Upgrade cpu, MB and Ram or Video card

Well tax time is approaching which means christmas for papa, the kids had thier turn. Im thinking of upgrading something in my desktop but not sure what because im not sure what will give me the most benefit. Currently running a Q6600 with 4 gig of DDR2 and a Geforce 250 GTS 512 .

I dont know if I should 1. upgrade to the new 2600k with mobo and ram . 2 upgrade the video card to a 300 dollar plus video card, or three go with a mid range 200 dollar video card and a mid to higher range amd processor. I only plan to spend between 4-6 hundred and if its not enough of a perfomance increase i dont see the point in doing it.

I play wow. ALOT . I was great on Ultra before the last patch with the graphics upgrades. Now not so much even tho i cant bring myself to lower the graphics so i lag in heavy spell casting or heavy traffic areas. Especially around flames . Done alot of reading and to tell you the truth , it just doesnt seem to be as plain and simple as it used to be. It used to be you had pretty straight forward setups for your low range mid range and high performance gaming builds. .. not so much anymore . Could I get some opinions on where I would do best at upgrading? would a higher performance video card help ? or would my cpu and ram just bottleneck it .

I would like to try to get into a Directx 11 cards as wow has directx 11 support in testing now and toms hardware reported a decent fps increase just from switching to dx 11

Thanks guys I hope i spelled that out as plainly as possible and I really appreciate everyone input
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  1. Ok, just to tidy up the post into a format all are more comfortable with:

    Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple weeks


    Budget Range: 500 - 600 USD

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily gaming (World of Warcraft , Rift)

    Parts Not Required: keyboard/mouse/monitor/Windows, case, PSU, HDD, DVD Drive

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

    Country of Origin: US

    Parts Preferences: None


    Overclocking: Very Possible

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1680X1050


    Additional Comments:
    This is an upgrade to the current PC which is showing its signs of age. As shown in the first post the main items I am looking to replace are:
    Geforce GTS 250 512
    Q6600
    4gb RAM DDR2

    Im just interesting in bringing the machine up to par with the performance impact wow's recent upgrade has had, and to play newer games like Rift and Blackops without breaking the bank


    I hope that helps malmental Sorry I rambled in my first post
  2. Intel Build:
    CPU: I5-2500K $225
    RAM: G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333 CL8 $49
    GPU: MSI Twin Frozr II 5850 $190
    Mobo: MSI P67A-C43 $130

    AMD Build:
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 $145
    RAM: G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333 CL8 $49
    GPU: XFX HD 6950 $310
    Mobo: MSI 870A-G54 $100

    Originally, I would have recommended the AMD build because the CPU/mobo is cheaper allowing you to spend more money on the GPU but after reviewing some benchmarks, the I5-2500K can make quite a difference.
  3. If your main goal is really just to give WoW a boost, I would suggest you just get a 5850 or even a 6850 (~200$) and OC your Q6600 if you didn't already do so (a 3rd party cooler and thermal paste could be required). I would keep the extra $$$ and save it to complete Grove's Intel build with an i5-2500K later this year or next year.
  4. I would love to overclock my cpu however my board is an intel board from Acer computer that I purchased for the cheap when Circuit City was going out of business , of course the only original thing left is the board and the cpu , but now I cant do anything with the board The overclocking features are locked.

    Possible System 1.

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130544

    Cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    $680

    Possible System 2.

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131668

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150518

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    $670

    The second build leaves me with an open pci -x slot for when I can afford to get another card.

    What do you think of these two for or against or any substitutions you might make.

    I might have to buy my wife something nice to swing spending over 600 but its worth it

    Thanks guys
  5. For the 1st build, everything looks good but I'd recommend this 6870 instead.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121418
    Same price but much better cooler.

    EDIT: This mobo says it has two X16 slots but it doesn't elaborate on if they operate at x16/x8/x4/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130551

    For the 2nd system, you could save a little by getting the Phenom II X4 955 instead of the 965. Also, the 2nd PCIE slot on that mobo operates at X4 which would be a big bottleneck. Look for X8/X8 or X16/X16.
  6. If you get the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, I suggest you also get the ACK-I5361, the mounting bracket will also be good for your future LGA1155 board anyway ;). Be careful, Xigmatek has different mounting brackets depending on the HSF, the one I liked is for the HDT-S1283.
  7. Grove said:
    EDIT: This mobo says it has two X16 slots but it doesn't elaborate on if they operate at x16/x8/x4/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130551
    The manufacturer's website says it's x16 and x8.
  8. At $825 I could do something outstanding :

    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro w/ ntel Core i5-2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884

    RAM - $70 - (2 x 2GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103

    GFX - $360 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593

    At $600 :

    MoBo and CPU I wouldn't cut as the next board down is $30 cheaper but ya lose the $20 combo savings

    Could save $20 on RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884

    So that means a $155 vid card to hit a $600 budget ... the one in bold is $5 over

    Choices:

    $120 Asus 5770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121363
    $140 Asus 460 GTX 768 MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121390
    $150 EVGA 460 GTX 768 MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130563
    $160 EVGA 460 GTX 1 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591
    $165 Saphire 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    $190 Asus 6850 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121419

    For Wow, you'll see that the nVidia 460 cards outperform the ATI 6870 cards in THG's benchmarks by 12%

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/world-of-warcraft-cataclysm-directx-11-performance,2793-3.html

    460 gets 90, 82,60 (232 total)
    6870 gets 78, 71, 59 (208 total)
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