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I could I suppose, I just don't trust me holding on to money very long without finding something to spend it on... And as I've said multiple times, I know I can get something that will make my machine run good now, but then I'm just delaying the inevitable. And yes I COULD get a new gpu but I don't think my gpu is the problem right now.
Buying something now before the new Ivy Bridge, both 1155 and 2011 sockets and before knowing what bulldozer brings is not a good investment - not in general - but specifically where you're coming from and your upgrade possibilities.

If you look at it that way, the inevitable is always inevitable; technology moves at such a rapid pace that you will always be wanting more. The thing is, you can be spending the rest of your money on games, and be enjoying yourself.

Just get the Q9550 and a DX11 GPU, like a GTX 570, and sell the 2 GTX285's - you'll still get good money for them. That will let you game without problems. And when a new platform comes, you can keep the GPU.
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Yeah, trying to stay away from AMD, just had bad overall experiences.
    
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I know everything is going to be outdated eventually, however I'd rather amp everything up that needs it rather than be limited by my mobo, or by my cpu, or by my ram etc etc.
    
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I know everything is going to be outdated eventually, however I'd rather amp everything up that needs it rather than be limited by my mobo, or by my cpu, or by my ram etc etc.
Right now you are being limited by 2 cores and by your GPU. Some games don't support SLI, and even those that do, it's does not provide a 100% scaling. And you are missing DX11. That is where tesselation is, that is where improved lighting is (actually some of it comes from DX10.1, but Nvidia never supported 10.1, only AMD/ATI, and so developers never adopted it).

That is what you should be "amp everything up that needs it". And you can adress those two easily.

I'll upload a few benchmarks from Metro 2033 in a few minutes, that might convince you.
 
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do it up!
    
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If you are looking for a cheap, quad-core upgrade, go for an LGA775 Xeon. They tend to be cheaper than the Core 2 Quads because fewer people bid on them. But, with a Core 2 Quad 9550 at nearly $280 new, I would buy new only as a last resort.
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I'm not going to buy a used cpu on the intarwebz, ever. I don't know what voltages people run through them, or the history of the chip itself. Someone make a website called ChipFax.com and then we'll talk!
    
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I'm not going to buy a used cpu on the intarwebz, ever. I don't know what voltages people run through them, or the history of the chip itself. Someone make a website called ChipFax.com and then we'll talk!
True. But CPUs are usually the most reliable components. I'd be hesitant to buy a used motherboard, but I'll bite for used CPUs if they are cheap enough. Ask the seller about its history before buying. I would veer towards un-overclocked chips.
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Buying something now before the new Ivy Bridge, both 1155 and 2011 sockets and before knowing what bulldozer brings is not a good investment - not in general - but specifically where you're coming from and your upgrade possibilities.

If you look at it that way, the inevitable is always inevitable; technology moves at such a rapid pace that you will always be wanting more. The thing is, you can be spending the rest of your money on games, and be enjoying yourself.

Just get the Q9550 and a DX11 GPU, like a GTX 570, and sell the 2 GTX285's - you'll still get good money for them. That will let you game without problems. And when a new platform comes, you can keep the GPU.
intel upgrades cpus every year, so you saying wait for ivy bridge is unreasonable. Sandy bridge is still brand new, it is a good investment.

selling the 285's would be something to think about if you can get decent money out of them and then replace them with a 570. or two.

and I dont think you should spend that much on the mobo, you can get a mobo that will fit your needs for less
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