This is my first ever post on the WoW forums so hey guys
Right I’ll list my specs below but before I do I need to note that I only play WoW so no need to take any other games into consideration when making suggestions - first a small story as to why I’d like to upgrade.
Recently I’ve dug my old gaming PC out and have decided to give WoW another bash. I risked putting it in a bit of a cramped space to keep it neat and the graphics card started overheating and crashing my system. No worries, I did it at risk, I pulled it out again and now it has the air to it. It’s this that made me decide to download some temperature tracking programmes for the first time in my life (while I was soloing ICC) and because I’d never thought about these things before I was honestly shocked by the results. the GPU was hitting 70(ish). I’d always played WoW at 10 but I had no idea if this was normal or not. After a LOT of Googling I found it was apparently normal but I could lower those temperatures instantly with a few simple setting changes, one being V-Sync to keep it at 60fps (not sure I’ve had to play with this before). I spent an entire afternoon messing around with temperatures and it seems to average at 45-55 but in Icecrown (not even Citdadel) it shoots up to 70(ish)… I’ve lowered some settings now but it still hits similar numbers… As I’ve never used temperature programmes before I have no idea if I’ve hit these numbers since day one with this computer or not but as I’m feeling like I’m having to change settings now and taking the future of WoW into consideration as well I’ve figured I should maybe just take the plunge.
Based on the Googling I’ve done I’ve pretty much found that my GPU and CPU are massively out of date. I bought this computer back in 2012. I’ve read WoW is more a CPU based game. The RAM I have is more old RAM out of old computers. I’m happy to pick up cheap second hand stuff from eBay and would like to ask for opinions on the GTX970 and opinions on a RAM upgrade to Corsair Vengeance 16gb (8gbx2) DDR3 as I can get those for fairly cheap second hand. If I’m right in thinking a GPU, CPU and RAM upgrade will sort me right out then it’s the CPU I need help with.
So here’s my specs:
- Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD3
- Processor - Intel® Core™ i7-3770k CPU @ 3.50GHzz 3.90GHz
- RAM - 12 GB
- Hard Drive - Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB
- Graphics Card - GeForce GTX660
- Monitor - Samsung UE50NU7400 Smart TV
- Operating System - Windows 10 Professional 64bit
I’m not a GIANT computer whizz when it comes to components etc as I’m sure you can tell from above to speaking in as best “english” as possible would be appreciated ,
Oh and just to add in - I blew all the dust out of it before starting this baby back up so everything is all cleared out. I took the graphics card out to blow that out and actually just replaced the fans in the case