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Hey I'm updating my wife's rig, and she plays that World of Warcraft Game. I read an interesting article on Tom's about the game and it's hardware requirements, but I still have my doubts. She is currently playing at 16x10 with a Phenom I 9550 (slight OC) and an HD 4770 512mb (slight OC) and it looks ok. This is on an AM2+ platform with 4GHZ DDR2 1066 CAS5.

But, I also have other CPU options laying around.

- Athlon II x4 620 Propus 2.6GHZ (could try OC on this)

- Phenom I x2 7750 Kuma Black edition 2.7 GHZ (OC's to about 3GHZ)

- Phenom I x4 9550 2.2 GHZ (lol) currently installed.

So... what is more beneficial for playing that game? 2mb L2 Cache, more cores, or more clock speed?

Much thanks to all of you WoW addicts who have tried a few CPU configs and can give me a straight answer.
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Out of those choices I'd go with the Athlon II x4, and try to hit 3.6GHz on it.
    
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Last time I checked WoW uses 2 cores. If possible I would consider a PII 555. And if your g/f's mobo can unlock, then all the better!
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Cataclysm Now can use 3 cores.
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Out of those choices I'd go with the Athlon II x4, and try to hit 3.6GHz on it.
That's what I was thinking. I figured pure clock speed and #cores will win out. I just hope that this chip overclocks well.

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Last time I checked WoW uses 2 cores. If possible I would consider a PII 555. And if your g/f's mobo can unlock, then all the better!
Yeah I thought that too, but it looks like they have tweaked up the game considerably and it can even benefit from a 6-core. I have a Phenom II 550 in my rig right now, that I would give her but she has a SB 700 (no ACC to unlock).

Here is the article from Tom's.
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i have a sb700 and i have acc. are you sure a bios update wont help with finding acc ?
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It all depends on what settings your running at in game really. You may get more benefit from upgrading the GPU than switching to a P2. Dont get me wrong, a cpu upgrade would definately help, but a new graphics card may yield more of a performance gain. HD5770's are really cheap now, and so are the 6850's and gtx470's.
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i have a sb700 and i have acc. are you sure a bios update wont help with finding acc ?
Yeah this mobo doesn't have it. It's a cheap 780G/700.

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It all depends on what settings your running at in game really. You may get more benefit from upgrading the GPU than switching to a P2. Dont get me wrong, a cpu upgrade would definately help, but a new graphics card may yield more of a performance gain. HD5770's are really cheap now, and so are the 6850's and gtx470's.
I agree. Yet not relevent to my question.
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Yeah this mobo doesn't have it. It's a cheap 780G/700.



I agree. Yet not relevent to my question.
Well in that case, either stick with what she has, or go with the x4 propus.
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i would leave in the 9550 clock speed of the x4 should balance out the fps, but the 9550 has L3 cache. in my experience in running wow the L3 cache helped more than clock speed
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