Graphics card vs. CPU
by TariElanesse - 9/28/09 11:26 AM
Ok, been researching until my eyes are about to bug out. Can someone help me? I want a laptop that will play World of Warcraft over a wireless connection. WOW's recommended requirements are:
Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
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
DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability
I'm most worried about getting a capable graphics card in laptop. Been looking at Dell's Inspiron 15, but it has an integrated graphics card. A Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, which notebookcheck.com claims will barely run WOW.
Can a good CPU compensate for an integrated graphics card? I can't afford a gamer laptop, which seems to be about the only ones with decent graphics cards in them. The Dell I'm looking at has an Intel Pentium mobile processor T4200 in it.
Would appreciate any advice! Thanks!