Alrighty I built my computer about 4 or 5 years ago, it was not top of the line then but it was pretty near the top. Obviously 6 months later thats no longer true but that's how PC technology moves.
Anyway I've thought about building a new one, but I'd like to upgrade this one and keep it for a few more years, maybe retire it to a sub gaming PC after that for when my much cheaper friends come over and want to lan.
This is what I currently have:
EVGA 122-CK-NF68 680i SLI. This is my Upgrade base, so my upgrades are limited by what this can handle.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00Ghz, LGA 775, 6MB L2 Cache, 333 MHz. This I would like to upgrade possibly Quad core and preferably faster than 3.00 but when I glanced around I couldnt find a quad core for sale anymore or at least the faster ones and the L2 cache was 2mb.
8GBS (4 2GB Sticks) DDR2 PC2 5300. This isn't a pressing need, as I'm think this board only handles DDR2. Unless theres a fast DDR2 floating around out there, I think 8GBS is plenty.
2x (SLI) Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTX, 768MB DDR3. I have 2 of these so when I upgrade I'm probably not going SLI right off the bat. I need less help with upgrading this, as it all depends on how much money I have left over, but I'm guessing I'll have between $300-$400 left to blow on a solid card.
I hear a lot about solid state drives but is the performance worth the high cost and low storage space? I have a 1TB now thats my use all drive, but a lot of people recommend I have drive only for windows installs, and a drive to install my games on separately.
That's about it, any help or recommendations would be awesome, I guess in hindsight I'm really looking for help choosing and tracking down a good processor for this, I think the one I have is good but I'm starting to feel the slow down on newer RTS games that demand of lot of your CPU. I don't want to plop in a good video card only to have it be bottle necked by my CPU.