First my current specs:
cpu - e6750 @ 3.0
mobo - asus p5n32-e
gpu - evga 8800gt superclocked
mem - 4 gb G.Skill DDR2 800
power - OCZ GameXStream 700
Now for the question. I want to upgrade to Sandy Bridge and can go one of two ways. Either spend more on new mobo/mem/cpu or get lower models and also upgrade the gpu.
mobo - Asus P8P67 Pro
cpu - i5 2500k
mem - 4gb G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 cas 9
gpu - evga GTX 465 Superclocked
mobo - Asus P8P67 Deluxe
cpu - i7 2600k
mem - 4 gb G.Skill Ripjaws x DDR3 1600 cas 7
If you were in my shoes which of these options would you choose (Only these 2 options)? I mainly game on this computer and would like something to last me two years or so. If I went with option 2 I would probably end up upgrading the vid card in closer to a year.
I'd probably go Option 1.
The 2500K is already a quad core. Its clocked pleanty fast. I'm hearing that most games aren't big on hyperthreading... so a big feature of the 2600K is lost on gaming. The Pro mobo looked perfectly fine. At those speeds, CAS 7 vs. CAS 9 probably only really shows a perceivable difference in benchmarks... The new GPU is where you'll really see an improvement in your gaming framerates, image quality, and resolution.