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Now I now this isn't really the most WoW-loving forum out there so I will go ahead and get these potential answers out of the way:

--3Dfx
--a calculator
--why would you want to play it in the first place?



My sig rig can handle WoW with two cores tied behind its back but something very strange; good, but strange happened. My girlfriend (about as far away from a gamer as you can get) said she wanted to try WoW since my friends and I play it from time to time. This is something that needs to be encouraged!

She has a fairly-new AMD based laptop with some off-name GPU. I hoped for the best but even at 800x600 and all the candy off it's choppy (aside from looking like *ss). Even in its neutered state, she seemed to like it and got to lvl 5 in two sittings. Nice!

She's going back to school and has been thinking about getting a desktop. I don't have a ton of money to throw around ATM but I'm thinking an E2xxx and cheap Gigabyte. Would a 2400Pro or something of that caliber play the game smooth at, let's say 1440x900 with some candy on? We all know WoW is very CPU-bound but I have a feeling some sort of discrete GPU is necessary.
Edited by MNiceGuy - 5/17/08 at 12:07am
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Maybe try an older generation card like a 7600 or an x1600. Those should do well and would be fairly cheap, all while out-performing the 2400.
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Personally, I would go with X1650pro/xt or better yet, a 7600GT...

With a 2400PRO, you're paying a bit extra for the "dx10"/"new gen".... a higher-mid end dx9 card would be what I would look for if she's going to only going to play WoW... either of the three mentioned would perform smoother than a 2400PRO and would run you around $35-50 shipped if you look in the For Sales or post a Wanted
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Like my 7900GS thats for sale!
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The thing that really determines WoW performance is RAM. You MUST have 2GB ram if you play WoW. Other than that, my X1950Pro could max it out pretty easily but once you start adding AA it starts becoming demanding. For non-AA performance, I'd look at a 7900GS or a X1950Pro (I have one for sale at the moment ).
post #6 of 12
A 7600GT should run it nicely. I used that before and I could max it at all points but the antialiasing. I recommend you buy aHandzProduction's 7900GS though, as it's quite an improvement over the 7600GT.

Good job on getting your GF in it I love the game.
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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3650 512MB costs $50 after MIR, you'll be able to MAX WoW on it.
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All those posts perfectly answer my question! Thanks!
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7900gs or 8600 cards would run it great and theirs a 7900gs for sell really cheap on here. I retired my 7900gs when i got my 8800gt but i used to run most games on high or close to it.
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i have a 7600GT that my roommate used for a few months, and pared with his core 2, it ram WoW maxed out at 1280 x 1024 at around 30fps...

on a side note, encouraging a female to play WoW is like asking her if she doesn't care about her relationship... I know it's blunt, but it's true.I have seen it many times between my friends and their gf's.... it doesn't end well. It doesn't matter if the guy or gal gets addicted, it's all down hill...

I'm sure if you already have a solid/established relationship, theres no problem. But if you guys are still in the "new" phase of the relationship, expect some battles to be played out...

just my two pennies...
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