Upgrading my system for graphic performance, need advice

Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range: preferably less then 500€ before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: FPS gaming, mostly ArmA 2, ArmA 3 and DayZ standalone - also some Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 and EVE

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: actually that's my question^^

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.de

Location: Siegburg/Germany

Parts Preferences: Asus, Intel, Zalman

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, small chance to go for a triple head with 5760x1080 again if new gfx allows, but no priority/not neccessery

Additional Comments: -/-

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
i would like to maximize my FPS at high settings and high view distance on 1920x1080 (to maintain at least 30FPS at any given situation, for smooth recording), while keeping my expenses as low as possible.

Currently running on this setup:

Intel Quad Core (Intel Core i7-2600K, 3,4GHz, 8MB Cache, 1155)
Asus Sabertooth P67 Rev 3.0
G.Skill 1600-999 Sniper 8GB (1600 MHz, 240-polig DIMM, 2x 4GB) DDR3-RAM Kit
ASUS EAH6970 DCII 2DI4S 2GD5 2048MB DDR5 PCI-E 256bit
Zalman ZM600-HP PC 600 W ATX PFC

I am going to record PC gameplay with Elgato Game Capture HD, connecting to my iMac so no performance hit on my gaming rig.

What of the above would be worth to upgrade? Does it even make sense to upgrade individual parts, or would that make for bottlenecks? Anyone have a similiar setup with upgrade experience?

I'll need at least another graphic card, with HDMI output, since my Elgato seem to disagree with the DP signal i am trying to feed it. Elgato support didn't provide a final conclusion yet, so it seems there is no support for DP input. I figured graphic card update is due anyways.

I thought about going for a GTX660 / GTX660 TI (i like Asus, but if anyone can recommend another vendor i'd consider), and if really neccessery an i5-3470 / i5-3570 (ArmA is said to like Nvidia because of PhysX and to be extremly CPU hungry), and stick with the rest for now.

Does that make any sense at all :S

Thanks in advance for your help...

**edited after reading the sticky, sorry :S**
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  1. If you already have the i7-2600K, it is fine. No need to waste more money on a downgrade. As for changes, I'd get a cooler if you're going to overclock. And upgrade the GPU.

    +Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO or Noctua NH-D14
    - HD 6970
    +HD 7970 (I personally prefer Sapphire)
  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    So you'd go for AMD over Nvidia?
    Price/performance ratio wise or just personal preference?
  3. 1. Yes; I would.
    2. Both.
  4. nvm, just found this:

    7970 seem to be worth it and like about exactly what i need.
    Thanks a bunch :)
  5. it is not amd vs nvidia it depends on ur budget 7970 easily beats 660 ti
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