I'm obviously a new member to tomshardware.co.uk and I wanted to get some expert advice from you guys. I'm currently in the process of choosing parts for my new build and I just wanted a bit of feedback...
Approximate Purchase Date: I will be buying parts slowly as the money comes in over the next few months
Budget Range: Roughly a 1200 euros
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D rendering, animation and gaming
Are you buying a monitor: Maybe might buy a second one...
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, Graphics card, case, SSD and maybe a moniter too
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.co.uk, Alientech.pt, Pixmania.pt
Location: I live in Portalegre, Portugal. Pretty remote actually...
Parts Preferences: Intel (for CPU) Asus (Graphics card and mobo)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Your Monitor Resolution: , 1680x1050, 1920x1080,
Additional Comments: Quiet as possible...
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Needed for current course at university and general upgrade for gaming and future-proofing
For the SSD, get a new SATA 3 model like the Crucial M4. Also, try to get 128GB if you can afford it.
As far as RAM, I'd get a 16GB kit at 1600mhz. The performance improvements at higher speeds are not great, and they might have higher than 1.5v, which can void your CPU warranty and even damage the CPU.
Speaking of the CPU, while either of those is fine, I'd probably recommend the 3770k with the Z77. No point getting last year's tech. The 3770ks OC just fine from what I read.