Its been a while since i've played the upgrade game, and even longer since i built my own pc (mostly out of pure laziness), anyway I was wondering the opinion of everyone out there as to which components of my pc i should be upgrading first. I use it mostly as a gaming rig and play in 1280x1024. Thanks for the help!
MB: EVGA Nforce 680i SLI
CPU: Core 2 Quad 2.40 ghz Q6600 8M 1066Mhz
Ram: Hynix 4GB DDR2 PC2-6400 (4 x 1GB stix)
HDD: Seagate HDD 250GB SATA 7200RPM 16MB
GPU: Nvidia Geforce 8800GT 512 MB PCI-E x2 (sli)... (although i think one of them may have just bit it)
PSU: 750 Watt OEM ATX PSU
Your processor is fine. You may want to OC it but beyond that it's about the last thing I'd recommend upgrading.
As to what you should upgrade your resolution says your monitor is the answer as 1280x1024 is quite low end these days. SLIed 8800gts should do well at resolutions much higher than that so you may not need to upgrade anything else.
isn't running at higher resolutions harder on your videocard(s)? If i'm wanting better performance why would i up the size of my monitor just to downgrade the performance i'm getting. Forgive me, I don't know too much about monitors and how they work.
I assumed you wanted a better gaming experience in general. If you don't want to get a better monitor then I don't see any reason to upgrade anything really. The performance of your current setup should be fantastic at that res. Is there a reason you are looking to upgrade?
There are no "games like Crysis", only Crysis itself and that game is just a bitch on high settings/high AA. Even Crysis Warhead is significantly more forgiving to hardware. As for WoW if I had to guess it's giving you problems only with massive mobs onscreen and OCing the processor would probably help clear that up more so than a new video card I believe. Get a decent cooler, should cost about $30 and give it a go. That chip OCs very well.
Really though I stand by upgrading the monitor. That's a very low end resolution at this point and a larger high res monitor would definitely be the best way to improve your gaming experience in general. Of course with a new monitor you will likely want a new video card... and for better performance than your current setup at your current res you'll probably need to look at an HD5850/70 so it would be quite an investment.
Thanks so much for the advice, its been very helpful and i appreciate it. Any recommendations on a new monitor that would match my current system fairly well still (perhaps with oc'ing the cpu).. i've always been partial to samsung displays.. but again.. its been quite a while since i've bought one.