The time draws near once again for the trickle-down upgrade cycle of the computer hardware here at the Castle. The lord of the manor is still quite content with his Core 2 Duo-powered magic elf box, but the lady’s Pentium 4 system is definitely showing its age. The CPU in it came out of a house brand rig I bought from Best Buy in 2004 or thereabouts, and all the other components in it have been upgraded over time. With the recent World of Warcraft update, I can tell that even with the upgraded video card, the frame rate doesn’t get much above 30FPS anymore even in the calmest of environments, so it’s about time for me to pass down the C2D system to her.
I’m toying with the idea of getting a Mac mini, now that their graphics chips can run World of Warcraft at more than single-digit frame rates, but for two thirds of the Apple price tag, I can order a whole new computer in parts from TigerDirect, and have a system that’ll blow the doors off a Mac mini. I don’t have much time for playing games these days, but when I do have an hour to kill some zombies, quest in Azeroth, or noodle around in my virtual bush plane, I like to see frame rates that at least correspond to the room temperature.
(Of course, there’s always the Hackintosh route, which is totally wrong from a moral standpoint, seeing how it violates Apple’s EULA, even if you legally own a copy of OS X…)
Of course, this upgrading is all for the benefit of my dear wife, who deserves to play WoW at a tolerable frame rate. I’m being entirely selfless here, you see.