Upgrades to gaming system...
Ok, So I am looking at upgrading my machine but it has been a while since I last looked at it and the gear seems to be changiong, updating etc more often than I change my pants...
Here's the spec's of my current machine:
Gigabyte EP43-UD3L - S775, P43, 4DDR2, PCIE 2.0, SATA2, GbLAN, ATX, FSB1600(O.C), UD Mainboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, LGA775, 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache1333 Mhz FSB 45nm
Kingston 4GB Kit, 1066MHz HyperX DDR2, PC2-8500 CL5, 240 Pin DIMM (Kit of 2)
Samsung 1000GB 3.5" SATA2, 32MB Cache, 7200RPM
Sapphire PCIE 2.0 HD4830 512MB - Onboard HDMI, DL-VI, SVGA, Dual Slot Fan Cooler
CoolerMaster Extreme Plus Power V2.3 550W
Antec 'Three hundred' Tower Gaming Case
Top Mounted Case Fan - 140mm
Rear Mounted Case Fan - 120mm
And a few things I am considering upgrading to, with prices from my usual computer shop
Intel Core i7 950 - LGA 1366, 3.06 GHz 8MB Cache - $319, or
Intel Core i5 655 - LGA 1156, 3.20 GHz 4MB Cache - $249
Sapphire HD6850 1GB GDDR5 HDMI PICE - $249
850W Antec Quattro - $205.10
Antec 'Nine Hundred Two' Tower Gaming Case - $149
Will end up with room for about 5 or 6 Case fans if I upgrade the case... - $50
So, my predicament is - I dont particularly want to spend the $900-1000 just like that and upgrade it all... I play online FPS games quite regularly (mainly Americas Army 3).
What would you guys suggest is the more important upgrades here, to increase FPS and overall gaming performance. Also, would upgrading things like the CPU, or Graphics card also require an upgrade of the Mobo?