I'm kind of new to the PC gaming world. I built this computer at the beginning of the summer on a semi-limited budget, and it has worked very well for me. I've gotten more than enough performance on most of the games I play. However, I would like to be able to play more of the newer titles more easily.
I'd just like to know if you guys could tell me where my PC is being limited, and where I should upgrade. Or if I should just wait for Ivy Bridge + Kepler and do a large overhaul. My budget is not *very* limited, but I'd like not to go overboard and stay efficient with my money. Without further ado, here is my build:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2GHz 6-Core
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5"
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 1GB
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
Where am I bottlenecking? What should I upgrade? Should I wait for the new Intel + nVidia products and transfer over?
If there's a bottleneck anywhere in your system it's in the fact that you're running a magnetic drive. They aren't fast enough for most anything (at least once you've run ssd).
I would suggest upgrading to a 120gb SSD boot drive. There's only a few places where you'll see a boost in performance, but it's definitely something you will feel in every little thing you do. It'll make your computer feel like it's a whole new beast with power to spare for years to come. True story.
What's all the business about an SSD? How would it really help me out, and which one should I get?
An SSD is a Solid State Drive. It is like a very small, VERY fast hard drive. They are expensive though, but right now, so are hard drives. Basically, an SSD will give you a lot of everyday work performance, load games quicker, but it won't give you any more FPS in games. In the odd situation it does somehow give more FPS, it wont be much.