I haven't kept up with hardware trends in years so I could use some input on an upgrade.
My system is more or less decent as is but I feel like my mobo is rather dated with DDR2, USB2, and SATA3g/s. And to upgrade it, the rest must follow so I'm looking for advice on replacing the CPU, MOBO, and RAM.
So far, I've done a little leg work and I'm liking the following setup
Definitely open to suggestions and not absolutely set on anything (though I do love that mobo design)
Just as a basic overview of what I'm keeping:
GPU - EVGA GTX 580,
SSD system drive plus other drives and NAS
Asus p5k mobo
I use a lot of graphics programs like photoshop. I do minor vid editing and might like to do more soon. I barely have time for games anymore but it's still important to me when I do. And I multi-task like crazy. I do want to do a moderate overclock, enough to take advantage of the liquid cooling, but nothing extreme.
I can afford better than average but not the ultimate. I cringe at the days of spending $1000 on a cpu. I don't care about bragging rights anymore, just a really good solid power system for work and gaming.
Those sabertooth mobos are pretty slick right? But I've heard they've got a bunch of driver and software flaws. If i were you i would replace the sabertooth with an ASRock Extreme4 Z77. I have heard nothing but outstanding reviews about it, and although ASRock customer service is iffy, I can tell you they've definitely stepped it up. The only problem is that they are selling out like mad! My favorite local store sold 11 in a weekend, which may not seem like alot, but considering that 11 people bought the same board, it must be a great board.
Edit: The Extreme4 s also handles overclocking like a boss!
Thanks for the input. Yeah the sabertooth board is beautiful. Glad you mentioned the issues cause I looked into it and it seems like its from needing to update the bios with the ivy chips before it will boot (good to know before going into it). Other than that it has some of the best reviews I've seen on a board. Plus it has more USB ports and faster native ram speed so I'm still leaning toward that one but definitely open to more input.