I'm looking to upgrade my system a bit I'm getting that itch, I've had my parts for about a year now and would like something new, while my parts are still worth something and will sell on ebay. Which is the best upgrade from my HD 6950? a new 7000 series card? or xfire another 6950? maybe I should just upgrade the CPU and MOBO? My usual reference for GPU and CPU pricing is Tom's hardware's Best (cpu/gpu) for the money: Monthly articles. I'm assuming if I upgraded my CPU I would go with a i5-2500k, which is $179 @ Microcenter, they match all prices. What do you think, I'm I overthinking this?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sub $300+ whatever I sell my current parts for on ebay.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, SC2, SWTOR, Skyrim
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: XFX HD6950 reference model
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Case: Antec 1200
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H
PSU: Antec 750 Blue
CPU: CPU Phenom II x4 965 OC'd to 4.0g
RAM:12G Kingston hyperx DDR3
HD: Os on SSD Vertex 3, Seagate 7200rpm drive
Diplays: 24inch Del Ultrasharp 1920x1200 and a 22' Acer @ 1680x1050
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Microcenter, Fry's, Newegg, Ebay? COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer ATI cards,
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 24inch Del Ultrasharp 1920x1200 and a 22' Acer @ 1680x1050
Ok well just because you rank SC2 so high, I would actually say go for an nVidia card. That's one of the few games that crossfire/SLi makes near to no difference in, and a GTX560 Ti runs it much better than a 6950 for some reason. In fact, my old GTX460 system gets better FPS in SC2 than my 6950 (maxxed)... So I'd say wait for the GTX660Ti or something similar. That said, I have nothing against AMD cards. Maybe look at a 7950, those run quite well, but not on the scale of the nVidia cards for some reason.
You can get an i5 2500k and you can keep your 6950 till something good will be launched. (no point changing gpu if you can't get +75% at least upgrade from the previous. And at the moment there is nothing that can give you +75%. At least from a single gpu solution.)
Interesting, I might consider waiting for a better Nvidia, but with cards coming out this spring do you think my CPU would be a bottleneck?
Honestly though SC2 runs fine on Extreme graphics settings, I guess its more for first person/3rd person type games like SKyrim or SWTOR, I get about anywhere from 45-80 FPS in SWTOR on High Settings. The more I talk about this it seems liek I really don't need a new GPU, lol. Maybe a CPU, but I just don't know whats the best investment.