Hi there I have a Older build and I am upgrading my budget is about $750 - $780
I am looking to get as follows:
i5 2500k sandy bridge
I already have ram that is decent and a Samsung 830 SSD and a western digital green 1.5TB running 120mm x3 case fans.
I guess I have two questions not sure if they can be answered but here goes.
1. Can my 500 watt PSU power a rig like this or will I need a upgrade.
2. Will this rig last 3 or 4 years playing games now that being said I know it will play them maxed now but will it probably play them maybe medium in 4 years? I just want something to last through the rest of college and into a year or do of my career.
Technically there's no real world performance difference between PCIE 3.0 and 2.0 unless you run a bench program to get a bunch of additional numbers.
What do you mean by Native USB 3.0?
What's your gaming resolution? The hardware gets outdated the moment you buy it, you can't expect to play all the modern games at very high quality, maybe for another year but after that you experience a massive decrease in your gamin FPS.
Everything you listed seems to be fine, maybe an additional set of 4 GBs of RAM, difference between Ivy and Sandy is around 5-7% and you won't feel it in real world performance specially in gaming, besides, yea it gets hotter and for sure your'e going to OC.
My resolution is 1680x1050 and I will be over clock the CPU to probably 4.0GHz I plan to buy a after maker cooler but besides CPU I will not be over clocking.
I can handle lower settings in games but I mostly play mmo's and there graphics don't go up much from year to year for example I will be playing guild wars 2 I don't switch games often so ya.
if you are overclocking to 4.0ghz, its a no brainer with ivy bridge. they dont heat up until you start cranking voltages which you shouldnt until you pass 4.3ghz. not to mention that ivy bridge uses much lower voltages