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Originally Posted by raven117;13009116 
my xps m1340 maxes it(except shadows),9500m(256),p8600(2.4ghz), 4 gigs of ddr3.
So something around that.

raven117 used to be my roommate, and he's a good friend. This is his laptop, and I've seen it "max" WoW plenty of times for you haters.
 
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post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by polm;13026846 
So, I don't know who said wow doesn't support dual core, but since the release of cata, it now does.
Good luck!

It's supported multi-core a lot longer than that.
post #33 of 42
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raven117 used to be my roommate, and he's a good friend. This is his laptop, and I've seen it "max" WoW plenty of times for you haters.

Who's a hater? That laptop had decent specs. Only problem is, it's discontinued, and when it came out, it was nearly $1000. No one is hating on Raven, or his laptop.
 
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post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by stu.;13027574 
raven117 used to be my roommate, and he's a good friend. This is his laptop, and I've seen it "max" WoW plenty of times for you haters.

Yeah the laptop listed definitely won't have too much trouble playing WoW, but it isn't an under 500 dollar laptop last I checked.

I checked a Canadian retailer, futureshop, and I looked at all laptops under 500, the "best" gpu they had was an ATI 4330, which ranks I think at 194 on http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html

For reference the GMA 4500 is like 241, and most of the chipsets they had were the 4200 and 4250 which were in positions 221 and 222 respectively.

The 9500M GS is position 140 and the 9500M G is 163, quite a bit higher than any of the previous listed options. You are going to need to spend a bit more than that, even from an american standpoint to get something that doesn't suck.

GMA 4500 unplayable, I have a laptop with one as my work laptop. However the bench scores from the GMA4500 to the ATI HD4200 double plus another 1000 for 3dmark01 so take the rankings themselves with a grain of salt. I still think that it would be pretty unplayable on the HD4200 though, and that was the common card I saw in the 500 range.
post #35 of 42
Thread Starter 
The actual screen size isn't that big of a deal to me. I'd prefer anything above a 1024x768 resolution, but I could go down to that if need be. Does this maybe free up some budget?
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post #36 of 42
Figured I'd just drop in and let you know my laptop will max it, 60fps constant that is. It has an i7 720m, NV 230m and 4gigs on 1333 ram. This was before cata as well if that changes anything. 15.4inch screen, cost me about $800 but I got it during a wicked local sale.
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post #37 of 42
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I'm torn between just getting something cheap that will play it well enough, or waiting longer for something better even though it's just a backup computer.

I'm leaning towards just buying something that can run it well enough, even if I have to turn things down a bit. I don't suppose there's a company that would allow me to try a laptop & return it, eh? tongue.gif
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post #38 of 42
Put it on a USB drive and head off to best buy?
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post #39 of 42
At that price point you aren't going to max it with high fps.

Just stay away from intel graphics and you'll receive acceptable performance.
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post #40 of 42
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Originally Posted by stu.;13027574 
raven117 used to be my roommate, and he's a good friend. This is his laptop, and I've seen it "max" WoW plenty of times for you haters.

Averaging below 60 FPS is not "maxing"

Since when was running 30-35 FPS "maxing"

am i on the wrong forum?? Is this not OCN? I thought "maxing" was 60FPS and higher 24/7?

Or is WoW on a different standard, because 3 years ago for Crysis, running below 30 FPS was definitely not "maxing out"

Lastly, no Shadows or Clutter also doesn't count as "maxing out"

Maxing out would be something like this

And i can't even "max out" in Org or 25m Raids.

Anyway OP, my notebooks from the XPS M1530, XPS 16, to my current Envy 15, i can run wow decently avging about 40 FPS without shadows and low clutter, but still playable.

Only the M1530 with its T8300 and 8600GT struggles now since the launch of Cata, with random FPS Drops because of the CPU throttling.
Edited by azianai - 4/6/11 at 6:54pm
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