I don't know if I should replace my Video card with a mid range card (660 Ti Whenever it comes out?) or if I should spend a little extra and just update the CPU/Mobo/RAM to an i5 2500K (or similarly priced CPU), 8-16 GB RAM.
Which one will give me the largest jump in overall game framerate?
I know my CPU would be bottlenecking the GPU, but I can't afford to get both at the moment.
Well for $350 Ill try and put something together for you, where you can improve on everything! here is goes. Because your problem will be that if you only upgrade one or two things, you will be bottlenecked.
CPU: AMD FX-6200, 6 Cores, and a very close Benchmark to the i5-2500k. Also, the extra cores will improve daily use of the computer as well. So similar Gameplay experience, and better casual use experience for much cheaper is a win win. $149 http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-6200-Processor-Socket-FD62...
Mobo: ASrock 970 Extreme3 I personally just picked this board up, and its an AMAZING buy for the price. Great product with many slots. This is somewhere you dont want to go overboard unless your trying to Crossfire intensely. So this product is great. *USB 3.0* $74.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So with those three we are at $343. Now for the best deal I can get you on the ram.
RAM: Start your self with 4gb DDR3 Ram. Here is a value ram that is 5 eggs on newegg orginally $15 for 2gb.
I don't count rebates. but for $350, how about this:
i3-2105: $124.99 w/ promo code
Gigabyte H61: $60
G.Skill 4 GB DDR3-1333: $21
Sapphire HD 6850: $140
total $342.96 before shipping and rebates.
with a bios upgrade, the board will take an ivy bridge later, even though this is dua;l core. the AMD processors have NOT measured up to Sandy Bridge, in spite of the previous poster's claim.
....So because Intels top cards beat out AMDs, that makes all AMD cards inferior? Not really, Ill go with a 4-6-8 core CPU that will work overall better than a 2 core that cannot be OC at all. for the same price