I'd like to spend some money and upgrade my PC. Here's my current set up:
i7 920 clocked at 4Ghz on air
EVGA GTX 295
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
150 gb velociraptor as my primary drive. Secondary is mostly irrelevant.
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Iel Motherboard
Dell 20” 1600x900 monitor
My budget is around $1,000. But I could probably be convinced to spend more. Yes, I know that I don't NEED to upgrade, but I still WANT to upgrade.
Here's my thoughts:
CPU: I can't really do much as far as upgrading the cpu so I'll leave it alone for now. I've considered doing a full water cooling set up but that's going to blow half of my budget and what do I really gain? Best case scenario I reach 5Ghz. Worst case I gain another 100mhz and determine that my chip has reached it's limit.
Video card: I'm currently considering an SLI 560 Ti or SLI 570 set up.
Memory: Regardless of the other upgrades I choose I'll probably add a second 6gb kit. For the price there doesn't seem to be any reason not to?
HDD and motherboard: I want an SSD. But my motherboard only supports 3Gb/s SATA. So it seems like to really take advantage of the SSD's speed I would need to upgrade my motherboard as well which is going to really increase the cost. I'm also still using Vista so I'd like to upgrade to 7 at the same time I upgrade my HDD.
Monitor: It seems like to really take advantage of the power of my computer I need a decent monitor. I'd really like a 16x10 monitor but they're much more expensive. Which is completely ridiculous.
What would you spend the money on? I usually do most of my shopping on newegg but it's important to note that I have a microcenter 30 minutes away.
the remainder of the parts i suggested still fit into that budget as mentioned above, SLI/Crossfire is an option, but there are drawbacks to this as well, such as microstuttering and some games do not support it, etc. That's a decision only you can make, and if you are thinking about going that route, i would recommend you research this until you feel completely comfortable. I've had friends with issues in SLI recently and i don't suggest these setups for the average gamer anymore. Hope this helps!
I think i missed something here. Your current setup (based on your list below) has 1 GTX 295, correct? In which case, you do not currently use SLI features. Another thing to consider if you do go with the 2x 560ti suggested by Cata is that your psu will need to power 2 dual slot cards and your case will need the space to accomodate them, not to mention the ability to deal with the added heat. I'm not trying to talk you out of this, just let you know there are some down sides