Originally Posted by compuman145
With cataclysm coming out i'd still stick with the gtx460 since cata will be heavy into DX11.
On top of that, a minimum of 4Gb of memory, i'd go with 8gb. In my rig WoW uses up 3.7GB. lol
Framerates will be dependant on both bandwidth available as well as GPU power.
But an firstname.lastname@example.orgGhz with 8Gb of memory would own. Simple.
And do NOT going with the 900, there is nothing wrong with the 300 and will save you a tidy sum
Cata won't be DX11 heavy... It uses DX11 "features". It's still built around DX9 and the DX11 features are pretty much limited to the upgraded water and a few small things.
I've never had WoW use that much RAM. But then again, I don't use a crap load of addons. WoW by itself uses about 1.5-2gb, if that. I run with 2GB of ram and it never maxes out.
From testing I've done, the way WoW works out for core allotment:
As many cores as you want, but 100% usage on 2 cores. Meaning, if you have 4 cores, all 4 cores will be active, but you won't see more than 50% on the other two. It's weird and I can't really put a finger on it because I am not versed in the coding that WoW is run through. Basically, with my E8600, both cores would come close to maxing. Now with a quad core, cores 0 and 1 get up to around 80% sometimes, the other two never more than 50% and none of the cores added together max 200%. Meaning, if I am using 70% on cores 0 and 1, cores 2 and 3 are never more than 30%. If cores 0 and 1 are 80% cores 2 and 3 are never more than 20%... It's like WoW pulses out two streams of data but Windows spreads those two streams over all the available cores.
My recommendation is a fast (high clock speed) tri-core-quad-core (or an i3 since it has 4 threads) 4gb of RAM, and a 460. Splurge on a SSD if you can. It makes load times next to nothing and everything in the game will load faster, objects, people, monsters, etc.