PSU: The old PSU should be enough, right?
GPU: Is it worth paying $70 (€50) more for the 2GB Radeon?
CPU: Any suggestion for silent but efficient cooler if I’ll overclock? Scythe perhaps?
MOBO: I'm really not sure about this. I guess I'd go for Z68 rather than P67 but what Z68 model? No idea really. I don’t need any fancy things though. Ideally it would only cost around $100 - 160 (€80 - 120)
HDD: Will upgrading my HDD and perhaps even SDD yield much performance gain?
Approximate Purchase Date: In a week or two, before Christmas anyway (unless there is a really good reason to wait) Budget Range: Approximately $750 - 850 = €550 - 650, take into consideration that parts cost more here in Finland. System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (80%), Internet (15%) and school work/Office (5%) Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.
Here are few independent sites: Verkkokauppa Jimms Multitronic - The only one with english as option but all the rest have the basic searchbox which should be enough, I presume.
Country: Finland Parts Preferences: No preferences, just looking for the best price/performance ratio Overclocking: Maybe, never done it before but this might be a good time to start. SLI or Crossfire: No, I'm running SLI now and don't have much positive to say about it. Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC, period. I'm running a 3,5 - 4 year old computer on SLI and my ears are bleeding. I want silence but not too much on the cost of performance. I'm also hoping to keep the next system for another 3 - 4 years as well, so keeping the future in mind would be great.
I'd really appreciate any comments and tips. If I left out any info I'll be happy to answer.
Thanks in advance!
That G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4GB memory kit will be great.
If you buy a display having resolution more than 1920x1080 & run games with 8xAA or more, then you might be able to get some advantage depending on the game. But for that kind of gaming, you'll need crossfire/SLI.
This setup can play any game at 30+ FPS on Very High/Ultra settings with 2xAA/4xAA upto 1680x1050.
About unlocking 6950, see http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/159