Remember Will's article about MMO's? Recall what he wrote about tweaking your system for them? Having lots of RAM and a powerful CPU is more important than having a powerful graphics card.
On page 32 of the May 2005 issue of MaximumPC, he wrote "Having lots of system memory is crucial. Make sure your rig sports at least 1GB of RAM. Some MMO games will use as much as 2GB of RAM, if you have it; so don't skimp... Most of today's MMO games are severely CPU limited. Unless you have a videocard older than an ATI Radeon 9700, we recommend upgrading your CPU before your videocard."
My Vid card is a Geforce 5500FX so I dont know what that equates to in the ATI world, but my current system is an Athalon XP 2800 and I do have 1 gig of PC3200 ram.
If I play WOW on mid range settings, with a 1024x768 resolution, 16bit x 1 sampling, and no AI, My frame rates are in the 16 - 20 range and the game is "playable". If I go up on any settings, the frame rates go down.
My system is using over 4+ year old technology to play a game that is not overly graphically intensive by today's standards, but I know that the next game I get on will be more than likely more demanding of my system, so I want to be ready for it as much as possible. That is why I looked at the parts I have listed.
Another question about Power Supplies, The recommended one above from ANTEC, I know go for Quality before power rating, but I have to ask, is a 380W rated quality Antec product going to be able to power the parts I have listed as well as a creative Audiology soundcard, and 2 WD caviar PATA HDs, 2 PATA CD drives (one CDRW)? I have a few friends that work in the IT field and all have said go for at least a 400W PSU. I know 380 is close, but it is not 400W.
I do thank everyone for all the responses so far, you have made me rethink some things and I am sure it is for the best.