Not sure which path

Hello all. I will start by listing my current build.

MB: MSI 990XA-GD55
CPU: AMD FX4100 (O.C. 4.3GHz)
Cooler: Cooler Master HyperX 212 Evo
RAM: G Skill 2x4GB 1600
Case: Antec 300
GPU: BFG GTX 285 1GB
HDD: WD 640GB 7200


I am going to be spending about $300 on upgrades in the next month. I am not sure what part is in the most need of it though. I am in driving range of Micro center so I can get really good deals on CPU MB Combos there pretty much always. My thoughts so far have been between a new GPU such as GTX 570, or a CPU MB upgrade to either the core i5 2500k or new ivy bridge core i5 3570k.

I mostly use the computer for gaming so I assume that the GPU would give me the most FPS increase but I know there is huge performance increase in the new GTX 670s and would love to get my hands on one of them but know that it is still a bit out of my price range and will be until the fall.

I know that the FX4100 is an awful processor and only got it at the time because it fit my price range. At Micro center I can get either of the i 5s i mentioned for less than $190 and big discounts on the MB to pair it with.

What are your thoughts?
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  1. Upgrade your GPU to see the biggest performance improvement since you play games. Your cpu is fine and it has a respectable overclock
  2. I can agree with alvine but... FX series was a rather disappointment to me
  3. Do you think there will be a bottleneck with the fx4100 coming if I end up doing SLI or go up to the 670?
  4. depends on what resolution you are playing on. bottlenecks can be reduced with setting the highest resolution/ turning the eye candy on. i would suggest getting a single more powerfull gpu (670 in this case) rather than getting another 285. With sli you have some driver issues, twice as much heat and power consumption, you have to wait for sli profiles for the newest games. I have upgraded from 280's in sli to a single 7970 and boy its a night and day difference my room stays cool now and i can play bf3 with all of the eye candy turned on :)
  5. Aim for 4.8ghz on the 4100 and grab a radeon 7870!
  6. I can't afford the GTX 670 right now. All that I have seen are over $400 and I will have no more than $300. If I go the way of the 670 I cant afford to do it till at least fall. Right now the best available in my range is the 570. I have never used radeon before. What do they offer in the price range that would outperform a 570?
  7. For $300 the best cards you can get right now would be the GTX 570 as you said, and the Radeon HD 7850, which performs similarly to the 570. The 7870 goes for $350 and performs similarly to the GTX 580. Unfortunately these prices probably won't change for a while yet as nvidia is being very slow about releasing their mainstream cards, so the 7850 and 7870 continue to be priced rather high as there is no competition for them aside from older nvidia products like the 570 and 580.
  8. 7850 is $220 After Rebate!
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