Approximate Purchase Date: this month...
Budget Range: < $1,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SWTOR, WoW, etc), Handbrake, internet/doc editing, idling
Parts Not Required: kb, mouse, monitor, PS, XFX HD 6870
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (its a shipping issue)
Parts Preferences: Don't care
SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire (in the future maybe...)
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
My old Phenom X4 9500 isn't cutting it anymore and needs to be upgraded. Looking to confirm that this PC will be sufficient for 2-3 years and will be capable of OC'ing like crazy. PC spends most of the day idling, but does get involved with heavy encoding on Handbrake and gaming on the occasion. PSU is sufficient to power system. Storage drives are coming out of the Phenom X4. I've considered the Intel Core i5 2500K, but for $100 figured I should push to the faster CPU for encoding. Any pointers or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!
it the main chipset it uses. the new z77 chipset that has built in usb 3.0 supprt and pci 3.0 supprt in the chipset.
plus intel made this new selling feature called quickboot. the ivy brige chips are going to be the same price as there older sandy bridge. the z77 also will run both if you find a good deal on sandy or ivy bridge.