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: Newegg.com
Location:- New Albany, MS, USA
Parts Preferences: Intel, nVidia
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.