I recently purchased a Dell XPS 630i system, about a year or so ago. I use to build my own systems but got tired of having to deal with individual distributer to fix problems, i.e. NewEgg or TigerDirect, who are great companies. I wanted to buy a rig and turn it on when I received it and play. Looking at all of the new alpha content and understanding it is alpha meaning the released content could be a lot better, graphics wise, how many of you are actually looking at upgrading your PC to cope?
Currently today in a 10man raid I am getting anywhere from 50-80 FPS, which is great. When I solo I am in the 100's. I have most of the graphics turned up with some of the shadows and distance parameters tweaked. I guess my main concern is I want to be able to maintain a appealing game play look and feel knowing everything is turned up.
With what I have below I am torn between what to upgrade first second or third. I currently have the stock 4GB RAM, Quad core 2.4 GHZ and two Geforce 9800gt in SLI mode. The way I see it is I should either upgrade my CPU or my graphics cards first? But the catch to me is what makes the biggest difference first, and I would assume its the graphics cards. I can shop around for my specific chipset and put a new CPU in easy, however I have been out of the graphics card market for a while and would like some suggestions as to what to upgrade to. What are some good upgrade options moving from the 9800gt to the next gen? I'd like to run two more cards in SLI and looking to spend at least 200 per card. I understand the CPU will cost as much as both of the cards put together, almost and maybe more.
Upgrading hardware, what to upgrade first, what should the replacement be and list its priority.
CPU: Intel Quad 2.4gz
Graphics: 9800gt x2 SLI
Questions, comments, suggestions are very welcome. I'm looking at doing this upgrade in stages.