I have an "aging" computer that I use in my living for as a media hub and also for gaming on my 55" LED. Lately I have been feeling that my computer is starting to show it's age in regards to gaming requirements and also with processing the 10 gig 1080p video files. My AMD card failed a month ago and have been using my old GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB. What I'm really wanting to ask if you guys think that I need to do an overhaul of my system to the new Intel socket or that I could still get away with the Quad Core and just upgrade the video card/memory.
Well your CPU is still fast enough to handle a moderately fast GPU, though I wouldn't pair anything over $300 with it.
What do you want to do with it gaming-wise? The 8800GTS should still handle a lot of games just fine at 1080p as long as you don't use AA.
If it were me, I'd upgrade the GPU first and then see if I got performance I liked. If I didn't, I would then upgrade the CPU/Mobo/Ram as well
Thanks for the quick reply. Was/still kinda playing Skyrim. Not at the settings I was playing at but still playing. Also play/will be playing the Mass effect 2/3. Along with Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 (whenever that comes out). That's the planned road map for gaming.
You should definitively upgrade your GPU first. If you want all eye candies current games offer you need to get at least 6950 or 560Ti but I would go for 7950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can also clock your CPU little higher most people got around 3Ghz out of q6600. Anyways ebay is full of E8500 for around $80 I know it is dual core but it is clocked at 3.15Ghz stock and you can push it to 3.6-3.8 that will give you more life out of your aging system.