I'd like to know peoples thoughts on this, how can I save money? or get better value? etc. What's left is a mid range case and power supply which I am currently looking at Thermaltake. I could pilfer the power supply from my old rig which was a 700W Thermaltake but it is currently 5 years old. I am also considering using my old case which is a Thermaltake Kandalf. I'd also prefer an nVidia card as a few games I have now and some I plan on getting use PhysX (Some use it quite heavily) although I may be swayed by a good value ATI setup.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My whole rig is 5 years old and is starting to struggle with newer games. And with the upcoming release of Planetside 2 I figured it was perfect timing for a new rig. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hey there. I will list prices from MSY, but link from PCCaseGear because they have better detailed info. With a $1500 budget, your just not going to see any performance benefit building on an x79 platform for gaming. Going with an unlocked i5 on z77 will give you the required CPU performance for gaming, and free up your budget to allow for serious GPU performance with a gtx 670 (which is what counts for most games).
Decided to up the screen to a 16:10 Samsung. For the case I'll just use my old Kandalf case as it is a beast of a case with great cooling. Still need to decide if I'll get another HDD as I've got 3 sitting in my other rig, although I don't believe they are SATA3. Is there are huge difference between SATA2 and 3?
for gaming lga 1155 so get 3570k. you dont need any x79 cpus unless you are going crazy with video editing. I MEAN CRAZY. and if you want i7 get i7 3770K. I think you should wait untill 660 Ti comes out. It is rumored that when that happens all other prices will drop
Not sure I'd trust it though.... I'd give your local a call to double check.
If you've got those HDDs to spare, I would use one for now. You've got the SSD for when speed is required. One happy day Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDDs might become available in Aus again... and maybe they will be $60 (which is what you used to pay for them) Ha
Is there a big difference between the AsRock z77 Extreme 4 and the Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155? From what I can tell AsRock has a better power delivery system but the Asus has better software/features. Leaning towards the AsRock. Also I can get the Gigabyte nVivida 670 OC from my local CentreCom which is good news.