Looking to upgrade, need some advice

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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.
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).
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
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.
Also since you seem to know what you're talking about do you if keeping off vsync puts alot of strain on my GPU?
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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