ECS AMD790GXM-AD3 mobo (never really cared for this board for some reason)
AMD Phenom II x4 965 proc
SAPPHIRE 100242-1GL Radeon HD 4850 1GB video card
2 - Corsair CM3X2G1333C9 2GB DIMM DDR3
WDC WD10EACS-00ZJB0 1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 5400rpm Slave drive
Seagate ST3250310NS 250GB, SATA150, 3.5", 7200rpm main drive
Xigmatek 750w NRP-MC751 power supply
Monitor res is 1920x1200
Im not 100% sure where to start on upgrading. I want to stay with my AMD proc and Corsair memory if at all possible (unless it would be a vast improvement to swap those). My budget atm for upgrades will be about 500.00 Im not a huge overclocker, but wouldnt mind getting components that would help me with minimal overclocking.
I am a heavy online gamer IE: Rift, World of Warcraft, EQ, EQ2, ect.
Video card and two more gigs of ram. 6970 if you want to stay with amd or 560Ti if nVidia is OK with you. PSU should be OK for either card, although I am not familiar with that brand in a PSU and don't see where you listed model. It should have enough to run those cards with zero issues.
Hmm that is an 8/8 Cfable board so if u think you won't game past 1920 x 1080 the HD 6870, GTX 560 and 1GB HD 6950 looks value for money - there are $199AR HD 6870s floating around Else 2GB HD 6950 for 30"/Eyefinity
Performance-wise, it looks like our setups are basically the same. I'm running a 965 on an MSI 790FX-GD70 with an HD 5770, 4gb ddr3-1333.
If you're looking for more gaming performance, then I'd definately go with a GTX 570 or 580, and you won't need another graphics card for a long, long time. I'd pick up some more RAM while you're at it (I just ordered an 8gb kit of G.Skill Sniper DDR3). It's at its cheapest right now, and
Other than that, I don't see much else worth upgrading right now. I'm about to order an HT Omega Striker 7.1 sound card, but I don't see any reason for you to spend $80 on one. And I agree, I don't really care for your motherboard, either. :SS
I will attest to the gtx 570 on the nvidia side. I helped a guy with a system, and using that,4 gb of ram, and 1090t, he could max the crysis demo at 1920x1080. Seemed like a good card for the price. If you do go with the 6950, the rumors are it can be flashed into a 6970. Anyone know if that's a for sure thing?