I want to upgrade my PC for gaming at ultra/max settings on games like BF3. I'm a game art and design student, so I want my computer to be able to handle 3d modeling with programs like Maya and Zbrush smoothly. I also do a lot of Photoshop and video editing on the side, but I'm guessing those programs are not nearly as demanding.
Heatsink - COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm
So since this is a lot of money, I was hoping to get some help on making a solid investment with good bang for my buck. My budget is around $1000. I can go as far up as 1300, although I would rather only spend that much if its extremely worth it.
Or, should I just buy a used 5850, and wait another year to build a new PC?
The 7850 at around $250 makes more sense. Newegg has an HIS model for $229 after rebate. I also recommend you skip the "s" series 3770 and get a regular or "k" model instead. The "s" models don't save that much energy at ide and are locked with a lower multiplier. Your current antec 750w power supply is fine unless it's more than three years old. Then I would replace it.
3820 takes a more expensive motherboard. It won't fit in a socket 1155 board. The 3770s may be your best choice if you don't want to wait for newegg to get them back in stock. You can try newegg's online live chat and see if someone can give you an estimated time of arrival for the 3770K. I saw one on my local craigslist for $350 today.
Is this a good move or should I get all new ram that is more efficient for the motherboard and cpu?
nothing wrong with the ASUS P8Z77-V LK. I would stay with it and save some $
the Ripjaws Ram has High Heat sinks that will not allow the Hyper 212 to mount if all ram slots or populated. I would suggest low profile ram like this: