Right now I am running a Phenom X4 B50 (3.6 Ghz oc), a 7200 RPM HDD and an xfx 6950 video card (shaders unlocked in bios to 6970). I run a triple monitor Eyefinity setup at 1920 x 1080 x 3. I would like to improve overall desktop snappiness while improving framerates in games. I can run Crysis 3 currently at about 30 FPS at Very High, but the limitation there is the Eyefinity as I can run it at about 50 FPS on a single monitor.
So, overall improvement in experience (i.e., speed), what is the better choice? I do mostly just MS Office, web browsing and gaming.
Thanks for the feedback. Yeah the second 6950 would beat all games into submission for sure. Right now, just the one 6950 pretty much slays everything maxxed except maybe Crysis 2, but even that can crank 5760 x 1080 on Very High and 35 - 40 FPS. If I am willing to go down a step to 4800 x 900 I can get 50 to 60 FPS (and honestly don't really notice the lower resolution).
People have been telling me that a fast SSD makes all the difference in the world in just normal desktop computing. Might try that. I did try a Phenom II X4 965 at 4.2 Ghz for a while and seriously didn't notice that it was mush faster than my cheapo B50 at 3.6.
Would an additional 6950 speed up my desktop experience at all? I wouldn't think so.
No not at all the ssd would speed up the load time of everything. This is includes load times, desktop loads would become quick, and almost every program will load a lot faster. Sure you might get amazing fps for one game ,but does it matter for just one game?? Why pay a lot just to get an extra 40% on one game you might only play a few hours?
Yep. I'm looking into SSD as well, and I also have a HD6950 ( I just updated my system specs in my profile). Unless you go for multi-monitor setup at full-tilt, another gpu sounds like overkill now, while the SSD will be a big improvement, speed-wise.
CPU upgrade - Overall better performance in general when it comes to process intensive tasks, but loading and saving times are not improved. Possible small improvement in games if video card is bottlenecked by the current CPU.
SSD upgrade - Better load and save times. Helps with overall performance since Windows, games and other apps will load faster. Less waiting time in general.
Video Card upgrade - Best improvement for gaming performance, but doesn't affect anything else.
If you want increased performance in games, then the obvious choice is another video card.