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My rig has been running strong ever since I first assembled it in 2010 but now I would like to upgrade a few components. I don't have enough to build a completely new rig so my plan is to stick with the X58 platform at least until Haswell comes around. My question is, looking at my sig rig, what upgrade would give me the biggest performance boost? Im thinking of getting an OCZ Vertex 4 more RAM or possibly a GTX 660 TI or even a used GTX 670. Would with this board being only PCI 2.0 bottleneck a 660TI or 670 as they are PCI 3.0 much?

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If you do a lot of gaming a new GPU would help a lot. If you dont do much gaming, Id say an SSD.
 

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I have an i7 [email protected] on a Gigabyte motherboard and an EVGA GTX 670 FTW. I don't think you'd run into bottlenecking problems. It runs Crysis 3 very well.

I'd also like to splurge on an SSD, I just don't want to have to start from scratch again.
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Definitely go for an SSD, it won't change your gaming experience (unless you put games with long load times or constant texture/asset loading on it), but it'll make everything else you do feel a lot snappier. For general use it is the biggest upgrade you can give your system.

A GTX670 would be a nice upgrade for gaming. Don't worry about bottlenecking it, I used to run 2 GTX680s on my X58 rig with no problems. The extra bandwidth from PCIe 3.0 only really comes into play when using multiple GPUs, and even then the difference doesn't seem to be massive most of the time. I think the only time I've seen it make a noticeable difference was in a vid from Vega where he was using 4 cards (GTX680s Classifieds I think) in a VRAM limited situation.
 

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My rig has been running strong ever since I first assembled it in 2010 but now I would like to upgrade a few components. I don't have enough to build a completely new rig so my plan is to stick with the X58 platform at least until Haswell comes around. My question is, looking at my sig rig, what upgrade would give me the biggest performance boost? Im thinking of getting an OCZ Vertex 4 more RAM or possibly a GTX 660 TI or even a used GTX 670. Would with this board being only PCI 2.0 bottleneck a 660TI or 670 as they are PCI 3.0 much?

Any input is kindly appreciated
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I was in the same boat as you, except I have a 960 as opposed to your 965
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, and I've upgrading a few things in my system the past few months.

If you do lots of gaming, getting a GTX 660 Ti or GTX 670 would yield immediate performance increases, I personally have a GTX 660 Ti that I bought off of a friend for $200 and I love it for games, definitely a worthy upgrade from my old Radeon GPU.

Overclocking your CPU might be something else you'd be interested in doing, I see you're still rocking the Intel Stock CPU cooler so I'm going to assume you haven't overclocked your CPU. I picked up a Corsair H80i CPU cooler, installed it within 20 minutes, and was able to get my i7 960 to 4.2GHz using it. The difference in games is only slight, but I do lots of video editing so the added speed was a nice treat.

Picking up an SSD would also be a good idea, although the advantages of doing so for gaming would be non-existent. Like someone said earlier, an SSD will make everything on your system feel a little crisper. I personally haven't bought an SSD for my rig yet but hopefully I'll be able to within the next month or so.

Adding more RAM won't yield any performance increases, even if you added another 6GB for a total of 12GB, so I wouldn't spending money on more RAM, at least not before making any of these aforementioned upgrades. The only time I use more than 3GB of RAM is when I'm rendering out a video.
 

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I'd get the following in this order

1. GPU (660Ti or higher)
2. SSD
3.RAM (16Gb? pretty cheap nowadays)
4. Cooler (Theres nothing else to change after that in my mind... Cooler won't yield any performance but it'll run cooler
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