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Dont skimp on the CPU, thats what I can suggest. a Strong Quad core is needed to play WoW seemlessly
...Except I don't believe WoW utilizes all 4 cores, still!
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post #32 of 41
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...Except I don't believe WoW utilizes all 4 cores, still!
After playing for 3 years (at a world-class level), I can say that it does use all 4 cores. Easily. The only thing WoW really uses the graphics card for is shadows -- and I recommend playing with them off anyway.

WoW is most intensive on the CPU - if you were studying computer science you'd realise all the stuff going on in the background. Thousands of mathematical equations, and they're just the tip of the iceberg.

Don't underestimate the computing power required for WoW. A $500 system will run it, but to run it well (such as 25-man raids under intense conditions), a quad-core is a must.
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post #33 of 41
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After playing for 3 years (at a world-class level), I can say that it does use all 4 cores. Easily. The only thing WoW really uses the graphics card for is shadows -- and I recommend playing with them off anyway.

WoW is most intensive on the CPU - if you were studying computer science you'd realise all the stuff going on in the background. Thousands of mathematical equations, and they're just the tip of the iceberg.

Don't underestimate the computing power required for WoW. A $500 system will run it, but to run it well (such as 25-man raids under intense conditions), a quad-core is a must.
World class level?

When I quit WoW it had only been using two cores.

If I was studying computer science I'd realize that every game uses the same "mathematical equations and thats just the tip of the iceberg!"

Just because WoW stresses some systems doesn't mean its built and optimized towards the higher end systems...
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Yeah. When I played my guild was 13th in PvE, sometimes higher, depended on the boss. Now second (although I left before Cataclysm - got out while I could). Simply illustrating that I've played the game for a significant amount of time.

Whenever I played, I saw on my G15 display that it was using all four cores. It may have been from WotLK onwards but it definitely does use four cores.
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post #35 of 41
Key question? is there a microcenter near by?
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html
second of all for a 500$ hes going to have to go AMD for sure. I would. Cant beat an unlockable 2 cores to 4 and free MB for 99$ LOL Then u got 400$ to mess with. realistically tho tell him he needs around 700-800$ for a legit gaming computer unless he already has a case and psu he can use.
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I met a guy who's been playing WoW on his dell latitude for a few years now and he's ready for an upgrade. The key is to keep it at $500 CAD, and it has to run WoW silky smooth. I told him I'd be able to give him a rough outline of what to go for. WoW now has the ability to run DX11 and it's given better results than DX9 performance wise. So, what would you guys recommend??

***no need for keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers*** just the core components of CPU, MOBO, RAM, GPU, PSU, CASE! Thanks!
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post #37 of 41
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...Except I don't believe WoW utilizes all 4 cores, still!
by default you are correct, however you can change some settings in a log file in order to change this. its very easy.

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=294551
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post #38 of 41
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Key question? is there a microcenter near by?
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html
second of all for a 500$ hes going to have to go AMD for sure. I would. Cant beat an unlockable 2 cores to 4 and free MB for 99$ LOL Then u got 400$ to mess with. realistically tho tell him he needs around 700-800$ for a legit gaming computer unless he already has a case and psu he can use.
Key question? Is there a micro center in Canada? I think OP should go with:
I5 2400- $180
H61 board - $65
Hdd $50
4gb ram $40
500w psu - $40 or a good 430w would be enough
Case - $40
Gpu - hd 5770 - $100
Total: $515
Good luck!
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An SSD is a must for quick load times, btw.

What screen resolution is he playing on?
    
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post #40 of 41
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An SSD is a must for quick load times, btw.

What screen resolution is he playing on?
This. With my SSD, Dalaran used to load from a cold boot in 5 seconds or so.

I wouldn't say essential but it sure does speed things up. After the first load, subsequent loads are usually quick enough on a HDD anyway.
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