System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - MMO (WoW, SWTOR), SC2, Diablo III
Parts Not Required: N/A
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca / ncix.com
Parts Preferences: N/A
Overclocking: Not familiar enough
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe?
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I built this PC last year or so with the help of your forums. At the time, my budget was limited. I now have some money available for perhaps a few key upgrades and was hoping for some guidance. I would like to be able to run the games mentioned above at ultra/max settings with a consistent 30+ fps. For example, in WoW, this isn't a huge issue in 10 man raids, but in 25 man, my fps has been dropping to ~10. My current build:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
DVD/CD: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98B
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
MOBO: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
GPU: XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply (OCZ700MXSP)
NOTE: It might be important for me to mention that I'm currently not using any additional cooling (3 fans came with the case).
Thanks in advance for any key upgrades you can suggest to increase performance.
I'm really not that familiar or comfortable with overclocking. I'd rather spend more money to upgrade some parts. Assuming my budget is now significantly higher, how would the following upgrades do in this system?
CPU: i5 2500k
MOBO: MSI Z68A-GD80
Then when I have a bit more cash, switching from the 5850 to a 570 or 580?
I appreciate your feedback! Also, would this need better cooling?