Less than a year ago I built myself a decent desktop, my first build actually. (specs given below). I am now looking for a possible upgrade for its components. Need help with the best possible upgrade advice. Or is it better to wait for a few more months? Completely happy with the current performance but just got bitten by the upgrade bug Btw, Multimonitor is not a possibility due to limited desk space and other constraints
Definitely not looking at liquid cooling since it is out of budget and I am stuck with a corsair H80. I know ssd is a good upgrade but prices seem to be falling rapidly and with possible discounts in a few more months, I would prefer to hold the ssd purchase.
The large amount of storage goes for my photography and video-editing. Other use for this computer is to learn and practice 3D animation (self-taught) in Maya, 3dSmax and Google Sketchup and also work in AUTOCAD/Revit.
Finally play games at 1920X1080 - BF3, Max payne 3, FIFA 2012, crysis series, mass effect, Kingdoms of amalur, witcher, assassins creed, etc.
Any suggestions/recommendations will be of great help!!
SSD for sure as suggested. Only other thing I might recommend, and it's not really an upgrade, more of a software specific device would be a firepro video card. You won't use it for games and such but for your autocad and 3D rendering it is specifically built to give you the exact lines and performance used with this type of software, instead of the speed (FPS) required for gaming. If you do a little research into the differences betweem gaming and autocad and 3D software you'll see what I'm getting at. Of course you will have to change out the video cards or change it to the primary device when you want to do this but it's not usually much of a hassle. Just a simple card like this HP FirePro V4800 ATi PCIe, new on ebay for only $125.