Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 AM3 790GX mobo
XFX Radeon 4890 1Gb gpu
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2Ghz CPU
8Gb DDR3 Kingston RAM
500GB WD Caviar Black HD
OCZ 600W 600MXSP PSU
NZXT Guardian 921 case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
23" Acer X233H LCD screen (1920x1080)
I haven't made any modifications since, and am getting a little antsy. Besides work-related things (I'm a neuroscience grad student, so that involves a good amount of data analysis, simulations, etc.) I primarily use the system to play WoW.
With cataclysm coming I'd like to do a few upgrades, but I'm not sure what would get me the most bang for my buck. The game generally runs around 40-60FPS (maxes out at 60 with vertical sync and tripple buffering) depending on area population.
The obvious answer I think is to upgrade the gpu (simplest answer anyway)...but I don't know to what. I'm not playing on a giant screen, so I don't know if waiting for the new radeon 6900s would be worth it or if I should just get a 5870 (probably still wait for 6900 to be released since there will probably be a price drop for lower cards).
The other option is to upgrade the CPU, but I rarely see it worked to its max. I aslo don't want to have to replace the mobo, so need to stick with the AM3 socket (kind of annoying AMD is changing that for their new CPUs, but whatever).
At some point I'm going to get a SSD, maybe for christmas, but yeah...beyond that I don't know.
Unless you are playing other games - the 5870 is WAY overpowered for WoW. Go with the 6850 if you want something more powerful than your current one, but still at a good price. And yes, you could even wait until the new 69xx ones come out to see a price drop.