Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)
Budget Range: $500, dont mind rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, CAD (Microstation, Civil3D, AutoCAD, Infraworks), listening to music (metal, 5.1 surround setup)
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Motherboard, RAM, CPU Fan (PSU is in signature)
Do you need to buy OS: No, using Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Location: Orlando, FL
Parts Preferences: Looking at the 4670k for the CPU unless someone can convince me on the 4770k. Ive always had good luck with Gigabyte stuff. I do like the MSI gaming boards.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: Monitors in signature. Main is a 24" 1080p.
Additional Comments: Again, pretty sure I am going with the 4670k, but if anyone can give me a good reason for the 4770k, I could expand the budget the extra $100.
I am interested in a good sound chip built in to the motherboard. All the manufacturers seem to have their solutions, but are there differences, or is just marketing? Same goes for these ethernet ports with the Killer stuff.
Also, should I go with 8GB or 16GB of RAM? I am leaning towards 8, but is there a reason to go 16GB? Also read a lot about timings and speed but am not very clear on that. I believe I should get atleast 1866, if not faster.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Just getting itchy for an upgrade, and its been a while obviously.
I'd say just go MSI G45 motherboard. You don't need to upgrade your RAM as it seems fine enough. So from the saved money go for the 4770K. It makes your rig future proof. Hyperthreading has it's uses in CAD.