I'm looking into upgrading my current computer, but I'm not sure exactly where I would benefit the most. I do a lot of gaming, FPS and RTS mostly.
I'm currently running;
Asus P5K Pro MB
C2D E8400 OC'd to 4.0ghz
ATI Radeon HD 4850 512mb
I run a Samsung 22" Monitor @ 1680x1050
Windows 7 x64
I just ordered a Samsung 128G SSD, since I'm thinking that's my biggest bottleneck.
What would give me the most bang for my buck on the upgrade path? I'd like to spend around another $400-500.
I honestly don't know how much the processor vs video card is making a difference, I don't have issues currently playing anything at all. I know my current MB is only SATAII, so I'm going to be throttling the SSD the ~18% or so.
I'm assuming the SSD will be the most beneficial, so if I need to do a full format/reinstall from scratch to replace my OS drive, I figure it's best to do any other configuration changes that will keep me running for another year or two now.
I honestly get confused because I don't need top of the line, but it's harder to distinguish value in the middle ranges of components.
Thanks a ton! I have a friend that goes to school in Cambridge Mass, which has a MicroCetner, and he comes home for the weekends. I had him pick up the i5-3570k + Asrock Z77 Extreme4 that you suggested from MicroCenter. I bought 2x8g ram from Newegg and finished the build a few hours ago. Now I just have to wait on a deal on a video card. With the new SSD drive, this thing is just unbelievably fast.