Upgrading gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Flexible

Budget Range: $200-300

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

Country: Canada

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


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.
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  1. You have plenty of head room to OC the phenom . Ideally add a cooler to keep temps reasonable and noise under control .


    Geting 3.8 GHz will be easy , getting 4.1 is possible , maybe more

    Then if that makes no difference add a second 5850 in crossfire if you can find one . If not then you have to look at a single better card
  2. 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?
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