When you guys say "max out" do you mean set everything, even shadows, at ultra? With everything at ultra with my msi 460 i often jump around from ~30 fps to ~60. Putting the shadows to one notch below max helps a lot though.
Also, currently on the cata beta, setting the water to ultra and staring at the ocean gives me ~30 fps consistently, and I've had even lower.
Yeah people underestimate how intensive it is to run WoW maxed out with 25 people aoeing the 2 trash groups before saphirron in icc. That bogs me to like 25fps with a i5 at 3.8 and a 5850 at 1000/1200.
Well thanks everyone, I think I will continue reasearch and just wait it out a few more weeks, save up some more money, see if prices drop. Then buy 4gb 1066 DDR2, 3.4GHZ Quad cor(Overlock it to 4) a 700W Power Supply, and then (Insert video card here)
FWIW - I used to have two 260's SLI'd and could run it almost maxed, but with shadows down a notch and maybe ground clutter down a bit. I upgraded to two 460's and can run it on ultra and get 125-200 fps and around 80 in raids.
I found the best increase was overclocking my cpu from 3.2 to 4.0 and getting a nice ssd. No more missing people in Dalaran when you log on
The benefit to the SSD is having WoW on there as well. Since MMO's are constantly reading off the drive to update the landscape, character models etc, the read speeds of SSD's really shine. So make sure you have enough room for WoW too
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