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Next upgrade - mobo/memory vs. Graphics card

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December 29, 2011 1:11:35 AM

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
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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December 29, 2011 6:09:47 AM

the 6950 would definatly improve preformance in skyrim, your cpu, and ram are fine as is in my opinion
December 29, 2011 6:11:45 AM

upgrade the graphics card. you have plenty of ram and difference between ddr2 and ddr3 is minimal in actual everyday use.