I have been playing the free trial version of World of Warcraft and am considering buying the game, but need to know if I need a new graphics card. The card in my machine is, I think, a ATI Radeon Xpress 1250.
The original World of Warcraft is quite undemanding of the graphics card but, the expansions saw graphical enhancements that are more demanding.
You may find it struggles at even low settings in The burning Crusade expansion, especially Terrokar Forest and the city of Shattrath. In the new Wrath of the Lich King expansion it will be unlikely to produce playable frame rates in many areas.
You could buy a graphics card, that will cope much better, for less than £50 if budget is an issue.
That you probably will not be able to do, lappy's have two types of VGA chipsets (not conventional cards) soldered and non-soldered components that are integrated onto the MOBO, Its an expansive and a specialist job to upgrade...
back of my 3 year old wow box: (recommended not minimum) 64mb 3d graphics card geforce fx5700 or above
burning crusade % wrath of the lich king: same.
the graphics engine today is better than it was 3 years ago, you don't need a great deal to run it, however, battleground's and multi character raids have got bigger, this is a lot more cpu than gpu. out of over 200 games wow is the only one that raises my cpu fan (set to 62C!)it only does this when you have 50+ individually controlled players casting god knows how many spells etc. also the latest graphics update has better shadows terrain and spell detail, and you need a pretty high spec pc to play with all maxed out on default, it can quite playable on pretty much most pc's, a seperate graphics will free ram and take a load of cpu of course.