Upgrade parts or Time for a new build?

My Current system is: Mobo: MSI Platinium II LGA755/975X ATX CPU: Intel E6600 Dual Core all stock. 2GB DDR2 500GB WD SATA HDD GPU: MSI NX8800 GTS 320 PSU: Corsair 550W ATX12V V2.2 I'm a programming student as well as a gamer. I've gained a raise at my current job and have approx. 1500 USD that I could put down on a gaming/programming rig. I'm not very savvy at overclocking and I'd like to roll stock but have decent fps on current current generation games and gaming engines.
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  1. I'd say just get some more RAM, get a new GPU, and you'll be fine. Save/invest the rest of the money.

    Here's a chart showing the graphics card pecking order: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,2491-7.html

    You could easily upgrade to a 5770 and 4 GB of RAM (basically any CAS 7 RAM, recommend Gskill or Mushkin) for under $300.
  2. Thank you very much for your quick reply! I'll get to looking up parts.
  3. You could always upgrade to a C2Quad.

    Depending on how much of a fan of upgrading you are I'd tell you to go AM3, because AMD will be sticking with that socket for a while.

    The way I see it you should either "max" out what you have, go AM3 or go socket 1336 with a i7 920 (maybe they'll actually stick to that one for longer than just the six core that's coming out, but who really knows what intel's gonna do)

    Obviously, upgrading what you have or going AM3 would be the cheaper options.
  4. Well, going over the specs of my motherboard I was wondering if it's good to go with:

    for the memory upgrade. I'm still a little wary of what GPU to go with. Since I already have a NVidia gpu, I'd like to upgrade it along the same lines.
    looked to be in the same hierarchy tree on the january charts, but I am wondering if this will cause to much of a power draw, despite only being a single gpu.
  5. Holy crap. If you want to spend $200 on a graphics card, I have to tell you to go with a HD 4890.

    No, that PSU is fine for either of these.
    Since you've already got 2 gigs of DDR2, you could always just add another two. Going to 6 of DDR2 won't help you past this motherboard.
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