*The PS is dead, the GTS was upgraded to a HD6870 a while back. The 6870 has a scratch on the back that I'm sure is bad but has not caused artifacts etc.
This was my first build so I'm not sure about bottlenecking, but I imagine (hope) the processor is holding back this card. I don't want to replace it so soon. I will be playing on a dual-monitor setup, 25" LED for games and 19" LCD for surfing/pandora/netflix.
I will be raiding in Rift and would like to get the best performance possible. I've heard the engine is inefficient so I'm not going to chase some benchmark like Ultra@60fps. I would like to be able to play on ultra while soloing, and have no problem disabling AA or view distance and dropping settings while in raids for max fraps.
CPU. Pretty sure the i5 2500k will take care of this. SSD. Don't have it, need it. Crucial seems to be the most recommended. Mobo. What's good these days? Should I just wait for panther point? GPU. Will HD6870 be enough with the new CPU? Case. I've had cooling problems in the past, even with aftermarket fans. No cord management, either. I'm inexperienced with builds and could really use a case that has some working space. PS. 600W+ good enough? RAM. Going for 8gb, usually go with corsair but I'll be watching newegg deals.
I want to buy in the next 2 weeks, unless I should just wait for ivy bridge/panther point. Note that I wouldn't be buying the new stuff, just hoping for a price drop in the old. Money isn't an issue, so feel free to add/upgrade.
So your telling us you have no budget ? But I am assuming you don't want to go crazy either. Waiting for Ivy Bridge means that you will be upgrading middle towards the 3rd quarter of next year , do you want to wait that long? Here are a few suggestions for a build that you can put together now;
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan
$149.99 and a $10 rebate.
Well here is your $2042.89 new build , you may like it or you may not like it or you may like parts of it , but this will give you an idea of what you can get. I know you have a video card but this one will give you a performance of roughly 25 to 30% more than a gtx 580.
That basically didn't answer any of my questions. I don't need half the stuff you copy+pasted here. I'm asking specific questions about hardware I already have, and hardware I'm considering buying. Also, experience with actually playing Rift on a gaming system would be fantastic.
And no, $$$ is not an issue. I don't want to spend an excessive amount of money either. If there are components better performing, better quality, or more forward-compatible than what I have mentioned feel free to suggest them regardless of price.