Trying to determine system bottleneck please help

Processor: Q6600 @ 2.4ghz
Ram 8 GB DDR 2 OCZ dont know the speed (4 sticks)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512
Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 64 GB SSD + 640gb Western Digital 7200 RPM for storage
Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP35-Ds3l does not support SLI only DDr2 ram

I mostly play games and do not do any video editing and rarely encode video files.

The games I play are Battlefield Bad Company, WoW, Starcraft 2 and CS: Source

I am debating upgrading my Proc/Ram/Mobo since my mobo does not support SLI however I think that my system may benefit from a graphics card upgrade instead?

What do you guys think upgrade Pro/Mobo/Memory or Graphics card unfortunately I cannot do both. If i upgrade the processor it will be the i7-930 from Microcenter for $200.


proc/mobo/mem upgrade $460-500 (will get i7-930 if i upgrad proc/mobo/mem)

Graphics card $160-230 (can spend more if it is worth the cost per $)
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  1. It's always nice if you can upgrade your prime hardware, but that includes the graphics card. Given the choices you gave us it would definitely be the graphics card. Guessing at your budget it is probably around $200 to $350? ( Proc/Ram/Mobo) so I would go with the SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card for $140 Or if I'm actually close to the mark then maybe the SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity for $289 after MIR.
    Anyway give us an idea of what your price range actually is and we can help some more. If it's big enough maybe we can actually build you most of a system. Some of these guys/gals are really great at finding awesome deals and combos.
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    GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

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    SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    select item 3 quantity of item 3
    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8
    Item #: N82E16820145263

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    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    Subtotal: $559.96

    This would bring you up to speed for todays games, Really no point going with a X58 i7 930 6 gigs of ram setup for gaming.

    If your set with a i7 930 setup, get a new GPU now and OC your CPU to 3.1 should do the trick.

    BTW did you play Anarchy online ?
  4. For got to ask what rez do you game @ ?
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