Looking to upgrade, been a while

It's been a while since I've looked much into processors. I've got a asus hd7970, core 2 duo 3.0ghz, 4GB Patriot ddr2-800, and and an evga 750i sli ftw motherboard. Been really looking to upgrade my processor, mobo, and memory.

Would you guys think getting a second 7970 would be a bigger improvement in gaming; or a better processor, mobo, and ram? (Got a 700W Thermaltake, which I believe should handle any of those options)

I'm thinking:

MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 ...

And two sets of G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

It comes out to a little less than what a second 7970 would cost (which is pretty much my maximum budget for now) Maybe a few months down the road I'll get a second 7970 as well, which is why I chose the motherboard with the two PCIE3.0 x 16 slots (not sure if the other motherboards with x8 slots would bottlekneck the 7970)

Any advice would be appreciated. :)

if you get a second 7970 the core2 will surely bottleneck dual cards.

the 7970 is avery powerful card standalone so you don't have to worry about that. I would definitely upgrade your cpu/mobo/ram. when you do it will actually allow the 7970 to stretch its lets further and get more fps.

NOTE: don't worry about pcie 3.0 that much pcie3 x8 = pcie2 x16   and modern graphics card are almost saturating pcie meaning that there isn't a real difference in performance.

Upgrade the processor and motherboard first, then do the 7970 later. You may already be bottlenecking the current 7970 with the slow ram and processor .

Alright cool, processor, mobo, and ram first it is than. :)

Also, I was looking at this chart, and it seems that the AMD FX-8350 is the best performing processor under $200? Would you guys recommend one of those or stick with an i5?

get the 8350 best price to performance for gaming

A little more expensive, but I think I'll be happy with it. Revised list:

ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CORSAIR Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1866C9B

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

Thank you guys, will be getting it with my tax refund. :)