Running a Q6600 system that has been running strong overclocked to 3.0ghz for at least 5 years without a hiccup. My buy stuff finger is getting itchy.
Q6600 @ 3.0ghz
Gigabyte low end mobo
4 GB corsair ram
Vista 64 bit ultimate
Corsair VX 550 PSU
Zalman CPU solid copper cooler with 120mm fan, about the size of a soccer ball
WD Caviar Black 1TB
Antec 900 stays
WD Caviar Black 1TB stays
Corsair VX 550 PSU stays (if it will push the new system) =x
3570K - will probably overclock
Gigabye probably the Z77 UD3P, since the cost is near identical to the D3H atm
GTX 660 ti or possibly radeon 7850 or similar
16 GB patriot XMP w/e 9-9-9-24
Windows 7/8 (would rather have 7 but 8 is quite tempting for 40$)
If I wasn't lazy, simple math may prove the Q6600 draws more power than the 3570K system. Simple math may also mislead me.
On a tight budget, seems like the corsair is sill running rock solid... Is there a program I should test the PSU with?
Yep. That PSU will be fine. You've had it for a while I assume, so it's efficiency over time would have dropped. But if it's around 2 years old, it should still be fine for a little while longer. If any more than 2 years, I would consider a new one.
By the way, the HD 7870 is more on par with the GTX 660 Ti in terms of performance. The HD 7850 is probably on par with the GTX 650 Ti Boost.