I have been itching to upgrade my computer that I built December 2008. It has e8400, evga 896mb gtx260, gigabyte p45 mobo, 4GB ocz ram and a pc power and cooling 610 watt psu. I am in no hurry to upgrade but there are some deals on newegg that make me think it could be a good time.
Budget is 600-800USD
System usage mostly gaming (dota2 diablo3 cs:go borderlands 2 etc)
Would like to only upgrade mobo gpu cpu ram if possible
Part preference: Intel and Nvidia
I am considering the following:
well if you can wait just go get the ivy i5 and a lower end kepler, should blast you away with awesome performance compared to your old 2008 build,
lol a friend of mine last year was blown away, he was using a compaq pentium III since he only game starcraft broodwar and command and conquer tibirium sun(i play this sometimes on my old system)
he was busy most of the time on his other things and play casual on those games,
then i talked to him about getting a better system like a low-mid range system.
using a gtx560ti and a i3 2100 and played bf3 (first time playing any bf games) lol he was trying to explain how his experience was but he was like almost speechless and don't know what to say and just said 5H1T and later on told me how amazing technology has evolved.
well with your system you won't notice much difference since your gaming on 3d world. but you would notice more smoothness and more details like cracks on walls and stuff and a much amazing gameplay
I suggest i5 2500k, its only a few bucks off and you can overclock it when you feel like it
the longer you hold out the better value you get. But this is ALWAYS true, there is always something else coming.
So if you can, wait, if not, you will see major improvement with your build, but better improvement if you balance it out with a slightly less powerful MOBO (which you can't use the features of due to CPU)
Getting the 6950 means you can likely either unlock (if you find the older one) or at least clock it to the same as the 6970.
Either way, I am just offering my personal opinion.