It got me thinking about upgrading my rig, and so I thought I would get some input regarding whether this is the best upgrade path, or if the community here had better alternatives.
CPU: i7-920 (overclocked to 3.8ghz on air)
Motherboard: P6T Deluxe v2
Ram: G-Skill Pi White 6 GB (3x2GB)
Cooler: Zalman 9500 Copper Blade of Finger Destruction
Case: Antec 902
PSU: Antec 850W
GPU: GTX 280
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB x2
I'm looking to get the most out of my rig for the least amount--however, my budget is very flexible. I was thinking that the ram and graphics card could use updating, and perhaps some more storage for my media (I have a few of those 1TB externals with a bunch of media on it).
My primary use for it is gaming and watching media, aside from the basics (word, email, internet, you know the rest).
I have a 24in Samsung monitor, and just purchased a 27in model as well. Ideally, I would like to be able to add a third, which would connect my computer to my TV for movies.
I would really appreciate some input from you guys. If you need more information, just ask, and you shell receive.
So, the GTX 280 seems to be rather expensive still, especially compared to some of the newer cards available. I've looked aroundat adding another one for a while--Buy.com has one for $375. Is that really the best bet?
With what you got, the GPU would be first. Especially if you go triple-monitors. Get into at least the Radeon HD 6xxx series.
But, if you want blazing speed, get a SSD for OS/Programs. Start with 60GB, but get 128GB. Since your rig is only SATA II, SATA III SSD are backwards compatible. And you can RAID 0 two SSDs to double the read/write speeds, to match SATA III.
Then if, and only if, you want a few more MHz out of the CPU, go to a i7-960.
gtx 600 or radeon 7000 series gpu as other suggested, also ssd would be a very nice addition to make your system snappy (120/128gb recommended, 60/64 is also fine if you don't put games on it... well more than 1 game)