Last year, I upgraded my motherboard, cpu, and memory to an i5-2500k setup with 8gb of ram. I use a 4850 graphics card and have a 7200rpm hard drive.
I can probably swing about $200 this year to upgrade the computer. I'm weighing a new graphics card (thinking about the 7850) or a SSD. My gaming is mostly MMO (Lotro, SWTOR, DCUO) with some other current release stuff, but I don't really do FPS. I don't do any other computing that places much demand on the system, though the quicker boot time of the SSD would probably be appreciated by all users.
Any recommendations on where that $200 would be best spent, whether on the GPU, the SSD, or something else? I'm not in a particular hurry, so I can hold off until fall to see if prices fall further.
Get a GPU that supports DX11. BestBuy has the PNY gtx560ti for $150 right now which is a great deal.
Or you could just get something like a HD7770 which will run the games you like really well and spend the extra $75 on a 64GB SSD to use as a system drive. That's probably what I would do if I were in your shoes.
The 4850 runs the stuff I do OK (with dialed down graphics quality), but doesn't support DX11, so that would be a plus to upgrading the card.
If I did something like a 64gb ssd, I assume I would mainly be putting my OS on it without much else. Is that where the main benefit of the SSD is seen, vs getting a larger drive that can handle putting the games themselves on it? May be worth a new post, but it's something I've researched and haven't really found a definite answer to.
I would wait for a HD 7850 sale for just over $200 and buy.
I would not go below120 GB SSD if you go that route you should be able to pick one up for just under $100. I have a 180 GB w/ 2 games (Diablo 3 and World of Tanks), Win 7 and I've used about 1/3 of my SSD.
If you can find large amounts of black powder at local stores, I would recommend buying as much as you can for $200, then packing it into the tightest container you can find. You may need to budget in $5 for duct tape. Use a long fuse.
Thats probably the best bang you can get for for $200.