DVD Samsung 22x SATA DVD-Writer Blk
CASE ANTEC 900 Gaming Case
HDD WD 1TB SATA3 Caviar Blue
OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
I'm currently running two monitors and want to add a third to the mix, I don't want to run a game accross all three, it's really just for multitasking, movie on one, game on another and FB, Forums, messaging in the third. I dont believe I can run 3 monitors with the current set up, but this could be an option if i added a 2nd 560ti to the rig. I will be running 3x 24" 1600x1200 monitors.
What other upgrades would be worth looking at?
SSD is obvious I think.
Worth over-clocking the CPU?
Would another 2 sticks of 4gb ram be noticeable?
Any other advice or questions are more than welcome.
I don't have a cooler on the 2600k, was actually just looking into getting a water cooling unit for it. Is this required?
Will leave RAM as is for the moment then.
Tempting to go for the cheap 610, but having said that I'd prefer to keep the systems options open so if i wanted to run 3 window gaming I could. If this were the case would it be best to stick with the exact same 560ti I've currently got?
An i7 paired with an 560 is definitely begging for a workout lol. Either SLI another 560(which should run 3 monitors, but I'm not 100% sure though), or upgrade to a 670/680 and sell your 560.
As far as overclocking, unless your play CPU bound games or do alot of encoding/editing, probably not too worthwhile. Especially with a single 560 it wouldn't matter. If you SLI another 560 or upgrade to a 670/680 (or AMD equiv) then a CPU OC may improve things a little.
As far as other upgrades, I would upgrade to 16 GB of RAM when you upgrade to an SSD. That way you can disable you page file to save writes to your SSD. An alternative would be to assign your page file to a HHD.
Paging file/Virtual Memory is basically when your RAM starts nearing its capacity, it will start dumping information back onto the HDD (by default the drive the OS is installed on). The down side of this is that SSDs are write limited, each write shortens an SSDs life. So in order to save writes and prolong the life of the SSD, you can disable your page file if you have enough RAM to prolong the life of your SSD. How much it prolongs it, can be a nice debate, but my view is any little bit helps.
IMO based only on reviews/comparisons the h60 is crap (and all low end water coolers for that matter). Unless you have severe space issues or absolutely loathe fan noise, there are to many better/cheaper air based coolers. The H80 or H100 would be worthwhile but they are overkill if you're not serious about overclocking. They are more in line with the NH-D14 (which again would be overkill). If your thinking about light OC'ing with no/small voltage changes, I would recommend something more along the likes of the Hyper 212 Evo or something in that area. I had a Hyper 212+ for years and loved it, only recently replaced it with a NH-D14 that I snagged at a great price. But honestly, if your going to stay stock clocks and are not having temp or heatsink fan noise issues there is really no need to upgrade the cooling.
Regarding the mobo, unless a z77 mobo has a feature you want/need (usb 3.0?), upgrading it won't make a difference with a Sandy Bridge CPU.
IMO based only on reviews/comparisons the h60 is crap (and all low end water coolers for that matter). Unless you have severe space issues or absolutely loathe fan noise, there are to many better/cheaper air based coolers.
This is super true. The only reason why I have one is because it looks cool and I got it for free, and you can't really beat free.