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Hello everyone,

My friend is looking to buy a laptop to take on his trip to Jordan over the summer. It's also going to be used while on campus during the Fall, so it should be powerful enough to run Word, a browser, and maybe a music player. The only other requirement is that it should be able to play World of Warcraft (regardless of settings) at around 30 frames per second.

Would this laptop suffice?
Edited by iPoop - 5/14/11 at 2:20pm
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post #2 of 25
Cataclysm is pretty graphics intensive, you would be best suited finding a laptop with a dedicated graphics card and preferably a HDD with at least 7200 rpm or the loading screens will be bad. with that laptop, traffic in major cities would slow you down to 10 frames per second.
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Originally Posted by dutchgenius;13504709 
Cataclysm is pretty graphics intensive, you would be best suited finding a laptop with a dedicated graphics card and preferably a HDD with at least 7200 rpm or the loading screens will be bad. with that laptop, traffic in major cities would slow you down to 10 frames per second.

So you're saying it isn't feasible with a $400 budget?
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post #4 of 25
laptops have come down quite a bit in price lately, but you still arent going to find much for 400 dollars for gaming... unless you catch a super sale or buy refurbished/recertified

now 600 you could get something decent.
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post #5 of 25
You wont get a laptop that will run WoW at 30 fps everywhere for $400.
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Originally Posted by iPoop;13504264 
Hello everyone,

My friend is looking to buy a laptop to take on his trip to Jordan over the summer. It's also going to be used while on campus during the Fall, so it should be powerful enough to run Word, a browser, and maybe a music player. The only other requirement is that it should be able to play World of Warcraft (regardless of settings) at around 30 frames per second.

Would this laptop suffice?

That is probably about as good as you are going to get at that price range
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So Cataclysm added a lot of graphic intensive areas? Last time I saw a 4250 running WoW (Dec. 09), my friend's PC was running WoW at somewhere between 20-30 FPS on low/medium settings. I don't need 60+, just a "playable" game.
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post #8 of 25
According to this that integrated gpu can pull about 31 fps on low on average. That is BARELY playable and once you hit a high traffic area it'll be unplayable
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215057&cm_re=acer_laptop-_-34-215-057-_-Product

HD6310 has 80 stream processors, the HD4250 has 40 stream processors.

Edit: This is AMD Bobcat, an APU. The CPU is designed to be low power and won't compare to a big Intel dual core.

That said, I think the lower power draw (thinner, better battery) and powerful integrated GPU more than makes up for the CPU performance, especially as sop much is GPU accelerated these days.
Edited by mechtech - 5/14/11 at 4:20pm
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post #10 of 25
the issue is more than just graphics, wow utilizes CPU, GPU and HDD since over 25GB are stored on your PC. with laptop 5400 HDD and integrated graphics, home cities with flying mounts will be around 5-8 FPS
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