I can't currently decide on which upgrade to go for, current specs are as follows:
(this is a 3 year old rig, with the exception of the GPU which was upgraded last year)
Opteron 170 @2.8ghz
20" Viewsonic LCD
Which is the better upgrade option, I have a limited budget and I'm trying to boost FPS
Option A: upgrade to a GTX260 or HD4870 which costs less since I can sell my old GPU or
Option B: upgrade to a C2 E5200/Gigabyte P45 Mobo/3GB memory
Option C: upgrade to a P2 X550/Gigabyte 790 Mobo/3GB memory
(options B and C cost a bit more and selling the old parts seems a bit tough)
I dont think you need to upgrade your graphics card; the GTX 260 and the 4870 are very similar in performance and since the 4850 and the 4870 are the same GPU running at different clock speeds why not keep yours and overclock it instead ?
I personally would go with option B and keep my 4850 and maybe even get a mobo with 2 x pci-e slots and probably buy another 4850 at a later date, at least give myself that option.
I think option C would be attractive if your budget allowed for one of the higher end Phenom II`s and the same M.O with the GFX card/s.
Thanks for the advice, by the way, I have about 300$ for upgrades...
And about my 4850, its pretty old so its the reference design with a single slot cooler, not the best heatsink to overclock with since it idles at 62C on my CM690 with a custom made cooler sitting below it.
Although one thing I just discovered is that I might be able to get more than one option. A friend wants my 4850 for 90$ and I can get a 4870 for ~150$, which means I can still go for option B.
But thanks again for your opinion guys, it made deciding easier...