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I understand that I need to upgrade the graphics card, but other than that, will this run World of Warcraft on the high/ultra settings with no frame rate issues?
Processor Type: AMD FX-4100 Quad-Core Processor
Hard Drive Size: 1 TB
Multimedia Drive: 24x Dual-Format, Double Layer DVD±R/RW Drive
Operating System: Windows 8 64-bit
System Ram: 8 GB
GFX Type: AMD Radeon HD6450 Graphics with 1GB dedicated graphics memory
6 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x audio/microphone port, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x PS/2 port, 1 x D-Sub port, 1 x COM port, 1 x parallel port, 3 x audio jacks
1 x PCI slot, 2 x PCI Express (x1) slots, 1 x PCI Express (x16) slot, 3 x external 5.25" bays, 8 x internal 3.5" bays, 7 x expansion slots
Also, if anyone has any tips or advice on which gfx card would be compatible and best for the money to attain the high/ultra settings, feel free to suggest away! Thank you!
Edited by Calemar on 5/8/2013 11:07 AM PDT
The video card is quite lacking. It might have decent or semi-decent framerate on high but I doubt the system as a whole would run on Ultra very well. If you go to ibuypower's website, you can actually find that system (with upgrades) for cheaper than Walmart's pricing.
If you're wanting an inexpensive system, there are several threads on these forums about what to get and where to get them. I would recommend checking those threads out before buying this system or at least going to ibuypower.com and seeking the build straight from the builder, rather than the retailer.
As for what you could do to upgrade that system? First you will need to upgrade the PSU then you could upgrade the video card. The system ships with a standard 300W PSU. This won't be enough raw power to propel you into another video card worth upgrading. As mentioned earlier, with IBP's website builder, you can upgrade the system far cheaper than buying the upgrades separately.
The PSU can upgrade to a 650W NZXT PSU and is 80+ Bronze certified for $45. The CPU offers a slight upgrade for free (4100 to 4130 - a 0.20Ghz upgrade), not much albeit but still free. With the upgraded PSU, you could get really any video card the configuration system offers. As an example, the Radeon 7770 is offered at a $59 upgrade. This would bring you to $633.
Doing the same thing on a part-by-part basis, is going to take your $548 system from Walmart to $648 for the PSU alone. Add in a video card just slightly (see newegg's pricing on a Radeon 6670) is an extra $59 as well. You're at $708 for a lesser processor and graphics card.
You'll save $75 by buying from the manufacturer direct and get a better system overall. That savings, could allow you to buy more game time. ;)
Edited by Xiongmaoren on 5/13/2013 9:28 AM PDT
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