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I currently mostly play Warcraft. My PC is 3-4 years old, and whilst it has coped pretty well in the past, it's starting to show it's age with the latest expansion. For example, I get huge lag whenever I enter the city of Dalaran.
So I'm considering buying a new PC. As far as I can tell, any modern gaming oriented PC should be able to cope with WoW without too many problems. But what about other MMOs? It would be nice to have a PC that would cope well with recently released games (e.g. Vanguard, AoC, WhO, Spellborn), and that also stands at least a good chance of coping with the next generation of games, that will be released over the coming year, such as Aion.
Generally I'm more likely to play either pure PvE or mixed PvE/PvP games. I avoid FPS games, such as Doom and Quake, since they tend to give me motion sickness. So I'm also likely to avoid releases of FPS oriented MMOs, such as Huxley.
I'm currently looking at a PC with specs such as this:
* Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz CPU
* Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R Motherboard
* 896MB nVidia GTX 260 PCI Express Graphics Card
* 3GB (3 x 1GB) Kingston PC10600 1333Mhz DDR3 Ram
* 750GB 7200rpm SATA II Hard Drive
If I wanted to get the most for my MMO buck, what would be the most cost-efficient way of improving this. More RAM? Better CPU? Better graphics card?
I'd also be likely to order the PC pre-built . I've built my own PC before, and in my opinion, unless you're a student and desparately short of cash, it's simply not worth the hassle of building PCs on a one-off basis.