Upgrade hardware for WoW - Max Settings/FPS

Currently have this hardware:

CPU: 5600+
RAM: 2GB
Video: 7900gsko
PS: 430watts
Motherboard: ECS Geforce6100SM-M


Getting new hardware with Christmas money/giftcards and want to be able to play WoW at 1680x1050 with all the settings cranked all the way to max. The motherboard is the first thing I am replacing, runs in 8x PCI-X mode which I'd assume not good for gaming. Right now I play at 1680x1050 with all the settings turned down and get no lower than 39fps anywhere in the game. Along with the motherboard upgrade I was considering getting another 2GB of ram and also a new videocard, either a 4850 or 9800GTX. What are your thoughts/suggestions?
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  1. The 8x PCIe slot is not that bad - in a game like WoW that does not use huge textures the bandwidth difference, affect on performance, will be very minimal...

    If I were you I would just get the 7900gtx and see how things go - I expect you will be very happy with the results and will not need to upgrade further... But if you do - well it's no cash lost...
  2. jamesgoddard said:
    The 8x PCIe slot is not that bad - in a game like WoW that does not use huge textures the bandwidth difference, affect on performance, will be very minimal...

    If I were you I would just get the 9800gtx and see how things go - I expect you will be very happy with the results and will not need to upgrade further... But if you do - well it's no cash lost...
  3. Bleh got my edits all mixed up - you get the idea - it's not the 7900 doh!
  4. 4GB RAM always helps if you want to max Draw distance / ground clutter etc. I find having Draw Distance maxed is a real advantage in pvp.
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