My problem is that I really want to upgrade to a new GPU but it seems like it'll be a lot more expensive than just replacing my graphics card. I've read that an i7 930 (the cpu I'm using) will bottleneck the GPU. Will the bottlenecking really be that bad? I don't OC my cpu so the speed is the stock 2.8 ghz. I'm also in need of a new case and I plan to spend about 180$ on that so the GPU + Case is already going to cost me about 700$. If I were to change to a new CPU + Motherboard I'd be spending about 1200$.
Should I just bite the bullet and spend the 1200$ or would the my i7 930 not bottleneck the gtx 680 too badly?
I've read in places that the GPU would only be used as much as 95%(which doesn't seem too bad to me) and other places I read 80% (which is a huge deal)
currently I'm using an HD 5870.
I also do plan on changing my motherboard some time but the thing is newer motherboards for the ivy bridge cost just as much as first gen cpu mobos and I imagine they perform better and cooler. So there's really no point in upgrading motherboards without upgrading my CPU, right?
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Thanks in advanced for any replies.