currently have a Q6600 @3.2Ghz with 4GB DDR2 RAM on a J7W IP35-PRO Motherboard, 520w Corsair Power Supply 500GB Samsung Hard Drive (3Gb/s) and a 560 Ti Graphics Card.
With the current setup I have I'm starting to believe it's definitely time for an upgrade, games such as ARMA 2 for example and Metro 2033 seems to be a bit too much of a stretch now for the Processor. So, I'm looking to upgrade in order to play games such as ARMA 2 and even ARMA 3 when it's out (supposedly same specs to run both games well) as ARMA 2 seems pretty bad on the Processor and Hard drive. I know going the AMD route and using the older Phenom ii's would probably be the cheapest route but would that be possible in terms of future upgrades (I.e. going from a Phenom ii to Piledriver on the same Motherboard) ?
Or, would the Intel route be best... possibly getting a i3-2100 or 2120 and upgrading later on (but would these be sufficient for a game like ARMA 2)
The budget I have would allow for me to get up to an I7 2600k and decent motherboard. However, I would also like to know what the best sort of route to go in order to play the stated games at decent frame rates and maintaining a good price/performance ratio.
Overclocking is also possibility for me as I'm guessing a future Power Supply upgrade will be on the list of thing to get.
If anyone can recommend Good Processor/RAM/Motherboards to go and get, it would be appreciated.