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WoW can be pretty CPU intensive, so you won't be able to max it out with that CPU, no matter what card you buy.

A GTS250 will probably run the game great most of the time, but don't be surprised to see some massive FPS drops in certain areas.
 

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I was looking for something that could max out WoW for my woman.

She has a GT220 but it (obviously) lags in 25 man raids.
Q8300 (2.5 Ghz), 8 GB RAM.

Would a GTS 250 be suitable as well?
I think she only plays at 1400x900 or something..
 

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Originally Posted by Cata1yst View Post
i can max it out on my 7800gt.....
Or not.

My 3870 lags in Dalaran on max (sub 40 fps).
Turning down/off shadows helps but only by 10-15 fps.
 

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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.
 

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I have it completely maxed (ultra) @ 1920 X 1080.
25-120FPS pending on location.
Most of the time, 30-60 FPS.

Internet bandwidth and CPU frequency are MUCH more important, although to fully max the game and run it smooth you need atleast a decent midrange GPU.
 

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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)
 

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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
 

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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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I dont even know I may not upgrade ever.. It seems like technology is increasing so fast it isn't worth it.. I may just wait until it slows down.. If it ever does!
I hope it speeds up
 

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I dont even know I may not upgrade ever.. It seems like technology is increasing so fast it isn't worth it.. I may just wait until it slows down.. If it ever does!
How much money to you want to spend? You can definitely get increases for a some lower $$ upgrades
 
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