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Old December 6, 2008, 01:37 AM
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Hey everyone, I have a dell inspiron 530s and I was wondering if there was a low profile graphics card capable of running World of Warcraft with all the settings on high at the 1920x1200 resolution?
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Old December 6, 2008, 01:43 AM
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I think the best low profile card you are going to find will be in the ATI 4550 or 3650 league.
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Old December 6, 2008, 02:09 AM
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Ok but will an ATI 3650 be able to play WoW at 1920x1200 with the settings on high?
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Old December 6, 2008, 08:31 AM
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While WOW isn't the most demanding game I think a 1920/1200 res will not be playable with a 3650.

It might be time to consider ditching the slim pc and looking into a MID tower computer if want a better gaming experience. I once was in your position stuck with a slim pc and little to no room to upgrade it became very apparent that they were best suited as word processors/internet browser and not for gaming.

This is probably the best possible low-profile video card I have seen for gaming.

NCIX.com - Buy Galaxy KFA2 GeForce 9600GT 650MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Low Profile Video Card - 96GFF6VIFCXX In Canada.

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Old December 6, 2008, 08:37 AM
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Any of the above mentioned cards will run WoW easily. Check out the benchmarks:
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Hardware Performance Guide - Features at GameSpot
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Old December 6, 2008, 12:04 PM
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While WOW isn't the most demanding game I think a 1920/1200 res will not be playable with a 3650.

It might be time to consider ditching the slim pc and looking into a MID tower computer if want a better gaming experience. I once was in your position stuck with a slim pc and little to no room to upgrade it became very apparent that they were best suited as word processors/internet browser and not for gaming.

This is probably the best possible low-profile video card I have seen for gaming.

NCIX.com - Buy Galaxy KFA2 GeForce 9600GT 650MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Low Profile Video Card - 96GFF6VIFCXX In Canada.
Yea I had a feeling that would be the case as the card already in computer is an ATI 3450 and WoW gets an amazingly laughable 5 fps. When I hook up my aluminum MacBook which has a Nvidia 9400M shared memory card in it I can get 15-20 fps using it so the fact that a dedicated 256mb card can't even achieve that is just plain sad in my opinion.

Unfortunately the card you suggested would not work in the Dell 530s as I believe the power supply is only 250 watts.
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Old December 6, 2008, 12:12 PM
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Won't happen.

Even at 1280x1024 and my 8800GT on high settings WoW has its moments of lagging and slowing down in various areas.
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Old December 6, 2008, 12:23 PM
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To be honest I am surprised that it isnt possible to get a low profile card that would work in the Dell and play WoW at 1920x1200 at high settings when the damn Nvidia 9400M shared memory in my MacBook can do it at 1920x1200 and manage to get 15-20FPS. I guess Nvidia has come a long way with integrated graphics.

I used to have a gaming rig with a 8800GT and played WoW with high settings at 1680x1050 and never had any lagging or slow down issues, so I don't know why you do enaberif.

So if I do get a new machine how does the Dell Studio XPS sound with an ATI 4850 card?

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EDIT: So you have a 1920x1200 monitor?

Going from WSXGA+ to WUXGA means 31% more pixels, which is quite a bit when you consider the amount of bandwidth the card would need to handle. My 8800GT was able to play a lot of games at 1680x1050, but the fps was hovering around 40-60 with medium details (not including WoW because I don't play that). From my experience I think that you should keep gaming to a desktop, and get that 4850. WoW would see really big drops in fps at such a high resolution.

I would also like to ask what CPU you have, because the Macs is pretty good, compared to some desktops.

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Old December 8, 2008, 11:57 AM
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Currently I have a MacBook, a Dell Inspiron 530s, and a Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP Monitor. I have a Mini-Displayport to DVI adapter to hook up my MacBook to the Dell display which has a resolution of 1920x1200.

Back in january I had a gaming rig i built myself and a Gateway monitor that had a resolution of 1680x1050, I have since sold both the gaming rig and the Gateway monitor.

I hope that clears up your confusion, and I apologize for being a little confusing before.
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