Well, being 16, I have absolutely no idea.
I have considered it, and wish to pick it up in my spare time.
Definitely not going to use it for hardcore creation right now.
But I've worked really hard and saved up a bit of money, so I figure I'll give my computer (read: myself) a treat and upgrade.
My current specifications:
i7-860 OC'd very slightly.
8GB of RAM Hoping to upgrade this to 16GB Cosair soon.
MSI GTX 570.
Quite a crappy Gigabyte P55 UD3P. Wish someone would recommend a better board to me
Antec Two Hundred case.
hmm. The market here in Singapore is slightly different, I guess around a grand in USD?
And I really need a new PSU. Made the mistake of getting a PSU from a weird brand. It's supposed to be 750W but putting in a 580 caused my computer to shutdown whenever it was over 70% load. No problems with the 570 though.
The article's recommendation: I don’t recommend upgrading your CPU unless the potential replacement is at least three tiers higher.
In your case going from a i7-860 to a Core i7-3930K upgrade would be just a 1-tier jump.
i would wait if i were you. im sure your computer already tears through anything you throw at it so might as well wait for the extra bit of performance ivy offers. in the mean time you can get a good cooler to oc or an ssd
Why you just don't wait a little bit? Calm down your nerves, it looks like you're in need to spend money with the computer.
Just hold your horses and wait for Ivy Bridge. Wait for some specific Ivy Bridge chipsets too, no need to buy now a Z68 motherboard. It's so close the launching...
And about the PSU, it all depends in which kind of system you want to build.. SLI/Crossfire? Single card? How many HDDs?