Hopefully my budget will be around £400 for the total upgrade and I am planning on upgrading on the CPU, Motherboard and RAM.
I'm looking to get the best of the best (Within reason) for the price as my current CPU (Q9550) has lasted since September '09.
Not to mention my RAM is VERY old - I have 2 x 1GB Sticks (circa December 2007) and 2 x 2GB Sticks (circa December 2008). It is Patriot Performance RAM and due to the stupid pricing of DDR2 now (We compared 8GB DDR3 to 8GB DDR2 - The DDR2 was 3 times more expensive) it has partially prompted the upgrade.
My questions are;
With the recent release of Ivy Bridge, is it worth getting the Intel Core i7-3770 over the Intel Core i7-2600K when I have a dedicated GPU (GTX 285)?
What advantages would I get from having either processor with my GPU?
What would be the best motherboard to get with either processor?
When are you planning on buying the CPU, motherboard, and RAM? If you aren't going to purchase these three until the October timeframe I would watch what happens with Ivy bridge and where prices go over the summer.
As an aside, if there is a good UK shop around I'd buy all three at the same time and negotiate a bundled deal.