To upgrade or not? That is the question.

Hi guys,
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:

*PC Power and Cooling S61EPS 610W

*EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS

*OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

*MSI P35 Neo2-FR Intel P35 Core 2 Quad Socket 775 1333MHz PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066)

*Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz 1066mhz 8MB S775

*Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive


I've had no troubles to date with this setup but I'm getting antsy to try something newer.
What would you upgrade first and why? Thanks again!
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  1. You can get an aftermarket cooler like CM Hyper 212+ and OC that CPU to 3GHz.
    You can get a new video card, say a HD 6870 or GTX 470. What monitor do you have?
  2. I currently use a Dell 19" LCD w/ DVI
  3. 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=N82E16824236059
    If you don't get a new monitor, upgrading the video card doesn't make much sense.
  4. 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.

    -Wolf sends
  5. 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?
  6. 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.

    -Wolf sends
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