the performance improvement is quite big...

    You can check the specs in my profile here at Techspot, my 8800GTS is quite a bit faster than that card you are thinking of buying but gets no where near enough good framerates when there are many characters or players on the screen at once.
    That is with all settings at "Ultra" and 1600x1200 in resolution with 2xMSAA
    Of course if you dial down the graphical detail you can play WoW with very low end hardware, but the decrease in graphical detail is very drastic, it's well worth it for me atleast to play with everything on "Ultra"
    Especially the water quality on Ultra makes a tremendous difference now with the graphical update in Cataclysm

    With this in mind the card I would recommend you is the Geforce GTX 460
    There are several models with different amounts of memory but even the most low end model should give you very good performance in WoW compared to a card which does not support DirectX 11
    If you are really strapped for cash the Geforce GTX 450 would be the lowest end model, but it's quite a big step down from the 460...

    To use the DirectX11 mode do this (Note you should only do this if you have a DX11 card, wont work with DX9 or DX10 cards, just decreases performance on them and all in-game water will disappear too)
    Open your file (located in ...\World of Warcraft\WTF\) and add the line;
    SET gxApi "d3d11"
  6. tomma

    tomma TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok spot on advice thanks. i am going to have to just wait until one of the computer shops i emailed get back in touch with me to see how much they would charge for this particular build then i can see how much i can spend on a graphics card because it might be cheaper with them building it so i have heard anywayz lol
    but what ever graphics card i get i willmake sure it has directx
  7. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

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