I've been fighting it a looooong time, I've had my rig pretty much as-is since around August 2008. It's treated me amazingly well, very stable, well performing, and I've been very content. Sure many times I've considered upgrading, and some hard times in the last few months has meant I have less money to stash for upgrades helped keep me at bay. But after helping a friend upgrade his rig, I've regained an itch to upgrade my rig. Not sure which route I wanna take, MB/DDR3/CPU first or GPU. After doing some research on the new intel stuff, and working with Fits to get a good setup in my budget, we came to this upgrade path on the system side: MB: EVGA P55 FTW - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188056 Ram: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103 CPU: Intel Core i5-750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215 Those 3 items will run me around $500-550 shipped from the 'egg right now, which right now I don't have that kinda cash yet...eagerly awaiting my tax return and hoping there's enough left of it after one more bill. I'm also tossing around grabbing an HD5850, dunno if the GTX4xx series will be released next month, but from what I've heard they're gonna be outta my price-range. I kinda hope they're released so the HD5xxx series can go down to or below original release msrp. I'm open to suggestions at this point, as much as I wanna buy something now, really I can't quite yet, so I have some time to research some more, and see if prices drop. Hell I might have to buy one piece at a time to even get this upgrade rollin'. A few questions, is it worth going to i5/ddr3/p55 from my oc'd q6600 c2q/ddr2 1000/p45 setup? I know power consumption-wise and efficiency-wise it's a decent choice, but as-far-as performance, primarily media conversion and even more-so gaming. Sure I know a GPU would probably be a more noticable route, but I just cannot justify overspending now on an HD5850...and odds are I'll donate my cpu/mb/ddr2 to my father's rig (ancient s423/ddr/agp setup that's horridly slow). So some input from you folks would be apprciated, especially if you took a similar upgrade path. If I go the system upgrade route, I'll keep the 260 a good while longer, it's a great card, the ac gtx cooler keeps it sub-50C in most games, and it OC's well for a 65nm/216core version...but I've had it since July 2008 so I know it's days are numbered with some newer titles I plan to play in the future. Thanks for your time! Looking forward to some input!