So, in short -- Do I supplement my HDD with 3 -4 SSD (Considering Raid 5 or 10 (depending on SSD costs) using the onboard ICH9r), or get a new system?
Approximate Purchase Date: Flexible, depends on answers. SSD's may be in next 3 months.
Budget Range: 800ish, more if a new system is recommended, but still in 1500 range (USD)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: WOW, other gaming, Television recording / watching, browsing, occasional .net programming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: HDD -> SSD, or trash the system and get new.
SSD will get Win, system utilities, game binaries. existing suplemental HDD = Media files etc...
Do you need to buy OS: yes, Planning on installing Win8 (Currently on Vista home)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: flexible, have used newegg in the past.
Location: Portland Oregon Area
Parts Preferences: if you have recomendations, I'm very willing to listen
Overclocking: Current CPU isn't capable
SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire Not enabled
Your Monitor Resolution: 3@ 1920 x1080
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: ok... I admit, I don't "Need" to upgrade, but I'm tired of being the last person in my WOW raids to load the instances. Besides, faster is better, isn't it? (Don't tell my wife these are the reasons though)
Hey, I totally believe that SSD will give you a huge speed boost you are looking for. I myself upgraded to a Seagate momentus XT, a hybrid SSD (500 GB normal harddrive and 4GB SSD) and it's a breeze The Seagate drive preloads what you use the most at certain times (EX; Program files, boot files) and the speed is blazing, I do know however, that an SSD would have EVEN MORE performance. I would say go for 2 big SSD's in raid 0 or 1 (it really depends on how much data protection you want, if you have an external HDD then just go with raid 0 for better speed and have the external backing stuff up). I would also say a motherboard upgrade, your CPU is great, but just like my Phenom II x6 1035T, the stock speed of 2.5 Ghz doesn't cut it anymore, even though newer processors would out perform your processor at the identical speed, with a new motherboard and an aftermarket cooler you could get to a 3 Ghz speed easily, and overclock lower speed RAM at the same time. Just make sure you have case cooling. If you don't want any of that I would still recommend the dual SSD's.
Best I could do for the performance you wanted. In reality, you should save up for this. SO much better performance compared to the dual 4850s you are running now. Just transfer over your hard drive and you are set!