Thanks for taking time to read and respond to this post in advance.
I built my computer two, maybe three, years ago. I'm trying to decide if upgrading it would be beneficial or if I should just hold off and build a completely new one. I currently have around $300 to spend so I'd like to get the most bang for my buck.
This is the current build:
Upgrading the video card goes hand in hand with upgrading the monitor. I would raise some more money and get a new monitor and a HD 6850/GTX460.
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you don't get a new monitor, upgrading the video card doesn't make much sense.
I'd agree with mosox's recommendation of the monitor/GPU upgrade now (or soon). I'd also recommend, knowing that particular upgrade itch, waiting until the new Sandy Bridge CPUs become available early next year for a complete system overhaul.
Thanks for the info guys. It definitely helps to shape priorities. I will check out some pricing on a new monitor and GPU. And I've been debating on OC my Q6600 but will that really help performance for gaming?
If the game(s) you're playing is(are) currently CPU bound, then yes. Overclocking will give you better performance. If you're not sure, turn down your graphic settings a bit in game (easiest would be resolution). If you don't see an increase in frame rate, then your game is most likely CPU bound.