Thanks ct1615. I'm curious where i'd get the most bang for my buck though. Ie. I can get a Core2Quad 9550 or 9650 for around $300. Where as a new i7 system with DD3 would probably cost me around a grande. However, i don't want to be wasting $300 for not much performance increase.
Just note in your mind, if u decided to go for LGA 1156 or LGA 1366, put it in your mind that you would want a mid range MOBO, i5 - i7 processor, mid range ram, which estimated at around $800ish or more.
Also, you better check some reviews on core 2 quad processors such as Q9550, Q9650 compared to i7 920 or whatsoever iCPU out there, then make up your mind.
As me? i just bought a Q9650 and going to OC it up to 4.2Ghz or so, as i game much and i am very very very happy with this Q9650 purchase.
If you have the money and going to spend more to LGA1366, then go ahead. But be ware, i9 is coming already
Thank you all for your help! I think you've talked me out of the Core2Quad route. I have access to an XFX HD 5870. I think i'll give that a try next. I also like the idea of an overall boost with the SSD. Do those really make a big difference in load times?
I doubt for your money you can increase your game experience much more then it is now. You could increase your all around performance with a Intel SSD.
Quoted For Truth. And yah - It makes a noticable difference in load times. Though not, as pointed out, in FPS once all is loaded and running.
On a cost per GB worth of storage basis, though, SSD's are VERY expensive. So the current wisdom is to use a Small~medium sized SSD (80~128GB) for your operating system and a key applications(games) for best performance. Then use a large capacity, standard (rotating) hard drive for your Data (music, videos, pictures, and whatnot).