Looking to upgrade, need some advice

90 Human Paladin
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Hi, i just recently built my PC over the summer and i am looking to upgrade, i am trying to spend around 300$ roughly.

My current specs are:

GPU: Radeon 6870 1gb
CPU: i3 2120
RAM: 8gb

I can run WoW smoothly at pretty much full settings with multisampling at 2x, i was thinking about upgrading to i5 because i can get that at a price much below my budget. So my question is, if i were to upgrade to and i5 would i notice a difference in performance overall? Or should i just wait until i can upgrade my CPU? Thank you.
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100 Blood Elf Paladin
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If this motherboard supports Ivy Bridge, i5-3330 would be the next step up. There will be improvements in minimum FPS in cities/raids, but max FPS will not really change.

You will notice decent FPS improvement by lowering shadow to high, and ensuring you are using DirectX 11 (Vista/7).
Edited by Kalganized on 10/10/2012 9:58 PM PDT
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90 Human Paladin
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How can i make sure i am using DirectX 11?

This is my motherboard MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Edited by Youldin on 10/10/2012 10:02 PM PDT
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100 Blood Elf Paladin
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WoW defaults to DirectX 11 + 64-bit client if you use Vista/7 64-bit today, but old carryover settings may not have it correct.

At the login screen, click System, then click Advanced on the left. Graphics API should say DirectX 11.
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90 Human Paladin
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Also since you seem to know what you're talking about do you if keeping off vsync puts alot of strain on my GPU?
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100 Blood Elf Paladin
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If your GPU is going over 60 FPS (or 120 FPS with 3D monitors), yes, it is making it work more for no real reason.

I leave VSync on in all games. IMO, it should only be disabled if:

1) Driver problem causing VSync to not work correctly (nVidia recently fixed this on 6xx series)
2) Game has a problem with VSync on (rare)
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