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Need help deciding on an upgrade path for my system. The way I see it I have two options. Here are my current specs.

Abit IP35-Pro @ 448Mhz
Q9550 @ 3.8Ghz
8GB GSkill PC-800 memory
GTX 295 @ 620/1370/1150

1) Upgrade to a GTX 580 to be able to use DX11 and wait for the next Intel CPUs.

2) Upgrade my CPU/Mobo/Memory to an i5 2500k and overclock it while I wait for the next round of GPUs.

Now I don't know if the CPU I have would limit the GTX 580 in some way and I should just go with new CPU etc. Or if I would be better served sticking it out with my Q9550 for the time being and grabbing a faster DX11 card.

My Motherboard is stuck with PCI-E 1.0a and the PCI-E slots are 16x/4x electrical so doing crossfire would limit one card's performance again.

Thanks for any suggestions
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Upgrade my CPU/Mobo/Memory to an i5 2500k and overclock it while I wait for the next round of GPUs.
That would be the best option in my option the SandyBridge processors are extemely fast. You might be able to sell that CPU for a nice amount.
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It's a C1 stepping (not the best overclockers). I was lucky to get it to 3.8 and I'm sure the voltage and temps could be lower with a better stepping. So I dunno if it would sell that well.

Either way, you're saying upgrading to SB would be the better bet while I wait it out for the next round of video cards?
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
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