My current computer has: CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 6000+ 3.0 GHz Processor Motherboard: ASUS M2N-E Motherboard Memory: 2G RAM Storage: 500G (not sure what brand but I bought this in 2006) Video Card: Radeon 5770 HD Case: Thermaltake Armor Jr. Mid Tower Case Power Supply: Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan Optical Drive: I have one but it was bought in 2006, will it still be compatible with an upgrade? Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 1680 x 1050
My budget is $500 and I am planning to just upgrade my CPU, motherboard, memory and storage. With my 5770, I seem to be able to run borderlands 2 (can sometimes get 40 fps) and some other games... HOWEVER there is a lot of stuttering with newer games. I am pretty sure my system is bottle necking my GPU, am I right? If I upgrade can I expect a significant increase in fps?
What do you guys think of crossfiring 5770s, would that be a good option if I wanted a cheap graphics performance upgrade. It would be great if I could run Far Cry 3 at 1680 x 1050 resolution. Or should I just go for the 7850 but I am not sure if this will fit my budget.
With this computer I plan to play video games and also use it for MATLAB, Solidworks and other 3D modelling software. Is Intel Core i5-3570K a good CPU for this? How risky is overclocking a CPU?