I'm looking to improve gaming performance. Tired of low FPS rates basically. Haven't touched anything computer related for awhiel so just looking for some tips!
Here are my specs:
8gb ram gskills sticks x4
p7p55d-e pro asus mobo
ati hd 5850 vid card (that constantly overheats and blackscreens my comp)
corsair tx750 psu
Rest are basic and irrelevant I think.
I generally play MMO'ish games like d3, gw2, ffxiv. Currently playing gw2 which I play on high ish settings but the fps isn't so great. Guess my budget would be about 400 but if gains are significant maybe 500 ish . I'm thinking I should upgrade my gpu first and then CPU and mobo? Not sure what I should get with that budget.
Get a HD7870 and see how it goes. Since you say your current graphics card overheats your PC, I'd get this one, which exhausts its heat: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (assuming it will fit in your case).
Edit: If you are still unsatisfied with performance, then you can look into a CPU/Mobo upgrade, but I'm doubtful you'll need that. Having more RAM than you need isn't hurting anything. Look at your case cooling too; make sure you have decent airflow, generally front to back.
If the graphics card alone doesn't do it, ScrewySqrl's CPU/mobo combination would work well, assuming you realize that CPU overclocking is not a requirement for a solid build. If you do want to OC, you'll want a Z77 board.
As for OC'ing I don't really want to bother since the last time I did it, my comp was unstable so I dropped it from 3.8 to 2.9gigs.
Ok so I guess I'll look into upgrading the gpu and see how it goes then do the cpu-mobo combo after.