My 5 year old Dell Studio XPS is getting a bit long in the tooth so I think its time to build a new one. My current XPS has an older i7 (920 I think), 6 GB of RAM and a 6800 series Radeon video card. I tried to upgrade the video card to a GTX 680 and had all kinds of issues. I think they were due to compatability issues with the mobo so I sent the GTX 680 back.
Since my current Dell is a micro ATX, I think I would like to do my new build as a micro ATX. I like the smaller size. I have built two ATX machines before but never a micro ATX. Is there anything I should be aware of before ordering parts or assembling the computer given its a micro ATX?
I am going to use this computer for everyday use (internet, iTunes, etc) and also gaming. Right now I play Eve Online and run up to 3 clients at once. Current machine does fine with 2 clients at max settings but dies when I add a third unless I reduce the graphic settings on all 3 clients.
I will not be doing any kind of overclocking.
I was thinking of going with a 4770K CPU, but I am thinking this might be overkill for my needs. Any suggestions on what CPU would be the best for what I want it to do? I'd like to have some newer technology without going overkill and paying too much.
Video card wise I was going to go with a GTX 760, but again I am thinking this might be overkill. Any suggestions?
Mobo wise I was going to go with a ~$80 ASUS or ASRock board as I do not need anything special. Any advice in this space would be helpful.
Lastly, to go SSD or not to go SSD? Obviously a big price difference between SSD and a tradtional harddrive. Would a SSD be worth the extra $$ for what I want it to do?
I dont have a specific budget but would like to keep it as economical as possible.
If you are planning to get a new you should get a new motherboard since your old motherboard support diffrent socket that the most of the new cpus. I think the 760 is too much for you as the game you play doesn't need that good gpu. if i were you i would go with something like gtx 660. I don't know about all the client stuff but i think the 660 is a good gpu for the cash
Thanks for the feedback guys. I updated the PSU to a 650W when I added the Radeon 6800, but 650 might still be borderline for the GTX 680. I would probably go 800W with the new build just for some extra padding. What am I really losing by going from a i7 4770K to the i5 4670K that was suggested? Or maybe a better question, how much would I gain from my current i7 920 to the suggested i5 4670K?
Would definitely get a new mobo. There was an Asus board that had a 1150 socket fot $80 on Newegg. So thats why I had mentioned that. The mobo in my Dell now is probably ancient compartively.