Looking to upgrade either CPU or GPU

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1 month

Budget Range: 300-400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, space heater

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU or GPU. I have a 1000 watt PSU

Do you need to buy OS: No I have windows 7 professional

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location:- New Albany, MS, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, nVidia

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 60hz

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:

Games are starting to eek out of reach of my system and would like to upgrade one at a time. I'd like to start with the GTX 480 since its extremely loud and can double as a space heater if I close my door while playing. The only issue is the performance of the card is out of this world and from what little I've researched is that the 500 and 600 series cards don't offer much increase in performance over the 480. I can't justify paying 300-400 dollars for the 700 series if the performance increase isn't there. So, with the noise and heat aside, is the 770 worth the upgrade for the money they're asking for it?

Also, would upgrading the video card without the CPU hinder it as well? I suppose the 2500k is a little dated by now.

Current build:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k Sandy 3.3ghz Quad
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Ram: 8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536mb 384-bit GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16
Monitor: Asus 27in @ 60hz

Thanks for any assistance you can provide. I apologize if I did something incorrectly, I tried to follow the template as best as I could.
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  1. Your CPU is perfectly fine for playing modern games at max settings. The GPU is what you need to upgrade. The 770 is a VERY good option. It will easily max every game out today
  2. The 480 is still a pretty potent card, but is a real power pig. The 770 is a big step up in both performance and efficiency, and IMO is worth the price.

    Your cpu is fine - the 2500k may be "dated" but it still kicks a$$,

  3. Best answer
    id recommand a radeon 280x 3 gbs the best card at the 300$ price point. and ur 2500k is still quite good.

    ill recommand a 280x and a cooler so u can overclock that beast. cooler 30$

    280x 310$

    340$ ur all set.
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