So I've decided to upgrade my old rig but im a bit stuck,as the title says it will be used for gaming only and maybe some movie watching.The only parts im reusing is the PSU (Huntkey Titan 650w) and GPU (Asus GTX 560 ti).I've got everything else sorted except for 3 things motherboard,cpu and ram.
1.CPU: i5 3570k or i7 3770k?I know this must have been asked a million times by now but would it be worth it to pay the extra for the i7 or would the i5 be good enough and future proof enough for my needs?
2.Motherboard: I wont be going SLI or crossfire and I most propably will do some mild overclocking. I want to go for the Asus P8Z77-V but would it be good enough?If anyone can suggest something a bit cheaper than the Asus board but still good enough it would be great coz the asus boards are a bit expensive so it would be nice to save a few bucks
3.RAM: How much do i really need?Is 8gb enough or 16gb?And what speed should i go for?
I will upgrade my gpu and psu at a later stage but for now i have to hang on to it coz im on a pretty tight budget
Sorry if my english is rubbish im from south africa
Here's your PSU (rebadged; but same unit): http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rocketfish-700-W...
It can deliver what's on its label, but is probably safest when not stressed that far.
1. i5-2500K should be sufficient for games. I7 isn't worth the added cost.
2. If Asus is too pricey, take a look at ASRock. I've had good results from their boards, and no failures (although they were all AMD boards, not Intel). ASRock boards tend to review well (HardwareSecrets has looked at a fair number of them), and they use high quality components like solid caps and ferrite core chokes.
3. 8GB of RAM is sufficient. There is little difference between DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600, but the prices may be essentially the same. I don't think getting anything faster is worthwhile.
Thanks for the fast reply.I propably should have mentioned before im currently running an ancient intel dg35ec board with a core 2 duo E8500 and 4gb ddr2 800 ram so i guessed thats more important to upgrade than the gpu now