RIFT gaming platform

I'm looking to upgrade my current computer. It is an old PC with:

C2D E6600
Asus P5N32E
Antec P180
OCZ 600W*
8800 GTS*
4GB DDR2 800

*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.

I need:

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.
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  1. 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.


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K


    ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $279.99


    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8R $79.99


    ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $269.99


    High Current Pro HCP-850 850W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $179.99


    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $194.99 and a $30 rebate.


    EVGA 02G-P3-1569-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win (Fermi) 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $519.99


    LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM $49.99


    PLEXTOR DVD Super Multi drive 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black PATA (E-IDE) Model PX-L871A LightScribe Support - OEM $32.99


    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.
  2. 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.
  3. This is what I went with. I'm still considering a new case, but having trouble figuring out which one to get. I had trouble with cable management with the Antec P180. Suggestions?

    . 1 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    Item #: N82E16820231428
    Memory Standard Return Policy $44.99

    . 1 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Standard Return Policy $25.99

    . 1 COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817171053
    Standard Return Policy $94.99

    . 1 ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157263
    Standard Return Policy $269.99

    . 1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100007
    Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy $12.98

    . 1 BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure
    Item #: N82E16817994085
    Standard Return Policy $5.99

    . 1 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
    Item #: N82E16819115072
    CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $224.99

    Subtotal $679.92
    Tax $0.00
    UPS 3 DAYS $16.18
    Rush Processing $2.99
    Order Total $699.09

    Looked into the scratched GPU, apparently if its only the PCB (it is) then the card is fine, just gotta be careful.

    Edit: Just realized I forgot the SDD!!!

    1 Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820148442
    Limited Replacement Only Return Policy $249.99
    Subtotal $209.99
    Tax $0.00
    UPS Guaranteed 3 Day $0.00
    Rush Processing $2.99
    Order Total $212.98
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