Here is the issue, I built this PC almost 2 years ago. I was really Hyped about the 1090t without knowing what it truly was, or how 6 cores don't always equal beast mode in games. I recently upgraded to an HD 7870. While I love the card, I know my CPU is bottle-necking it. I'm selling my CPU, motherboard, ram and 1 of my hdd's to a good friend for 250. I'm also returning my HD 7870 to fry's, after tax I almost could have bought a 670 from Newegg......so after I return it, that's what I intend to do.
So, I need a good recommendation on a Motherboard, CPU, and RAM, to match a gtx 670.
My budget is $450 (670 is not to be included in budget)
I Intend on going Intel this time.
I do not want a Micro-ATX
PCI-e 3.0 would be nice
I use Protools, Fl studios, Photoshop, and Game.
My current System
Antec Truepower New 750
2x2 G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 7-8-7-24-2N
Samsung 128gb ssd 830
Raid 0 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Windows 7 ultimate 64bit
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6 1080p
AMD Diamond HD 7870
I just add that HT does not help in games but it does for editing, actually a best bang for your buck would be an I5 3570k or even the i5 2500k, those are just more than enough for gaming nowadays and for future proof.
I do love what I've read about the 3770, but I guess my trade off would be my budget not allowing for a decent motherboard. This makes the 3570 more appealing.
If you only had gaming to consider.....what would you do?
My 2nd option is the best for gaming and future proof, as the I5 3570 will handle pretty well a couple of GTX670... And also today games wont are no using more than 4 cores, just some games can crank 6 cores or more threats of processing. Modern games just likes strong cores and high clocks, not always more cores/threats.
For your gaming needs and editing that processor is a huge step over your phenom and will last pretty long, also if you plan OC (you should for that processor being K series) it will be even better!
The diference between the I5 3570 and the I7 3770 is the HT, it helps for editing but nothing for gaming.
Get that and you will have a lighting fast PC for 3 years or even more...