Have some cash to upgrade, what is my weakest component?

My main reason for posting here is I play PlanetSide 2 and my fps hits the toilet when I'm involved in a large battle. I'm thinking I'll either switch to Intel and grab an i7 and motherboard or grab a new GPU, perhaps a 780 or R9 290. Not sure if I should hold out for next gen components or grab something now that will be relevant for a few years.

Currently this is what my system looks like. My most recent purchases were the motherboard and SSD.

AMD Phenom II x4 980 BE
w/ NOCTUA NH-U9B SE2 Cooling
Sapphire HD6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E
G.Skill NQ Series PC3-10666 8GB 4x2GB DDR3 1333
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD
Hitatchi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB SATAII 7200rpm 32 MB Cache
Windows 7 64-bit Home
OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro Power Supply

Any feedback would be appreciated.
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  1. Your GPU is several generations behind, and even a fairly budget modern GPU would beat it out.
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    Certainly grab a new GPU if you desire better performance in your games. Your CPU, even though a bit old, will certainly hum along just fine with a higher performing GPU. However, mind that when many players are on screen you will experience lagg. I experience lagg myself with my GTX 670 and i5-3570 (a great deal more powerful hardware than you got atm.) in Planetside 2 during tense situations.

    The R9 290 has better value compared to the GTX 780, performing equally, yet having a lower price tag. If you were to step up the resolution, the R9 290 would even outperform the GTX 780 due to its high memory bandwidth as well as 4 GB of VRAM. I myself, even though a Nvidia fan, would grab the R9 290 myself if I were to choose.

    I wouldn't play the waiting game and wait for the next gen, unless a date was confirmed. Technology will keep updating all the time, it's about getting the best you can for your money at the current time.
  3. go for the gpu choosing the r9 290 .
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