Trying to help someone out....OLD PC -vs- New Junk, and gaming (world of warcraft)

My son's friend want's to play world of warcraft. (good kid...I would like to help him out)
He just got a new tower about 6months ago...says they paid $149 for the tower :no:
(that right there might/probably answers my question)

anyways, it's a dell optiplex 755

intel core duo CPU E8200 2.66GHz
4 GB ram
Intel Q35 chipset
32-bit operating system
windows 7 home premium


He downloaded world of warcraft to play with my son and he gets like 2FPS standing still(totally unplayable).....


My question is....

would this old PC (below) play it better? be a upgrade? how much of a upgrade?
Basically.....is it worth my time to grab the PC below from my buddy to help the kid out?
(would it even help?)


64-bit Athlon X2 Dual Core 4000+ 2.0 GHz cpu
Asus M2N-E motherboard
2GB of ram (but I have two 2gb sticks that are compatible with the motherboard)So I could run it with 4GB of ram or 6GB? (two 2GB sticks and two 1GB sticks)???
Nvidia 7800GT (or I have a radeon HD3850 I can put in it) what GPU is better?
And I can put a fresh 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate install on it...


would the older PC play world of warcraft better?
(I'm thinking yes...but I don't want to waste the time or my $60 my buddy wants for the "boat anchor" if it's not going to be a big upgrade for the kids gaming needs)


What's your thoughts...
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  1. They are both limited but pretty much on the same level, you might try the current one he has with that HD 3850. Bear in mind WoW did just up their graphics levels and while the change was not drastic it will still show on such aged systems.
  2. Xibyth said:
    They are both limited but pretty much on the same level, you might try the current one he has with that HD 3850. Bear in mind WoW did just up their graphics levels and while the change was not drastic it will still show on such aged systems.


    That was my first thought and we were going to try it, but the power supply has no hook up for us to even try :??:
  3. Ok, I have an optiplex 745, so your son has a slightly faster processor (mine runs at 2.4 GHz) . the 755 should play the game just fine, that "boat anchor" is to the best of my knowledge to weak processor wise to play world of Warcraft. However, a graphics card is indeed needed. if possible, I would recommend six gigabytes of ram, as that would speed up the computer slightly, however that is unnecessary. those two graphics cards are about equal in terms of power, however, they are not powerful enough to run the game I believe. If possible, spend the $60 dollars on a graphics card like so http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500343, as it will provide enough power for solid fps in word of warcraft, and not draw too much power from the power supply. just be sure to make sure it will fit inside the case.
    Hope that was of use.
  4. oh and sorry for the late reply, I had to check the specs on the GPUs
  5. core 2 duo is way faster than that old athlon
  6. grrrrrr.... i misspelled too it should read "too weak a processor to play world of Warcraft." not to weak
  7. Immortalized said:
    Xibyth said:
    They are both limited but pretty much on the same level, you might try the current one he has with that HD 3850. Bear in mind WoW did just up their graphics levels and while the change was not drastic it will still show on such aged systems.


    That was my first thought and we we're going to try it, but the power supply has no hook up for us to even try :??:


    You can pick up a molex adapter off of newegg for a couple bucks, they are nice to have aound anyway.
  8. you will not need power for the shown card. it draws all of its power from the pcie slot. so just plug it in and it will work, you make need to get drivers though.
  9. According to WOWC's site, even the 3850 is not enough. as above, that zotac card will be enough.
  10. Robert Cook said:
    you will not need power for the shown card. it draws all of its power from the pcie slot. so just plug it in and it will work, you make need to get drivers though.


    First off let me thank all of you for your replies/advice/opinions....

    I am no computer guy, that's why I'm here :D

    yes, I 100% need a card that pulls power from the pcie slot....no question about that.

    could I ask you Robert, If you can make the time.... Do you see anything on this page(in stock) that compares to the GPU you listed above?
    It's only about a 10minute drive :D

    what about that EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 1024MB DDR3 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card on the left side 3rd one down....
    Like I said I am no computer guy...I can put it together, but I am crap for picking the right parts :pt1cable:

    http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966937+36&Ntk=all


    and If nothing there what about this page? (I prefer that 1st links price range) :D
    http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966937+37&Ntk=all

    see anything comparable?

    again, Thanks for the help everyone....
  11. Immortalized said:
    Robert Cook said:
    you will not need power for the shown card. it draws all of its power from the pcie slot. so just plug it in and it will work, you make need to get drivers though.


    First off let me thank all of you for your replies/advice/opinions....

    I am no computer guy, that's why I'm here :D

    yes, I 100% need a card that pulls power from the pcie slot....no question about that.

    could I ask you Robert, If you can make the time.... Do you see anything on this page(in stock) that compares to the GPU you listed above?
    It's only about a 10minute drive :D

    what about that EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 1024MB DDR3 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card on the left side 3rd one down....
    Like I said I am no computer guy...I can put it together, but I am crap for picking the right parts :pt1cable:

    http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966937+36&Ntk=all


    and If nothing there what about this page? (I prefer that 1st links price range) :D
    http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966937+37&Ntk=all

    see anything comparable?

    again, Thanks for the help everyone....


    You will need an 8600 or better. Best would be a 750ti
  12. Results are in: sorry for the delay. in the 25 to 50 dollar price range, I was unable to see a card that would certainly be able to run the game at a decent frame rate. I have found this http://www.microcenter.com/product/437277/GeForce_GT_730_1GB_DDR3_Video_Card, which is the same class of card you had mentioned grabbed your eye on the 50-75 page, at just $54 it is most likely the best deal around. however, due to the limited stock warning, keep this in you back pocket
    \http://www.microcenter.com/product/434684/GeForce_GT_730_2GB_DDR3_PCIe_Low-Profile_Video_Card it is $64 and is of the same class, but has more video ram, which offers a performance boost for more demanding games should he decide to play them, (minecraft and that some other game I think it is dota?) and of course there is the one that you saw and mentioned which is a great one too
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/437276/NVIDIA_GeForce_GT_730_2GB_DDR3_Video_Card
  13. WAIT! ok the only one that will work is this http://www.microcenter.com/product/434684/GeForce_GT_730_2GB_DDR3_PCIe_Low-Profile_Video_Card
    It requires only motherboard power the others want six pins only get this one!
  14. sorry for that, it must have slipped my vision, but I did some measuring in the tower I have, which should be the same size, and the card in the WAIT! post will fit.
  15. Sooooo, in order to clear up all confusion which I most likely caused with the last three posts the card to get is this one and this one only http://www.microcenter.com/product/434684/GeForce_GT_730_2GB_DDR3_PCIe_Low-Profile_Video_Card
    it requires no six pin power, and uses only motherboard power.
  16. Robert Cook said:
    Sooooo, in order to clear up all confusion which I most likely caused with the last three posts the card to get is this one and this one only http://www.microcenter.com/product/434684/GeForce_GT_730_2GB_DDR3_PCIe_Low-Profile_Video_Card
    it requires no six pin power, and uses only motherboard power.


    Thank you so much for all your help.....

    Just my luck it's out of stock :'(

    Last question :D
    seeing it's out of stock and I have to wait either way....would you recommend waiting for them to restock that PNY card or just order that newegg card? same price and probably about the same wait time......

    I was just hoping to take a 10min drive and not have to wait on delivery :lol:
  17. I hope this was all of some sort of use. I hope he enjoys the upgrade!
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