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System Upgrade - CPU/MB/RAM or GPU?

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December 31, 2009 5:29:27 PM

These are my current CPU/MB/RAM/GPU specs...

CPU - Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13 GHz

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-965-DS3 LGA 775 P965

RAM - Patriot 2GB (2 x1GB) DDR2 667

GPU - EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready

I'm looking to spent around $350 thinking I could put it all towards a new GPU or new CPU/MB/RAM. If i go the CPU/MB/RAM path i'll most likely be going with AMD since it'll probably give me the most bang for my buck because if I'm going to do the RAM upgrade i want to go ahead and move towards DDR3; doing that with Intel seems like it would put me over budget.

Thoughts and suggestions?

Edit (as shown in post in thread): My purposes are for mostly gaming and my current monitors max resolution is 1440x900.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2009 6:12:29 PM

If the purpose is gaming performance then getting a 5850 GPU is the way to go. Your processor may not let you make full use of its power, but it will still be a strong card in a couple years when you do swap out for new CPU/mobo/RAM.
*I better qualify this. If you are running a low resolution monitor, then the 8800 may already be maxxing it out and you would see no difference.

If the purpose is rendering software, video conversion, CAD or other processor intesive apps then the CPU/mobo/RAM will be the thing to swap.
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December 31, 2009 6:25:20 PM

Purposes are for gaming and my monitors max resolution is 1440x900.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2009 6:36:10 PM

At that resolution, a 5770 will max out most games. The 5770 will play most everything but crysis at high settings on 1920x1080 so its a pretty good card choice also.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2009 6:36:20 PM

I would look into a HD 5770 and a E7500 and OC it
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December 31, 2009 7:10:53 PM

Thanks for the feedback so far. Looks like a new GPU might be my best option right now; maybe even a larger monitor if I go with the 5770. Thanks!
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a b à CPUs
December 31, 2009 7:47:10 PM

I don't disagree, you GPU is sorely lacking for todays games, but so is your processor. At only 2.1ghz, every last mhz more you can squeeze out of it will show improvement with that new video card. Honestly.
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