Do i need a new system?

Hello everyone,

I come to you for help once more.

Here is the actual setup i have on my system right now (quite old)

Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P
Proc: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
Fan: Cooler Master V8 CPU Fan
Mem: mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Video1: SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Video2: SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB
HD: WD 1TB 7.2K SATA 3.0Gb/s
PS: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX
OS: windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Mon: 22" WS Viewsonic

Now what i do with this system is basically play World of Warcraft, email, social networks, watch movies.

System has been working fine, but i feel it a bit slow and now and beta testing another MMO and i feel the performance is pretty low, even tho friends with slower computers dont have much of an issue, and i was wondering if its necessary a system replacement, or maybe an upgrade of parts or maybe i just need an OS reinstall.

Im aiming to play WoW or any other MMO full settings without system lag.

What do you guys think?

Thanks in advance,
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  1. What resolution is your monitor?

    Your dual core is probably holding you back a bit, games like WoW scale nicely with more cores on older CPUs. If you had an i3 or i5 with 2 cores you would be OK, but a dual core Core 2 not so much.
  2. 1680 x 1050
  3. You didn't mention the most important thing, your monitor resolution.

    That system is pretty dated, but it looks like it could handle most games quite well. Try overclocking your cpu. You didn't buy a CM V8 to run your cpu at stock speed right??
  4. If ya decide to upgrade.....I'd start w/ a 1920 x 1080 monitor .... after that

    MoBo - $ 190 - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
    CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 225 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - $ 225 - Same
  5. At that resolution, your current system should perform well in most games if you overclock your cpu a bit. If your planning to play BF3, upgrade the computer.

    Also a 6950 1GB smokes a GTX560 ( or 560ti) at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 for the same price or less than what Jack is recommending.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150524

    It also has a lifetime warranty (transferrable) vs 3yrs for that Asus card.
  6. Thank you for your reply. Well i run at 1680 x 1050. Im a pretty standard user, havent got myself into overclocking, therefore reason i got the V8 was because the last one got faulty and vendor recommended it.

    I will research more into OCing the CPU, any other suggestion?

    I was looking into replacing some parts but i dunno what will be good and not that pricy
  7. Yeah I would look into overclocking your CPU and bit. A GPU upgrade would do nicely though, especially since your current one has only 512mb of VRAM.

    How much are you looking to spend max?
  8. Yeah, im also gonna look into those cards and overclocking.

    What about mem? Do you guys think a mem upgrade to 8gb will help?
  9. 4gb of RAM is enough for WoW.
  10. No you don't need 8gb.
  11. 4GB of RAM is enough for games like WoW and things like emailing and Facebook. If you upgraded to 8GB, the excess RAM would go unused.

    A GPU upgrade would likely be the best way to go, if you aren't sure which one to get, I'd definitely recommend you visit this link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-gaming-performance,3042.html

    Your processor is okay, if you upgraded it you would likely see an increase in performance, but is probably unnecessary.
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