After 4 years it's time to upgrade my pc. My goal is to have a gaming pc that can handle current games like Skyrim, Deus Ex and Witcher 2, but is also capable of running Guild Wars 2 and Dishonored in the future.
- aiming to game at a 1920x1080 hd resolution
- not going to OC
- not aiming to run sli/crossfire
- budget: around 800€/$, I do need money for windows 7 and a monitor
My current system is:
Intel Core2 Duo CPU E8400 @3ghz
Gigabyte motherboard P35C-DS3R (supposed to support DDR3)
2x OCZ 2048MB 800MHz ddr2 ram
Sapphire ATI Raedon HD 4850 512MB
Samsung 320GB SATA II Harddisk
Arctic Freezer 7 pro
Antec Sonata Plus 550
Antec Neopower 550
What I'm looking for is cost efficient upgrades, trying to 'recycle' as many old parts as possible, but also having a pc without an obvious bottleneck and that technically fits together.
So far I'm thinking about getting:
- an i5-3450 cpu: I was thinking about the i5-3570, but since I don't plan to overclock it doesn't seem worth it
- a GTX 560 or a HD 7850: I know one is clearly better then the other, but I'm wondering if the extra money for the 7850 is worth it
- a Samsung Syncmaster S24B35OH "24 monitor. This seems to be a great 24" monitor.
- a 64 or 128 gb Samsung ssd. Not sure which size I should get or if it's going to fit into my budget. Is 64gb enough for windows 7 and 2-3 games?
What I'm still clueless about is:
- what's a suitable motherboard?
- I want 8gb of ram, but which brand? Do I want 1600mhz ram or 1333mhz?
- Can I still use my current gaming case? It feels a bit small and doesn't have a vent on the side. It did come with a power supply which was nice, and it does have so air flow on the sides at the front. But will it work with a new motherboard and gpu?