Wednesday, November 24, 2010

World of Warcrafts World ended today!

That’s right the Cataclysm struck the MMO’s word today and millions of gamers are just now finding out that there PC might not be able to handle the game the way it once did!
I remember playing Wow on a 6 “ PC I can tell you now there is no way I can do that now!

WOW Cataclysm brings more than just new gameplay - it adds much better graphics features. It will rise minimum system requirements and recommended configurations considerably. New DX11 features will require more than just a basic computer with no discrete videocard. Gone are times when about any computer could run WOW to some extent, it becomes more of a system hogger than before. Check what's the best configuration today to run WOW Cataclysm.

There are many new options today when it comes to choosing WOW computer configuration.
Lets start from the lowest , or minimum recommended setup. It will most often consist of an AMD processor like Athlon II X2 or X3 clocked above 3.0GHz either stock or overclocked (you might want to check out our cooling range if you are going to overclock). You will need at least 2GB RAM but 4GB of Mushkin DDR3 is highly advisable, difference is huge. Videocard - could be Nvidia GT 220, better with DDR3 RAM, or GT 240 GDDR5 or GT 430 which is a little slower but newer and has some really nice features. Packed in a case with good cooling with reliable PSU at least 485W - should be reliable brand. Hard drive space, DVD speed do not matter much. Motherboard - if you can choose - get 785G chipset, it's cheap and reliable, fast enough too.
If you want to enjoy WOW Cataclysm in more than just medium settings you will need more firepower under the hood. We recommend at least AMD Phenom II X4 or Intel Core i5 Quad processors. Combined respectively with AMD 880g/870/890 series motherboards or P55 for Intel. 4GB RAM is still enough, I'm running 8GB and can tell you it helps a lot in crowed city's in the game and in 25 man raids, it's not required for most games but at the cost of ram today its a nice upgrade!. Video card - here you have many options. Starting from Nvidia GTS 250 and 450 and ATI Radeon 5670, 5750, 5770 cards are all great for WOW on High settings. Older 9800GT might be still ok but you know you want more!

recommended specs:

Windows XP 32bit (SP3), Windows XP 64bit (SP2), Windows Vista 32bit (SP1), Windows Vista 64bit (SP1) Windows 7:
Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
2 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 256 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 or ATI Radeon™
2600 or better DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability
Broadband Internet connection
Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel recommended

Not too hard core but I can tell you now lots of gamers will be scrambling for any upgrade the can get over the coming weeks! And Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel? You might want to check out our full range of gaming mice! My pick is the G500 and the G700 if you want macro’s to boot!

Cataclysm is set for release on December 7th, you can check out the amazing intro movie here.