I was wondering what type of mobo I should upgrade my system to? As well as a new cpu. I wanna make this machine really beast for gaming but not sure which mobo would be best for that as well as not exceed my current budget of $150. Also, I was looking into getting an Intel Core i5-3570k since I heard they were great for gaming and I need to get rid of my old cpu.
(Just trying to update my system and make it slightly more "future proof"!)
Current old System:
Diablotek Abyss White Mid Tower Case;
GeForce Gtx 660;
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz;
NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI mobo;
CoolerMaster Seidon 120M cpu water cooler;
What would a scenario be in which I would utilize overclocking? I overclocked the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 to a speed of 3.8 GHz and it would get extremely hot just by idling. When playing a game sometimes it would get too hot and my system would beep and send out a blue screen and restart itself. So I actually have it underclocked and adjusted (in the BIOS) to where it changes the clock speed dynamically according to what the system needs. Haven't had any problems playing BF3 with it at 2.2 GHz per core. Not sure if I should be overclocking anything! ha
I have a friend that has that very same motherboard, and its great.
I would recommend stepping down to 8GB of RAM to save some money. You can always get more if you need it.
I'd also go with the Radeon HD7950 instead, as its faster for the price.
I already have a GTX 660 in my old one. Just gonna be swapping out the mobo for a newer one. The reason I will be purchasing 16 GB of ram is because it's going to be used mainly for gaming but I will be running multiple instances of windows in virtualization as well. So I'm only getting a new mobo, ram, and a better CPU. Is the Intel core i5 3570k very good for gaming?