I've been having some problems with my ~3 year old build, I think the mobo is starting to go, or maybe the PSU, regardless its a good excuse to upgrade .
My current specs are as follows:
Intel C2D E6600 at stock 2.4 ghz
4 gb ddr2 800mhz
Intel 775 gigabyte mobo
ocz 650w psu
The graphics card is a new part after my 8800 gtx stopped working, and I'm pretty happy with it, so I'm not looking to upgrade it unless it really is necessary.
I'm leaning towards an AMD phenom II 955 black edition with an AM3/AM2+/AM2 mobo so I can keep my current ram. Money isn't really a huge issue, but I'd like the best bang for my buck.
My question is, will I be happier with an i5 setup? The cpu would cost more, the mobo would cost more, and I would have to get new ram as well. The only game I've run into trouble running at decent fps is the FFXIV beta, and I think my cpu is the main culprit.
What kind of difference in performance am I looking at between the phenom II 955 vs say an intel i5 750, I'm not looking for the best possible performance, ~60 fps at high settings for most games will make me happy, and at the moment I'm only running at 1440x990, though I would like to be able to run at 1080p if I ever decide to go with a bigger monitor.