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I recommend getting an i5 2400 and H61 motherboard, even if it means downgrading the GPU to a 550 Ti or 6850. WoW is pretty heavily CPU dependent and Sandy Bridge CPUs have way better per-core performance.

I think you mean H67, and that chipset is only for if you don't have a dedicated GPU installed, but since you are suggesting he get a dedicated gpu, he should get p67 or z68 (if he doesn't have an ssd).
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A bit laggy in Orgrimmar and raids. It's not your rig, its WoW.
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6 years of WoW experience here on multiple combinations of hardware.

I had a very very long post typed but I trashed it as I decided to go for simplicity.

You are at a lower res, which actually doesn't mean much for this particular game.

You're going to get great performance in Zones, 5/10 mans. I'm guessing in a 25 you'd average about 21-30 FPS. In a 5/10 man I would actually think you'd maintain 50+.

There are a few very important things to understand about WoW's hardware requirements.

1. When other players appear around you or you go to areas with people, this includes an instance, such as a 25man raid. WoW then becomes ABSURDLY cpu dependant. Mainly in cities/25's.

2. Enabling WoW's DX11 support on a DX11 card should give you an average performance increase of about 15-20 FPS, according to most benchmarks, as long as you're not using a DX11 card with an ancient processor etc.. I have first-hand experience with DX11's performance increase, it really is as great as it sounds. Blizzards goal was to increase performance, not graphics quality.

3. With any hardware from the past 4-5 years the most demanding setting of the game will be shadows, and this is extremely amplified with how many people you have around you.

Anyways, as I said above, you're going to get amazing performance compared to what you're used to. You can even get a 1080p display if you want..eventually. I would however go for more ram. And if you decide to go for that 4gb, make sure it's 2 sticks of 2 so you can dual channel it.
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I think you mean H67, and that chipset is only for if you don't have a dedicated GPU installed, but since you are suggesting he get a dedicated gpu, he should get p67 or z68 (if he doesn't have an ssd).
Sorry what? H61 is an updated version of H67, and the reason I suggest it is because it's cheap. There is no need for the features of P67 or Z68 in a basic gaming build. You most definitely can use a dedicated GPU on H61 and H67... why do you think they have a PCIE x16 slot?
Edited by Brod - 8/23/11 at 10:52pm
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WoW scales better on a sandybridge rather than on an AMD processor.

20-30 fps in cities in an mmo is an acceptable concession
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