Looking for opinions on next best upgrade. Current system: AMD Phenom II 965 OC to 3.87GHz 8GB Ballistic DDR2-800 OC to 420MHz 120GB Agilty3 SSD Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P AMD Radeon 5750 Win7 Home Premium
I use the computer mainly for: Lord of the Rings Online RPG Games (Elder Scrolls, Civ, etc.) Video Server (PS3 Media Server) Video Ripping - Handbrake/DVDFab
I'm trying to decide between: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 + G.Skill 8GB DDR3-1600 and AMD Radeon 6950 Graphics Card
My thoughts are: Pro's for MB/Memory Move from AM2+ to AM3+ so inherent backbone capacity increase (HT, Northbridge, etc.) Higher Memory bandwidth for DDR3-1600 (Don't think this is a current bottleneck though) SATA 3 to max out SSD. Other HDs (generic programs and media discs) are SATA2.
Pro's for Graphics Card Would like to move to 3 head Eyefinity + feed to HDTV Video performance lowest score on Windows EI. (7.2 vs. rest of system is 7.4+) Love eye candy in LOTRO - currently getting 25-50FPS with High settings and DX10/DX11 options enabled.1
All feedback greatly appreciated.
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the 6950 would definatly improve preformance in skyrim, your cpu, and ram are fine as is in my opinion
upgrade the graphics card. you have plenty of ram and difference between ddr2 and ddr3 is minimal in actual everyday use.