Upgrade Advice

So I kind of upgraded myself into a corner. I can't justify upgrading anything at the moment but know that I want to. The only thing Ive considered is getting 2x 5850s and putting them in Xfire (anything bigger doesnt fit in the Storm) with a new PSU, and getting a second 2tb Hitachi since Ive had such a good experience with it. No real need for a ssd because im currently averaging 230mb/s+ read and write. Anyone have a Q9650 they want to sell? :)

Motherboard: Gigabyte P45 UD3P
CPU: Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.6GHz [G0 Stepping]
(450 x 8|1.456vcore|1.36 VTT|1.45 PLL|LLC)
HSF: Zalman CNPS 9900 [Copper + AS5]
Memory: 4Gb G Skill DDR2 1066 @ 900MHz (5-5-5-15)
Hard Drive: 2x Seagate 7200.12 - 500Gb (RAID 0)
1x Hitachi Deskstar 7200 RPM - 2Tb (Shared Storage)
GPU: GTX 295 (650MHz Core|1.35GHz Shader|2.1GHz Mem)
Case: Cooler Master "Scout"
(4x 120mm Enermax fans [70 CFM]|1x 140mm fans)
PSU: Cooler Master UCP 700w 80+ Silver
Speakers: Logitech X-540 5.1
Monitor: 21.5" Asus (1920 x 1080) 2ms
Mouse: OCZ Behemoth (3200 DPI, 1000Hz)
Mouse Pad: FUNC Surface 1030

^^^ current setup

Thoughts? Suggestions? etc
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  1. It doesn't look too bad right now. If you're just itching to upgrade, I would upgrade the main parts of the build to stay current and leave some room for the GPU upgrade (i5-750, Asus P7P55D-E Pro and 4 GB DDR3, HAF 922 for size). Of course, that's about $600, and is basicaly a rebuild.
  2. Yeah. Id looked at that board and RAM, but wanted an i7 860. Decided against it. I suppose I'll wait to see if Intel drops a non extreme hexa core anytime in the near future, then jump on with a cheap x58 setup. If not, then here's hoping Bulldozer brings AMD back to the performance race in 2011. Thanks
  3. I wouldn't expect Intel to release a cheaper hexa-core. Besides, practically no one actually NEEDS a hexa-core, much less one that's $1,200.
  4. lol. Id heard they were going to, just a matter of when. And I dont need one for gaming, I run multiple virtual machines and do lots of compression and video and music editing. So twelve threads at over 4GHz sounded really appealing.
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