Build A World Of Warcraft Computer

Do you want a World of Warcraft computer that runs the game well? You've come to the right place.

For those who have lived under a rock the past few years, World of Warcraft, often referred to as WoW, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) made by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the most popular online game ever created, and is played by millions around the world everyday.

Although the World of Warcraft system requirements aren't that high, the game requires a fairly powerful PC to run at decent quality and speed. If you follow the recommended system requirements, you'll likely find the game won't run as best as it could. Here are the Windows system requirements, which have been pulled straight from the official WoW website (check the website for Mac requirements):

Operating System

Windows XP 32/64-Bit (Service pack 3)
Windows Vista 32/64-Bit (with the latest Service Packs)
Windows 7 32/64-Bit (with the latest updates)


Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
Recommended: Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2


Minimum: 512 MB RAM (1GB for Vista users)
Recommended: 1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)

Video Card:

Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better

Even with the above recommended specs, your game experience will likely suffer a bit with lagging every now and then. For those who don't know, lagging refers to when your computer can't handle all the things that are happening on the screen at once and the gameplay slows down in a sort of jittery motion.

Even with all the video settings turned down to low, you may still experience bad performance if you only follow the World of Warcraft system requirements.

So what I would recommend for a World of Warcraft computer is that you invest in a better CPU, a larger amount of RAM, and also a more powerful video card. Spending a little bit of money on these vital components will go a long way, and your WoW experience will be so much greater.

So how much do you have to spend for a decent custom computer for Wow? Not as much as you would think. If you pick the right parts, from the right place, and build it all yourself you can save a lot of money and end up with a very powerful yet affordable gaming PC.

If you need help choosing specific parts for your World of Warcraft computer then check out my recommended custom gaming desktop computer builds. The cheapest build there works out to be roughly $600, and even that build is good enough to handle World of Warcraft well even with video settings turned up to high.

As well as having a decent computer, remember that you also need a good enough broadband internet connection to play the game smoothly too.

Happy gaming!

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