Upgrading for Next-Gen gaming.

I am looking to upgrading my PC to play next-gen games at high - highest settings, but I am not sure where to start. I'm not sure whether my priority should be my processor, my video card, so I'm kind of at a loss at how to properly upgrade. Any recommendations would be fantastic. Also, my case isn't the largest thing in the world.

Here is my current rig:

RAM - 8 gb
Motherboard - MSI H55M-E23
Processor - Intel Core i7 CPU 870 2.93 GHz, 4 cores
Video card - AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

This is my first time with this sort of thing so hopefully this is specific enough!

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  1. We need your budget first
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    Right off the bat I would think that you could pull off a graphics card upgrade. Check the Tom's graphics card hierarchy/recommendations as this would be a great source of info for an upgrade. Doing this would be a lot less costly than replacing the mobo, the CPU and paying for a new OS. You would also have one of the key components for when the time comes to upgrade the mobo, CPU & OS.
  3. hang on, we can't go recommending hundreds of dollar graphics cards.

    But i agree, a graphics card upgrade is probably required first then an upgrade from your good but aging CPU
  4. This is true. He is asking a lot, he is going to need something from the 7900 series or GTX 670+ up
  5. total budget ?
    resolution ?
    website ?
  6. Haha sorry guys for the lack of info. 1920 x 1080 and I have a budget of about $500 to spend on the initial upgrade. Whether that's processor + Motherboard or GPU. Thanks for your patience and help!
  7. That's what I was thinking, thanks for your help!
  8. Hey quick question, if I purchase a 770 will it be bottlenecked by my processor/motherboard?
  9. ChangeTheL1ghts said:
    Hey quick question, if I purchase a 770 will it be bottlenecked by my processor/motherboard?

    No, ur cpu is old but still a good gaming cpu it will not bottleneck
  10. just upgrade your graphic card
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