I am looking to update my current system that I mostly use for video editing, internet surfing and gaming.
The games I usually play (and record videos using FRAPS) are GTA IV, Team Fortress 2, Crysis 2, Just Cause 2, Sims 3. Oh, and just recently I have started to use software called Source Filmmaker that makes my CPU work up to 100%!
My current system:
OS: Windows 7, 32bit
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo e8400 @3.8GHz (when playing games)
GPU: Gigabyte gtx 460 1gb
RAM: DDR2 800 1gb x2
PSU: OCZ ModXstream Pro 700W
HDD: Samsung HD403 LJ ATA device (372GB)
Monitor: Samsung S24A350H 1920:1080
The parts I would like to upgrade are as following:
MB: ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 (if going Intel road)
CPU: AMD FX-6200 / FX-8120 / II X4 965 BE or Intel i5 2500k / i5 3570k (expensive...)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
HDD: Looking for something cheap yet reliable (no more than 1TB)
I am not sure whether I should go the Intel's road or AMD's, however, I'd prefer to go the cheapest yet most effective way.
You see, the price difference between AMD and Intel is huge!
Also, my current setup (except GPU and PSU) is ~4 years old, and most games are playable, though the overall performance is getting slow.
I have heard the best way would be to get i5 2500k but it costs double as much as some of the AMD CPUs.
I'd say grab a 2500K or 3570K for about $220, a decent motherboard in the range of $160-180, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM for $50. Your PSU/GPU are fine for now. You can maybe upgrade the GPU in another year or two, while the other stuff should be good for a while.
You could go for a good Core 2 Quad and maybe overclock it. That would give similar CPU performance to what AMD is offering with the FX-4100 and their Phenom II x4 CPUs, even when overclocking them are considered, but would mean that you don't need to replace the motherboard. A single Core 2 Quad and a higher capacity RAM kit would probably be cheaper than a new AMD CPU plus a DDR3 RAM kit and motherboard. If your current motherboard is starting to hurt, then maybe it's not a better way to go, but it might be worth considering to save a few bucks for other upgrades.