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I want to upgrade my computer, please help!

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September 19, 2010 2:14:49 AM

Hello world of 'Tom's hardware' !

I am in urgent need of assistance, my computer can't run World of Warcraft (The only game I play on my PC), and I am running into a lot of problems, mainly FPS issues in the game. I've tried everything under the sun to try to fix it without using money, such as disabling unnecessary background programs, temporarily disabling Nod32 realtime scanner, etc.

I have a budget of $200 to upgrade 'Ye Old CPU', and since I know little how computers work, and you guys do this for fun, here is a little project you can do. It will help me and you, as well as the website, manufacturer, etc.

The only thing I want to do with this PC is have about, hmm, say at least 10 FPS in 25 man raids in World of Warcraft. But I would prefer getting 20+ FPS everywhere. I will list all the info below, as well as check back to see if you guys need any additional info!

*Also I am running a computer from HP 'compaq presario PC' *
*I minorly upgraded it in the past, with this being Ram, WiFi, and GPU insertation
*I am running Windows Vista Home Edition 32x*

(From CPU-Z)

CPU- Intel Celeron 360 @ 3.46 GHz, 533 FSB

Motherboard- ECS Livermore,
Chipset 1.0 Intel i945G
Southbridge Intel 82801GB(ICH7/R)
LPCIO ITE IT8718
BIOS
American Megatrends Inc.
V. 5.12
Date 4/18/2007

RAM DDR2 4096 MB (4 gb)
DRAM Frequency- 200.0 MHz
FSB DRAM 2:3

GPU NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS
Clocks-
Core 500 MHz
Memory 690
Memory- 256 MBytes
DDR
Bus Width is 256 bits


(The Background programs, mouse, KB I run)
NOD32 Realtime Virus-Scanner
amBX (2.1 soundsystem from Philips)
Razer Naga (15 button mouse)
G110 (12-programmable keys)

(Prefer)
*I would prefer AMD processors, since my budget is a little tight and I would love to save a little cash, and I care little about the manufacturer
* Prefer the cheapest retailer, shipping included. As well as a trustworthy website, such as Newegg or Amazon

Useful information:
Background Programs:
http://img31.imageshack.us/f/backgroundtasks.jpg//
CPU-Z Screens:
http://img841.imageshack.us/i/cpuinfo.jpg/
Background screenshot- (I have 1 1900x1080 monitor, but when I hit printscreen it shows up all weird when I paste it in Paint.net)
http://img716.imageshack.us/i/backgroundhelp.jpg/

In-game (World of Warcraft) here are the FPS's (Just incase you need to know):
Extremely Closed Enviroments: 35 - 42 FPS
Starter areas, outback questing areas, etc: 20 - 30 FPS
In Stormwind and Ironforge: 14- 16 FPS
Instances (heroic lvl 80): 12- 14 FPS
10 man raids: 4-6 when fighting bosses, 8-12 stationary
25 man raids: 0.5 - 2 when fighting bosses, 3-6 stationary

Some researching and experimenting I have done:
I have noticed a slight up in FPS in source (HL2 mods, CSS) games by using my old KB and mouse, the Saitek Eclipse II and Razer Diamondback. I have used my old KB in mouse, but there is no difference from my old mouse to my new one

AddOns: I use minimal for the game, nonetheless, all are considered safe and downloaded from trustworthy websites. I probably use, roughly, 12- 20 MBytes of memory for addons

Other Info:
*In game, I think it is the spell casting, effects, shiny armor with glow effects, and things like that might be slowing my computer down.
* Open spaces seem to affect performance.
* Looking up at graphical detail, and looking down at the ground where there is little detail, I notice that the FPS is about the same


That is all the info I can think of right now, keep in mind the only thing I want to do on this PC is to play World of Warcraft, I don't play games like Crysis nor Farcry, or anything like that. Only WoW.

Bottom Line:
What CPU or other computer components should I buy in order to increase my World of Warcraft FPS in nice, playable levels?

If you need any more information from me, please post a reply in the comment section below, I would be more than happy to respond. I will check back here periodically.

By the way, to all you rockers out there, thank you so much in advance. I really, really appreciate it! What your doing is astounding, nontheless, and you are helping the community A TON! Thank you!!!! :D 

EDIT:
HP Computer Website-
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?product=3377251&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&cc=us

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September 19, 2010 2:53:55 AM

simple upgrade
get a Nvidia GT 240 DDR5 or ATI 5670 ver 2.0

more advance
build a new PC. this is fastest CPU you can upgrade to, its outdated and was barely worth $100 when it launched. wish I had better news for you.

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-E4300-1-80Ghz-Fsb800Mhz-Lga...

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September 19, 2010 3:41:53 AM

That really didn't answer my question... since my budget was $200 bucks and I wanted to run at decent FPS, not top of the line, for playing WoW.

Thanks for the tip though, I guess.
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September 19, 2010 3:54:31 AM

its not top of the line, the video cards are under $100. the issue is your BIOS locks you out from upgrading your CPU past a certain point and your CPU is killing your FPS.
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September 19, 2010 4:08:28 AM

The CPU is just too slow and the motherboard can't be upgraded to anything decent.
See if you can fit something like a 5670 in the case and maybe look at a new power supply.

However, I don't expect too much of a FPS increase for that upgrade, the CPU is just old and slow.
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September 19, 2010 4:09:50 AM

So, what should I do? My PC locks me out from upgrading?! And is it just sololy my CPU attacking my FPS? Could I just upgrade my CPU instead of my GPU?
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September 19, 2010 4:10:59 AM

mafiaboss1337 said:
That really didn't answer my question... since my budget was $200 bucks and I wanted to run at decent FPS,

ct did answer your question - at least, the one you should have asked:
"Best $200 upgrade for my system to play WoW?"

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September 19, 2010 4:20:38 AM

So, should I upgrade my CPU or my GPU?!
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September 19, 2010 4:25:05 AM

mafiaboss1337 said:
So, should I upgrade my CPU or my GPU?!


there is no point in upgrading your CPU. its like upgrading from a dead snail to a live one and then proclaiming "i'm really moving now"

if you add something like the GT240 or ATI 5670, you may be able to double your FPS but then your FPS is not that high to begin with.
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September 19, 2010 4:37:52 AM

I figured out the only solution is to get a Job, and make a couple hundred bucks.

Well, thanks for your input, even though I'm not going to spend $120 bucks if its next to nothing.

Thanks for your time!
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