I am looking for some advice on upgrading my PC. My current specs are:
Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P LCD @ 1920x1080
Case: Nzxt Guardian 921 Gaming Tower Case
MB: MSI K9A2 CF-F AMD 790X CrossFire Chipset
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU @ 2.6GHz
Cooling: Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooling Fan System Kit
RAM: 4 GB [1 GB X4] DDR2-800 PC6400
GPU: ATI Radeon 4850 1GB
PSU: CaseGears Eco-Element 650W High Efficiency Power Supply PSU-ECO650
SSD: OCZ OCZSSD2-1VTXPL120G Vertex Plus 2.5" Solid State Drive - 120GB, SATA II
External HD: Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential (USB 3.0 + USB 2.0)
CD/DVD, Media Card Reader, Etc
Date to purchase: SOON! (BF3 coming)
Crossfire/SLI: Not now, but will in the future with whatever card I buy now
Overclock: I have never done it, but am interested in trying (will my current cooling system be fine?)
I am looking to spend around $800-1000 and am mainly focusing on the MB, CPU, GPU, and RAM. I am looking to play games like SC2, Battlefield 3, and Diablo 3 (and any others that catch my eye) at full high/max graphics. My thoughts were:
TOTAL: $857 ($822 after rebates)
I am open to any suggestions! I was initially holding out for Bulldozer but saw how the 2600k owns it, so I figured switching to Intel (and that GeForce works with Blizzard games best). What do you guys think? Worth upping the graphics card to GTX 580 to make it around $1000? Should I wait a bit longer for Ivy (although I want to play BF3 soon)?
I also have a 40" LCD which I may hook up at some point, although it's not 100%. Does that change the graphics card debate?
Don't bother doing a complete rebuild. Overclock that processor it still has untapped potential, when you OC it it should be somewhat comparable to the newer CPUs in terms of FPS while gaming. Another words it won't be your bottleneck for now.
For cooling that is what you should need from a quick glance it looks like your case should have adequate cooling from the pictures i saw.
Your motherboard supports up to 8gb of ram if you feel the need to up it that much. But all you really need is a new videocard of your choice and to overclock that CPU. And with your budget it be easy to do and get the performance you want.
Honestly, I'd only try keeping the SSD, Case and HDD and that's about it.
Check out this Build, the i7 2600K isn't really necessary when the 2500K holds 98% in gaming against the 2600K. Defiantly doesn't justify $100. Also, Nvidia cards defiantly aren't mainly biased in Blizzard games, I find AMD cards just fine. But mainly just preference. Games are more GPU dependent rather than CPU. So no need for ivy. Anyway here's a new build that'll let you SLI in the future for a cheaper price than you already have. http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
What do you guys think of the above instead? Is a new PSU necessary if i have a 650watt one and am not Crossfiring yet? Btw I switched to the HD 6970 bc my friend has one and when he upgrades I'll just buy it off of him for cheap to Crossfire.
If you choose to buy an AMD radeon GPU the fastest you can get is the 6970 which is comparable to the GTX 570. If you were going to buy the GTX 570 from NVidia anyway (and not the GTX 580) then you will not sacrifice any performance by going AMD.