Having recently consulted a friend on a new gaming rig, I went ahead and purchased the following system:
Ati phenom AMD Bulldozer FX 4100
Asrock 970 Extreme 3 Mobo
8GB DDR3 Corsair 1600 (2 x 4Gb)
Integrated Sound Card
AKASA AK-968 X4 CPU COOLER
DVD+/- RW - 22X Samsung SATA
500GB SATA Hard Drive SATA 3
ATI HD 7770 (1024MB PCI Express DDR DVI
CiT Vantage Black Midi Gaming Case HD Audio Black Interior 4 Fans Blue
CiT 600W Gold Edition PSU
Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
However I came across this website when looking at the ATI HD 7770 performance and seen some of the reviews of my components. As a result i have now allocated additional resources (in the form of around £600-£800-would prefer closer to £600), to improve this rig. I will be ordering parts and replacing myself.
I have so far found a few upgrades, which look promising:
Is it worth upgrading the Motherboard? (or just upgrade the CPU?)
Is it worth upgrading the CPU? to intel as i read that they are better for gaming?)
Is it worth upgrading the PSU or is the current one sufficient?
Is it necessary to upgrade the current CPU cooler?
Is it necessary to upgrade the case to accomodate the potential new Motherboard and GPU?
Apologies for a long post, but I look forward to any/all feedback.