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I am looking to upgrade my rig soon and I am not sure what is most needed on my current setup.

My sig rig is what I have. Recently got a new 780I mobo, so I'm pretty sure I don't need a new board. It runs great so far.
I also upgraded to 64bit Ultimate, so I will be ordering 2gb more of my ram for that.
I'd like to upgrade my video card (current G80 640GTS) Looking at a 9800GTX, but I'm not 100% on that just yet. I'd go SLI, but not with the G80.. not good enough for an investment to it.
I'm worried that my E6600 cpu will or is bottlenecking my setup. I'd like to get an E8400, but would that be enough? Don't really need a quad, as I don't do any editing or anything that would require it. I can OC the 6600, but my newer board has higher potential than that. That and I have all stock cooling right now.
So I guess the bigger question, is if any of my current hardware is bottlenecking my system? And if I get a 9800GTX, will there by any issues from that? I think my current ram is ok, but with a 1333fsb cpu, would it effect it much? I got my cpu and ram because they both ran the same speed.. My RMA'd corsair ram I have now is running at 800 and are being RMA'd as soon as I get my replacements in.. I have noticed a difference between the 800 an 1066.. that is still my worry if I get a faster cpu.

Any suggestions are much appreciated!
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I would say get an E8400, other than that I think your good to go.
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I would try to max the E6600 first to see how far it can go. If you can push it above 3G, I would save money for now.
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I'd say your E6600 is good for a while, if you really want to upgrade get a Q6600/Q6700/E8400...If I were you I'd keep the 8800GTS for another while and wait until the 9900GTS/GTX comes out in June, or you could get a 4870, but seeing as you have a 780i Mobo, I'm guessing your nVidia fan
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get a budget cooler, ie Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - those 6600's are prime clockers from what i heard. saving that, get an E8400

i say get an 8800GTS if you're going to go the 9800GTX route, unless some extremely compelling deal comes up.
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Thanks for the suggestions

I'd love a 9900GTX but from what I'm hearing about the stats on that card, I imagine it will be a fair penny or two for it. Not into spending quite that much, even tho it's not really an issue. My wife might shoot me for spending a lot tho Don't really want to get another 8 series GTS really. I know it a fair bit better than my G80, but a later 9 series is newer, and hopefully will last a little longer. I guess I would qualify as being a little more conservative with my pc gaming expenses. I like decent stuff, but not one to have to get the latest and greatest. That doesn't make sense to me
I'll have to read up on the cpu overclocking a bit more. I've built a lot of rigs, I've just not done much OCing. I don't want to end up frying it

Nvidia fan? Hmm, perhaps. I've had two ATI cards and both gave me troubles.. That, and I know Nvidia more. My last ATI was a.. 9550? lol something like that.

Budget cooler? What is the best air cooler for the E6600? Looking at Newegg, it looks like this Arctic mentioned is a top rate cooler. $27 is dirt cheap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134
This one right?
Only reason I have the 780i is because EVGA offered a cheap upgrade from the 680i I had Even though there wasn't anything wrong with my 680i, I felt it was still a good idea to get a newer board since it was offered at a nice deal.
On that Arctic cooler, (if anyone has knowledge of this), what direction does it face when installed? On the 780i, the northbridge fan blows the warm air right onto my GTS. Is there an aftermarket solution to resolve this? My card's temps are up 5-10C over my old 680i board. It's noticably warmer to the touch, and I'm not comfortable with this. Not keen on rigging a fan at the back of the GTS to try to counteract this. It doesn't look good
It covers 3 components on the board, so that is an issue. So I would have to get 3 aftermarket parts for this?

+rep to you guys for the suggestions
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i say get an 8800GTS if you're going to go the 9800GTX route, unless some extremely compelling deal comes up.
$50 rebate knocking it to $249?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130339
I got 4gb of some 1066 OCZ ram, too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227181

Got them through Fry's.. had a better deal, $50 rebate on video and 40 on the ram making it $30 per set. Not bad I think.
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