Hi guys, in anticipation of next-generation games i would like to ask you guys what would be the best upgrade path for 600$ budget, I play at 1920x1200 resolution. Should i wait and see what the prices of the GTX 780 / HD 8000 series are in a few months before the release of next-generation games? Though.. i do feel that i may need to upgrade my CPU before i even consider getting such a powerful GPU.
Any feedback you are able to provide will be greatly appreciated!.
Never mind a GPU upgrade, the CPU is easily the weak link of that rig.
Upgrade to an FX-6300 or FX-8350, or go for a platform upgrade and get a Haswell processor and LGA1150 board.
If you upgraded the CPU to an 8350, you would have enough left over to get a HD7970. Though yes its probaly worth waiting and seeing how Nvidia's 700 series pans out, but from what I have seen of the 770 its just a clock speed bumped 680 coming in at a $500 price-point, so you would be better off with a 7970 anyway IMO. The 760Ti might be where things get interesting.
Agree with the CPU, it's the weak link, a well overclocked 7870 gets close to a stock 7950 as long as the AA is kept within reason and with games becoming increasingly dependant on the CPU an upgrade there is likely to be a better use of money, and a great deal cheaper than a $400+ graphics card.
Not sure if that is the best strategy for a possible switch to Intel, though. Already OEMs are slashing the prices of their Sandbridge based systems to clear space, it might be better (assuming the OP wants to switch to Intel) to wait a while and see how prices for the 'obsolete' Sandybridge chips and motherboards change.