Ok, here's my current build:
4gb OCZ 800 DDR2
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @2.4GHz
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R (handles DDR2/DDR3)
Antec 650w PSU
64gb patriot SSD (+1TB HDD)
*No GPU - it died*
So my question is, with a budget of $700-$750, what should I do to maximize gaming performance? My first thought was just to buy a 5970, and overclock my Q6600 (which I've heard is an excellent overclocker). But how much of a bottleneck would my other older components be? Is it a better option to go with a less powerful GPU, and instead upgrade to DDR3 RAM (my motherboard has slots for DDR2 and DDR3)? The end goal is to maximize FPS in games, any thoughts? Thanks!
Ok, thanks. Either way I'm going to wait for the Fermi, just to see the benchmarks. Assuming a worst case scenario and I end up spending $700 on a card, I am left with $50 for a CPU fan. This one - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
got the highest rating of any cooler on newegg, I'm thinking I should go with this one?