Long time reader, first time poster. Looking for some second opinions.
This is my system as is stands now:
Zalman Z11 case
EVGA P55 FTW
EVGA Super Cooler
EVGA GTX 295 CO-OP FTW 1.79GB
Intel Xeon X3450 Engineering Sample (4 core - 8 threads) @ 3.7ghz HT on, Turbo disabled
8GB Corsair Ballistix Tactical at 1600 with 9-9-9-24 timings
OCZ Agility3 60GB OS drive
300GB Seagate Spinner
FSP Aurum Gold 750w PSU
40" Toshiba HDTV 1080p/60hz as primary monitor
Would I be better off upgrading to a new Z77 Mobo with an Ivy Bridge i5 and keeping my current GTX295 for while or simply upgrading to an HD7950 and waiting for the next best thing from Intel or AMD?
No fan boys here please. I have no problem with Intel/AMD CPU's or Nvidia/AMD GPU's. I'll go for whatever makes the most sense for my situation. This is a 90% gaming machine, no rendering or encoding is done on this PC besides the rare encoding of a movie or two.