Last Updated: Mar 5, 2018
Planning a World of Warcraft PC Build that runs the game nice and smoothly for your chosen resolution? This beginner's guide will explain what you need to know about choosing the right hardware for 60FPS+ performance in the hugely popular MMORPG.
For those who have lived under a rock for years, World of Warcraft, often referred to as WoW, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) made by Blizzard Entertainment and has been one of the most popular online gaming phenomenons of all time. Legion is the latest instalment in the series.
Although the World of Warcraft system requirements aren't that high, the game requires a fairly powerful PC to run flawlessly on max settings, and a real decent rig for super smooth performance on high resolutions and/or high refresh rates.
If you follow the recommended system requirements, you'll likely find the game won't run as best as it could.
World of Warcraft System Requirements
Here are WoW's official Windows PC system requirements (source: Official WoW website).
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)
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.
For a good World of Warcraft build to play smoothly you need to 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 if you're after the best performance in the game (and especially if you'll be playing in 1440p or 4K resolutions of course).
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