I've been wanting to upgrade so that I get better performance while playing current gen games. I'll use Planetside 2 as an example of a game I've been trying to play.
I'm on a very strict budget with this upgrade.
The way I see it, I have 2 choices. I can either upgrade the motherboard/cpu/memory, or I can upgrade my videocard. Both upgrades are going to cost about the same amount. I have only freed up enough $$$ to do one or the other, but not both.
So herein lies my question. Which do you think would get me closer to being able to play planetside 2 at an acceptable frame rate? I also use this computer for some video encoding and 3D rendering.
Upgrade option #2
Videocard - I haven't really decided on the exact videocard yet, but from what I've seen, $250 is going to be my target price to get me into a current gen GPU. (suggestions would be helpful).
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I'll be looking forward to reading your suggestions.
I think you need both. If you upgrade just one, then it's going to be lopsided. If you could magically find an extra $100-150, I would suggest a fx-6300, new board, new RAM and a 7870.
However, I think maybe you could add a 7850 and Phenom 965 BE now on your budget. That would be a solid upgrade across the board (about 20-25% CPU and 100% GPU gain). Then you could sell all your old parts on ebay and hopefully get enough for a more modern board and RAM to add a bit later. I think you should be able to get about $40-50 for the Athlon and $50-60 for the 5770.