I have a $450 budget for upgrades on my gaming PC. It will be the only upgrade for a while. I am already getting another 500GB HDD (outside budget).
My specs are -
AMD Phenom ii X4 955 @ 3.612 OC
3 X 2GB Dual Channel
Pretty simple really... I am looking to improve FPS in games, but I also want it to be future proof.
I am considering getting an i5-3570K and trying to hit 4.1Ghz OC with fairly good temps. What motherboard and cooler would be up for the task?
I've put this in CPUs because I don't want to get a new graphics card in a years time and find my phenom 955 is bottlenecking it (this is what I mean by future proof). Basically which direction should I go for upgrading with my budget?
I am thinking about spending a little more and getting the 7970 would the FPS be bottlenecked with my current CPU? What kind of FPS increase would I see with the i5 above with the 7970 compared to my phenom 955?