I have been slowly adding pieces to my current rig but it is time for the CPU and mobo to be replaced. I am a gamer, no video or photo editing on it. I play it all from Battlefield to SWTOR to simulation (planes/trains/racing). Currently I have the EVGA GTX 560 ti 1gig but it is installed in a PCI-E 1.0 mobo (AsusTek P5N-E SLI) so I know I am not getting near the graphics power out of it I can. I run everything on 1920x1200 on a 24" monitor. Things look good now, but I want them to look great. Here is my plan:
Case - (Own Already) I will choose between the two I have.
Ram - Need recommendation but 16gig is what I want.
HDD - (Own Already) 250gig SATA salvaged from current rig
Additional info - I will not be overclocking at the moment since I really don't know what to do in that area. I WILL be stepping up to a SLI configuration within 2-3 months with another GTX 560 Ti. I have read a few other posts and since what most seem to say is the i7 is overkill for now, maybe a small SSD will be feasible. I am looking to stay between $600-$700 for the 3 pieces I need, but that can be moved a bit. Just need some advice if these items will go well together with the current items, and that my PSU looks ok for my new items.
First off - don't get an Intel board - they're very bland on features and don't support higher RAM capacities. On a strictly gaming rig you don't need 16GB - 8GB is all you will need. I'd also switch out that PSU - Cooler Master is far from the best brand from what I hear.