Parts Preferences: I'm an intel user, but i'm willing to change it
Overclocking: Maybe - i haven't done any overclocking so far, but if the gains are too many, i might learn.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe same with overclocking.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 right now, but i want to upgrade to a monitor with 1920x1080, 120 hz refresh rate,
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My 5 year old system starts to have some troubles mostly in everything. So i've decided to build a new one and format and give my old one to my brother or mother. And i want this new system to last at least 4 or 5 years minimum.
do overclocking make noticable difference in performance? i've never oc'd so far but back then there was a danger of overloading and killing the cpus. i'm guessing that rarely happens these days. If it is worth it, i might change my cpu to 3570k.
But i'm guessing without overclocking, it is just a waste of time buying 3570k instead of 3550 or 3470?
between 3470 and 3550 there is 9$ difference so 3550 is better to get it seems.