Already have: A 750 watt PSU and a Lian Li medi tower case. A 1920x1200 monitor.
I have never overclocked my current system, so I don't think I will overclock the new system either.
I have read numerous reviews and articles, and I see very little difference in gaming performance between for example:
• i5-2400, i5-2500 and i7-2600 (both stock and overclocked)
• 1333 and 1600 memory
• H67 and P67
So, does it matter a lot, which of these components I choose? Please keep in mind that I'm probably not going to overclock the system in any way.
Am I very wrong if I think that the GFX, when the above components are used, is the deciding factor in relation to performance?
I have of course considered overclocking, but apart from the GFX, I haven't really been able to find big gaming performance gains from overclocking any other components - is that wrong?
Based on the fact that I'm not going to overclock (unless I'm convinced otherwise in this thread), I have considered the following (based on availability where I live):
1. Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2 S-1155 (I know it's a micro-ATX, but does it matter? I think i fits in my Lian Li case)
3. 4 gb 1600 Kingston HyperX CL9 (I know the motherboard only supports 1333, but it is a matter of availability)
4. Radeon 6950 2gb (Mod to 6970), Nvidia 560-Ti or Nvidia GTX 460.
1. Leave baseclock for what it is right now
2. If optional in the BIOS, increase the TDP limit of your processor to 200 Watts
3. With a 2600K set your base multiplier at 34
4. And now set the per core multiplier at a maximum of your liking, we applied an MP of 46 on all four cores
5. Increase CPU voltage, though setting AUTO might work fine, we applied 1.35V
6. Make sure your processor is properly cooled (we used the stock Intel cooler and forced the fan to 70% RPM)
7. Save and Exit BIOS / UEFI
Asus Sabertooth TUF w/ 5 year warranty
And no, I wouldn't use micro-ATX ....
Both can be had in a combo for about $490
Your spending $250 for the GFX card...so that leaves $260 for RAM.
I'm just looking at the three games in the Guru3d-article. In one of them, Bad Company 2, there's no difference between the i7-2600k stock cpu and the 4,6ghz overclocked cpu, and in the two other games the performance boost seems minimal. So, I'm not really convinced.
When I'm not into overclocking, wouldn't it just make most sence to go with i5-2500 (based on the articles above), a cheap P67-motherboard, a good amount of memory and then spend most money on a kick-ass video card?