I'm currently running quite an old system, but put a new mid-range graphics card in over a year ago to try and keep it 'current' enough to play some of the latest games. Now I'm getting more time, I'm looking to invest into upgrading it to a modern gaming PC as im really struggling to run games like BF3 with good enough FPS to play properly online even on the lowest settings - I'm guessing mostly because of a CPU bottleneck?
I obviously want to bring it back upto date making it a decent gaming system, and had originally wanted to add the I5 2500K, a decent overclocking motherboard and up the Ram to 8GB, whilst holding onto the graphics card for a bit longer. What's the best option for me here? obviously i don't want to upgrade now to regret it later when Ivy Bridge comes out; but im struggling to run some games. I have heard that by using the same socket the new processors will be backwards comparable on some motherboards? if this is true it makes the option of upgrading now more appealing, as in a year or so I could drop the i5.
I've got 4890 1GB which is slightly faster than 5770 and I am able to play BF 3 on high settings, so you should go for i5 2500 K. Of course you'll need a new motherboard , so take Asus P8Z68-V LE, ASRock Z68 Pro3 or ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3. For now 4GB is enough for gaming, but RAMs are really cheap right now so you can take 4GB more