I have an interesting dilemma. I've been putting off an upgrade to my system 1)because I wanted to wait and see what Sandy Bridge would do, 2) my current system has been custom built to fit exactly in this case as I re-wired the PSU and shortened everything and 3) am a lazy basterd. Now here comes my problem. Yesterday after much deliberation and guidance from my fellow Bit-techers, I gave in to my 3 year temptation and purchased a new 24" monitor (U2410). Now for some reason I'm worried that my current specs won't be able to handle the higher resolution of this monitor and I'll be forced to sacrifice resolution in order to play games at my settings. Which leads me to, do I need to upgrade my GPU now as well? I have a feeling the stock answer is going to be 'yes' with a recommendation of the 5850 or higher, but if that's the case, will I be bottlenecked by my CPU? I really reaaallllyyy am trying to avoid the upgrade cycle now as I feel we're at the end of the current sockets (again) and would hate to purchase something now that will already have no upgrade path by Q1 2011. Perhaps I'm spoiled as I was able to upgrade my current socket 775 a few times as better and better chips came out. Now I know my specs aren't high end anymore, in fact they weren't high end by the time I finished the build, but I'm sure that you all know about diminishing returns and early adapter pricing. Everything I purchased then was done within weeks of it coming out, which makes me depressed to think about what little value it has and what I could purchase for the same money now what I spent on this system then and be very happy with a semi-premium build. Anyway, to get down to it - how much do I need to upgrade now to enjoy my new monitor? Do I need to upgrade at all, or can I wait another 6 months? At what level of GPU does it become to be held back by my current CPU? If at all? Here's my specs: e6850 @ 3,7ghz IP35 Pro socket 775 Evga 9800GTX+ (super OC edition marketing BS) Seasonic 650w Vista Ultimate 64 All watercooled by a PA120.2 + PA 120.1 single loop all internal in a LL v1000. So it's very tight.