Since we are being blessed with new character models (Which can be disabled? Yes, no?) in WoD, will we need more "bang" in our computers?
Currently I am playing on a more than 5 years old machine with a Radeon HD4870 512MB (GPU) and a
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 6MB (CPU) and I am quite satisfied with it's performance in 10-mans, LFR and flex (13-14).
However, I am quite useless on Ordos and Sha since my frame rates dips to 1-10 FPS.
Will the new models cause even more problems in world bosses and even in regular raids?
Shall I start looking for a new computer or should I stick with the one I have?
You do not need anything else but a better GPU ( Graphics Card ) I am running with the exact same processor except I overclocked myn to 3.84ghz.
Card I'm running is Radeon 7770 - Never ever has wow dropped below 30fps for me I'm running on high but I turn shadows on low - I Just hate the things anyway.
With gaming - Generally speaking graphics cards are the life blood of it.
You can pick up the same card as I've got for around £80/£90 now if you fancy more bang for buck get the R9 270 or 270X I've got the card just haven't gotten round to installing it yet. However I've given it a shot on my other PC with the same processor again only it's not over clocked and WoW runs on Ultra no problem what so ever.
You didn't point out your ram or the refresh rate you play at either..
You want atleast 4gb RAM but WoW is ridiculous for what it produces graphics wise (poor) and how much it uses. So I'd recommend 2x4GB sticks as I have. Don't buy any old trash get at least 1600mhz.
Refresh Rate also plays a part I run 1920x1080 which is common now but that info can help.
As I said The processor is fine E8400 is pretty much the best of the dual core range and with overclocking a nice amount of ram and a generally decent card you can out do people running i3's.
So NO Don't listen to ANYONE who says save up for a new PC unless you truly want a new PC. If you want to just upgrade your PC as I said look for a similar card to the 7770 or if you have the cash check some of the R9 series.
Don't be hesitant to look in to overclocking your CPU ( DO LOTS of homework on it first ) also tinker with WoW's settings.
Sunshafts - (off ), view distance ( it's pretty pointless having it over good imo ) - Shadows (low) Mutlisampling 1x - AA x2 you can go higher but the difference is minimal unless you are studying gear.
Particle Density - I have on High but that's cos I'm a complete sucker for all the sparkles and spell effects in WoW anything above good is gravy.
As you may notice your GPU (graphics card) has only got 512mb memory. This is nothing for your GPU to dedicate with so all I'd recommend doing is looking into a new GPU depending on how much ram you have you could also bung that in. If you have 4gb worth generally don't worry your CPU and GPU will handle the majority of it.
On the flip side - Check all your temps - CPU/GPU I know it sounds silly but if they are running too hot either one its a sure sign that either the cooling can't keep up or usually CPU wise the heatsink isn't on properly (that or your thermal paste is dieing).
Heat can cause a lot of frame issues and obviously wreck your computer. I doubt it is this but I thought I'd point it out just so you can think on it...