I am currently looking to spend around 350$ to upgrade my current system. If the whole system has to be trashed to get the performance I want, then I will have to live without the upgrade for now.
My current system is quite old.
Here are some specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0Ghz processor
Biostar Geforce 6100 AM2 Micro ATX MB
2 x 1GB sticks of G.Skill DDR2 800 Memory
Cooler Master RP-500-PCAR 500w power supply
Western Digital Caviar 160GB 7200rpm 3.0gb/s sata drive
XFX Geforce 9800 GT
Its been a long while since I have researched hardware. So I really don't know what is good and bad, or good value.
My biggest question is... What components are holding me back the most? I am looking to play World of Warcraft without fps issues on high settings. I would also love to play some of the current games on low settings, Like Saints Row or maybe even battlefield 3 (though this isn't mandatory)
I know it will probably be hard to get this done under my budget, but I am hoping I can use the Graphics card and hard drive and just replace the MB/CPU/RAM with something better. Though, I really have no Idea what is holding me back the most.
Any help would be much appreciated!
PS: I am not brand loyal on anything really
EDIT: I wanted fill out the template I just found to help the advising.
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible
Budget Range: 350$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: World of Warcraft mostly. Wouldn't mind new games on lowest settings, but not mandatory
Parts Not Required: see above... Requires advice I have a case as well.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is always good, but open to suggestions