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December 30, 2011 1:41:51 AM

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

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


a c 113 B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2011 6:04:55 AM
a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2011 3:13:42 PM

Indeed, starting a new build would likely be your best option.
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December 30, 2011 4:26:06 PM

Thanks for the info. I may just save up for a better video card too. Not sure yet.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2011 4:59:20 PM

I see, what GPU are you thinking about purchasing?
December 30, 2011 5:03:35 PM

I am not quite sure. I have seen some people recommend Radeon HD 6870's, I may go with something like that. Is this a good choice?
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2011 7:37:48 PM

Well, possibly even overkill at that monitor resolution, but a good choice.
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