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Hello. I've had my sig rig for about three years now and I think it may be time to upgrade some of its components. To keep it simple (and cheaper) I was thinking to only upgrade my GPU, memory, and operating system--here's where you guys come in.

As far as the GPU goes, it seems like the consensus is that the GTX570 has the best bang for the buck, but I'm unsure if A) my power supply can handle it and B) if my CPU will bottleneck it too much. I've looked around the internet and it seems that a Q6600 overclocked to something around 3.2Ghz would no longer bottleneck the GPU (is that true?). I'm apprehensive about overclocking as I've never done it before, but if need be I'd give it a shot. On the other hand, if the Q6600 would bottleneck the GTX570 too much would a GTX470 be a better choice?

As for memory, I'm not sure how much to get. I know most people say 4GB is plenty for gaming and most applications, but I'm the kind of (lazy) guy that likes to keep a bunch of tabs open in Chrome while playing Dragon Age or GTA IV. Would 4GB still be plenty for habits like that?

That's what I have in mind at the moment, but if anyone thinks something else may be due for an upgrade as well I'd be glad to hear it. Thanks in advance for all y'all's help!
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OK so, The Q6600 is still a pretty decent CPU. I agree that if you overclock it it will give you better performance with a newer GPU. I would focus on overclocking it first and then you can get a GPU to match its performance.
A GTX 570 and GTX 470 are both good choices for a GPU upgrade. Which one you buy I think will be determined by your total overclock.
As far as the memory, 4GB should be fine for you.

So in my opinion, step one should be to see how much you can overclock the Q6600.
I would start here:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...-core-2-a.html
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I'd pass on the 570 now as there's a deal on newegg for a Asus 470 for like 189.99 after MIR.

http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...-v1-228-a.html

I wouldn't also upgrade the ram till your ready to jump to Sandy Bridge
    
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I'd keep the processor for now, the Q6600's are still very viable. Sandy Bridge is just around the corner, wait to see what that has in store for us all.

As for the GPU, I agree, it does need to be upgraded. You could go with a GTX 470 like Jean-Luc said, it offers the best nVidia price-per-performance ratio at the moment however I can only recommend going for a GTX 570. When overclocked it easily reaches stock GTX 580 speeds which effectively means you're paying half the price for one GTX 580. It will knock over any game at your resolution with ease!

The Q6600 would probably bottleneck the 570 for now, however the difference will be negligible if you overclock the Q6600 a little. It'd still be a good investment for the future when you upgrade your CPU. It also goes without saying to keep your current memory as you will need DDR3 when you upgrade your processor.

Alternatively, if you fancy AMD, check out a 6950 or 6970. The 6950 is a steal at the moment as it can be overclocked to near-6970 performance and they're reasonable cheap.

Hope this helps.
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Alright, thanks for the advice. Man, I'm really kicking myself now for not getting a DDR3 compliant motherboard--2GB isn't cutting it anymore!

On that note, does anyone have any idea when prices for Sandy Bridge will come down? I'm hoping for the summer, but I think that may be a bit optimistic. Thanks again!
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