Solved Terrible fps in world of warcraft, need to know ow to fix

November 24, 2013 at 13:40:04
Specs: Windows Vista
I currently play World of Warcraft, on a Windows Vista Ultimate Pc, with an AMD Athlon(tm) 64 x2 Dual core Processor6000+ 3.00GHz, and a 3 GB RAM. My fps while playing is terrible and makes the game unenjoyable, i usually run an average of 10-15 fps, and its very frustrateing, i dont know much about computers but ive done some research and i think it might be my graphics card that is causing the problem (Radeon X1550 Series), but before i purchase anything that i dont know much about, i need advice on what i should and what i need to upgrade in order to get my computer running fast and with great fps?

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November 25, 2013 at 05:30:40
If your model number is correct, this is your motherboard. Scroll down to see a bigger pic & detailed specs:

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/pro...

Here's the service manual: http://acersupport.com/acerpanam/ma...

The next issue is the power supply unit (PSU). Many gaming cards require 150W (or more) so if your system has only has a 250W - 350W unit, either the PSU will have to be upgraded or you will have to select a card that uses lower wattage. That will put you in "entry-level" territory but even so, a modern entry-level gaming card will beat the pants off the outdated X1550. From what I could find, your system most likely has a 250W PSU. The best way to confirm would be to open the case & have a look. The wattage info should be on a label on the side of the PSU. I'm basing the wattage on this:

http://www.acerparts.ca/acer-aspire...

Assuming that's correct Here's a couple of cards that should work & they're both under $60 after rebate:

Radeon HD 6670 - $50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Radeon HD 7750 - $55: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

The HD 7750 is the better choice. Here's how they compare:

http://www.hwcompare.com/11733/rade...

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November 24, 2013 at 17:35:44
We need to know the make/model of your motherboard or if you have a store-bought computer, we need to know the make/model/model number. We also need to know the power supply wattage & amperage specs. That way we can determine which card will work with your system. How much are you willing to spend? You should figure at least $75.

All games have minimum requirements & recommended requirements. Have a look a the minimum system specs for WOW - the minimum Radeon card is the X1600 Pro. Even if you don't know much about hardware, it shoud be obvious that 1600 > 1550. Even so, the 1600 will only provide barely acceptable performance. You should shoot for something better.

https://us.battle.net/support/en/ar...

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November 24, 2013 at 17:58:44
Thank you for replying!
So would a new graphics card solve my problem? I have a $100 budget, and would want something where i can play on my current (low) graphics - fair graphics and be a smooth 30 or so fps. Can you tell me where to find the specs you mentioned so i can help you understand what i need?

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November 24, 2013 at 19:11:20
If it's a store-bought computer (Acer, Dell, HP, Gateway, etc), look for the model & model number somewhere on the case, possibly a label on the backside. If its a custom build, it will be a little more difficult. Where did you get the info about the CPU, RAM, & video card? Try using either Speccy-Portable or Speccy-Slim:

http://www.piriform.com/speccy/builds

CPUZ might be useful too: http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-...


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November 24, 2013 at 19:26:54
1. Ive been browsing graphics cards and was wondering, since the current one in this pc is a radeon, would that mean all radeon's would fit? If so then i found a good one based on the link to the WoW requirements you provided.
2. I got the information about the pc from the computer properties and typeing dxdiag into run to find the video card. This pc was given to us by a friend, but im pretty sure it is storebought, the model is Acer aspire M3200, and i do not know where to find the other things you asked for

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November 25, 2013 at 05:30:40
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If your model number is correct, this is your motherboard. Scroll down to see a bigger pic & detailed specs:

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/pro...

Here's the service manual: http://acersupport.com/acerpanam/ma...

The next issue is the power supply unit (PSU). Many gaming cards require 150W (or more) so if your system has only has a 250W - 350W unit, either the PSU will have to be upgraded or you will have to select a card that uses lower wattage. That will put you in "entry-level" territory but even so, a modern entry-level gaming card will beat the pants off the outdated X1550. From what I could find, your system most likely has a 250W PSU. The best way to confirm would be to open the case & have a look. The wattage info should be on a label on the side of the PSU. I'm basing the wattage on this:

http://www.acerparts.ca/acer-aspire...

Assuming that's correct Here's a couple of cards that should work & they're both under $60 after rebate:

Radeon HD 6670 - $50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Radeon HD 7750 - $55: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

The HD 7750 is the better choice. Here's how they compare:

http://www.hwcompare.com/11733/rade...

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November 25, 2013 at 14:12:46
Ok, so im looking to get an average 40-50 fps while i play, and 20-30 under stress, all at about fair-good graphics. So would the HD 7750 give that for me? Or do i need to look into upgradeing the PSU?

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