Your Questions About Will My Computer Run World Of Warcraft Test

Lisa asks…

Will minecraft work on my computer?

I don't want to buy it just to find out it doesn't work, and minecraft isn't on systemrequirementslab.

I have a Toshiba Satellite. It's a pretty new model, I just got it this year. I know the game doesn't have super great graphics or anything, but I just want to be sure before I spend the money on it. My computer can run world of warcraft and sims, if that says anything. I don't know the exact model and I don't really know how to figure that out.

dknol answers:

Go to Start menu, Run, Type… DXDIAG .. Hit Enter.

Here you will see alot of system information.

Click the ‘Display' Tab to see your Graphic cards information.

Though Minecraft does indeed have poor block like graphics But..
It's Still Surprisingly Demanding on Graphics so a Good GPU is required.

I'd Suggest no less than a 512MB Graphics Card (GPU).

Hope it helps :)

P.S: Minecraft System Requirements & ‘Compatibility Test Below…
-> http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=1235&game=Minecraft

Steven asks…

Will this computer run World of Warcraft good?

Will my computer run WoW at least with little lag?

CPU:Sempron 3000+ 2.0 GHz
MOBO:Asus A7V8X-LA
RAM: 2 gigs DDR pc-3200
VIDEOCARD:PNY VCG76512SAPB GeForce 7600GS 512MB

Everything else is intergrated into the mobo. But, any help would be nice thanks.

dknol answers:

It should run fine.

You could test here:
http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/referrer/srtest

Ruth asks…

Does how much room memory gigabytes or whatever effect how fast my computer runs?

I play world of warcraft and its runs great but i want to try out public test realms and it says it takes up 9 gigs !?!? so if i download it will WOW run slower?

dknol answers:

Check out this blog i found that is real helpful to increase computer and internet speed.

Http://computerprohelp.blogspot.com

Robert asks…

How can I make my computer faster?

I wanna make my computer faster so when I play world of warcraft it wont lag because every time I download World Of Warcraft it says low computer speed and I cant download it. So are there any tips???????

dknol answers:

There are several things you can do to increase the “speed” of your computer.

1) Clean up the disk. Uninstall unneeded programs (especially those that run at startup and/or put something in the system tray), run Disk Cleanup, and defragment the drive. This is a good first step that will almost always take a few seconds off boot time and application loads for any computer.

2) Stomp auto-starting programs. Click Start > Run and type “msconfig” at the prompt. Click the Startup tab and look at all that junk that loads when you launch your PC. Do you really need “Adobe Reader Speed Launch”? Probably not. Turn off anything else that looks useless, but be careful not to disable your anti-virus and important system components.

3) Run a full anti-virus and anti-spyware scan. I would recommend AVG Free anti-virus, Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware remover. These programs are all free.

4) Clean up the registry. CCleaner, available at http://www.ccleaner.com is free and worth running. It will also remove unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.

Those are the easy and free things you can do. If your computer is still slow you need to move on to the bigger guns.

1) Upgrade RAM. This is the one killer trick that will make almost any computer run faster. With an older PC, you will rarely have enough RAM to run today's memory-hogging operating systems and applications, and adding a high-capacity stick or two of quality RAM will give you a quick speed boost. Adding RAM is fairly simple, even for a novice, and you should be able to do the job in 5 or 10 minutes.You can run a free test at http://www.crucial.com and find out what kind of RAM (memory) your computer needs.

2) Reinstall Windows. If the above tricks haven't helped, it may be time to wipe the slate clean and start again, reformatting your hard drive, reinstalling your applications, and restoring your data files from a backup. You'd be surprised how much more responsive a freshly reinstalled Windows system can be, as you've wiped out years of temp files, garbled registry entries, old versions of software programs that have been upgraded repeatedly, and all sorts of other electronic junk. Reinstalling is easy if you have the “recovery disk” that came with your PC, and only a bit more involved if you're using a retail copy of Windows XP. Just be sure you back up everything you want to take with you before you pull the trigger!

3) Upgrade your hard drive. This is a more complicated solution, but if you're reinstalling Windows (per the prior tip) you might consider upgrading to a bigger and possibly faster hard drive, too. Hard disk storage is a performance bottleneck on every machine, and magnetic disks degrade over time. Some performance issues could be caused by a failing hard drive, even, and upgrading to a new model could really put some zip back in your system. As a bonus, you can use the original hard drive for backups or occasional storage, if you put it in an enclosure.

Donna asks…

What kind of laptop should I buy for gaming and general viewing?

I was thinking of buying a laptop for my gaming and personal needs. Then it struck me, I don't know what kind of laptop I should buy. Should it be a Dell, Hp, Mac etc. I am in the budget of $1500 or less. The online games are World Of Warcraft and those kind of games. I should be looking at for 2GB RAM I think. So what do you guys think I should buy? I need something fast, reliable, and in my price range.

dknol answers:

The Gateway Laptop below should be able to do Crysis at low settings. And thats already good for a laptop!

For Vista, get at least 2 GB RAM / 256MB Video RAM and make sure it’s certified. If you can afford, get 3GB RAM / 384MB VRAM …then Vista should rock your socks. If you learn how to use it, Vista features and technology blows XP away…when it works fast. ;) You want it to last so get 64-bit Vista Home Premium or Ultimate. It’s mega-fast with 64-bit apps as well as lets you upgrade > 4GB TOTAL RAM (system RAM + graphics card + other devices). 64-bit also requires “MS approved” (a.k.a. Digitally signed) drivers so this “might” help with hardware compatibility, etc. This is MS’s way of trying to get everyone to “move on” if they are able to.

But if you have old programs, they might not work (esp. With 64-bit version). Google “Vista compatibility list”. Knowing a bit about computers helps getting the old problematic ones to work (Internet has a lot of solutions that smart people share).

Ultimate is the best but if you don’t think you need anything that fancy, Home Premium is good too. Get a good video card if you want Aero graphics (at least 256MB 128-bit in the newer cards)… better if you can afford. Vista technology distributes more graphics processing to the video card and relieves the CPU for other things. Therefore, a good video card will make Vista work better.

Vista uses extra RAM to store commonly used files in a new activity known as “disk caching” (SuperFetch). The computer uses artificial intelligence to determine which files will be used most and copies it to RAM (where it is much faster than accessing your hard disk). This includes components of the programs you use on a regular basis. When you need more RAM for programs you launch, etc. The computer purges the “least likely used” files from RAM to make room for the new program. That’s why if you look at the performance monitor, Vista always has near zero “free” RAM. So in theory, the more RAM (for disk cache) you have, the faster your computer will operate. This can also be augmented (to a lesser effect) with a flash drive/card with a technology called ReadyBoost. Just stick it in and select “Speed up my system” and leave it there. Google “AnandTech ReadyBoost Performance” for basic test examples.
Http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/window-on-windows/?p=735
High RAM will be especially helpful for those people who like to leave all their windows open and use Vista’s “S3 sleep mode” (2 watts) so they can resume where they left off almost immediately after they turn their computers on.

Vista Home Premium and Ultimate has Windows Media Center, where with a TV card/USB adapter (if not integrated) of the type that fits your TV/Cable, acts similar to TiVo. You can play your videos, schedule recordings, etc. You can get a wireless keyboard / mouse or gyro-mouse and it will be sort of like remote control. If you do this, get a big Hard Disk.

MS Office productivity software works best on Windows. The Mac version is really nerfed and doesn’t have new features like Office Ribbon interface, Mini Toolbars, and Live Preview, among a large list. There are also less individual titles in the Mac version.

Vista supports touch-screens and voice recognition if you’re into note-taking and dictation. A good program to use with this is OneNote, which is included in some Office editions.

Deals of America and Tech Bargains catch good deals on HP and Dell’s and sometimes you can get like $500 off! XPBargains has deals and coupons on Tablet PC’s!
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Unless you are an artist, most Universities (and programs) as well as the rest of the world use Windows. WinMacs are popular but for the price, Macs don’t run Windows as well as other brands, but sometimes it doesn't really matter that much to most users. In addition some just want it for fashion and like them to match their iPods.

Here are some statistics to put it into perspective.
Http://marketshare.hitslink.com/
Note that these “internet traffic statistics” actually miss a lot of Windows PC usage because many are used for work and do not surf the internet much (if at all). Thus the Windows PC’s out there may be even MORE than the representation on the charts!

Macs are durable because many have an accelerometer in there that can “increase the chance” of saving your hard drive when you drop it. Like those used in airbags. The power cord is also magnetically attached so it reduces the chance that you yank it off the table.

OSXMacs can exclusively install Final Cut Pro (which is good for media work). Adobe Creative Suite is also good and available for Windows but works better on OSX. The Windows version actually looks like an OSX port. Though the nextgen CS4 64-bit will only be available for Windows. Macs will only get CS4 32-bit. :( Hence, many OSX users are artists historically. Emotion workers are generally not as good with computers as logic workers so OSX is good for them. Because OSX is less complicated and harder to mess up, a lot of computer newbies also use Macs and that’s why you see a lot of “Get a Mac! They are so awesome!” without any technical explanation to back up that opinion. ;)

Mac Pros:
OSX stability
OSX is easy to use
Dual-bootable to Windows
More durable than many brands
Trendy

Mac Cons:
Not as much peripheral support
Not as much software support
Windows doesn’t run as well
Expensive
Minority

Windows PC Pros:
More customizable
More choices
More styles
Cheap hardware
Vista has best gaming capability (Direct3D 10)

Windows PC Cons:
Less stable (unless you are an IT pro)
Many are relatively not as fashionable
Not as user-friendly
Some extra features in Windows requires advanced knowledge to use
The extra features require better hardware despite your use of them or not

Details of features can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_X

Some brand statistics: In terms of recent sales, the top 3 manufacturers are HP, Dell, and Acer (Gateway). Apple is #4 in USA.
Http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2008/04/24/mac-q1-2008-market-share-3-26-percent-worldwide-6-26-percent-in-the-us.aspx

Pretty good deal on a powerful laptop: $900 – Gateway M-6851, Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 (1.83GHz), 15.4″ Wide XGA, 4GB Memory DDR2 667, 250GB HDD, Dual layer DVD Burner (5xDVD-RAM compatible!), ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 (512MB 128-bit GDDR3 Dedicated Video Memory)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834101154

Pretty good deals on mid to powerful Tablet PC’s: $700 – Gateway C-141X / $1100 – Gateway C142XL
http://www.gateway.com/systems/series/529597319.php?mtr=DCYAONANC&sg=hm&ph1=8667187749

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