Hey everyone! I'm a long time lurker, but this is my first post. It's about time for an upgrade as my system components are starting to show some age. The upgraded system will be primarily used for higher end gaming and now that my wife got me an Xbox 360 for Christmas I also want to start streaming media to my HDTV.
I'll start off with a list of what I have now so you can see where I'm at:
Case - Old Antec case.
I can't find the model, but I did a little digging online and I think it might be part of the old Dragon series. It has 4 80mm fans, 2 in, 2 out. I want to replace it because I can't fit 120mm fans in the case. With so many fans in the case, it's rather loud.
Motherboard - Asus P5K. I bought this about a year ago as a little upgrade, but I want to upgrade to P45 chipset so that I can add a second GPU in the future.
CPU - E8400 C0 stepping. I'm going to reuse this
CPU Fan - Zalman CNPS9700 LED. I've been reading that this Zalman is outdated and that better CPU fans are out, Xigmatek HDT-S1283 is what I'm considering.
PSU - Corsair 520HX. I don't think I'll be replacing this just yet.
Memory - G.Skill DDR2 800, 5-5-5-15, 1.8v. I also bought this last year when I did a small upgrade. I like the DDR 800 PI Black but will I see any noticeable increase in performance?
HDD - 640GB WD Caviar Black. I need more space! I haven't decided if I'll run the OS from this drive, or use it as a media storage drive. What do you think?
I figured I'd mention that I'm running a 22in Samsung 226BW 1680x1050 that I'll continue to use for the time being. My next upgrade will probably be PSU, additional GPU and Monitor.
The upgraded components will run about $710 + Shipping not including any MIRs. Looking at what I have and what I plan to upgrade to, do you think the performance increase warrants the price tag? Thanks in advance for your replies!