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so here my breakdown of system specs and logic:
e7300 c2d @2.66
6gb DDR2-800 [cas5 mushkin enhanced silverline]
gtx260 core 216 896mb
windows 7 home premium 64 bit
so basically this is what im thinking:
1] socket 775 processors are quickly becoming harder to find
2] RAM not really limiting me at this point
3] msi board has a locked multiplier, so i can only adjust voltages and fsb - not to mention the fact that i am a complete novice at OC
4] if BF3 is any indication, multiple-core processors are going to become more and more of an issue for those of us locked in the dual core [or worse] world
basically its like this, between BF3 and some other, non-gaming software that i run it seems that my CPU is topping out while my GPU is still only at ~70%... im certainly not thinking that this upgrade will be and end all solution, its just a place to start - my PC is CPU limited right now, and without the funds to do a full MB/CPU/RAM/GPU upgrade at this time, i was hoping to bide my time by getting the quad-core now [assuming with a side of hope that the extra cores will pay off in the long term] and follow that up with a GPU upgrade to a 560ti or better with tax return in february... hopefully that will buy me enough time until i can afford a more comprehensive upgrade...
so thats my thinking. i would certainly like to hear feedback regarding it - i have built PCs for years, but i know i dont know everything by a long shot, so if there is a flaw in my thinking that im ignorant of, please feel free to let me know! thanks again for all the help...