I have had the same PC for a number of years now and about 18 months ago, it reached the limit of how I can upgrade it and it is starting to show it's age.
It's been a while since I spec'd out my own PC so I could do with some advise.
Here is what I currently have:
Asus Maximus Formula (first edition)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (sometimes over clocked but mostly not)
8GB Kingston (4 x 2GB) I forget the exact name of the memory as it was so long since I bought it... but it is PC2-6400.
Various hard drives which will be the only components I will transfer, including an OCZ Agility 3 SSD 240GB and a 300GB VelociRaptor
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX - this was an old card after the water cooling leaked out all over the card I previously had. Sufficed to say I no longer have nor ever wish to have a water cooled PC ever again!
1000W PSU (moduler) - again I forget what make and model it is as it has been so long since I bought it!
The case is Thermaltake and was built for water cooling. I would definitely like a new case.
As I say, only the drives will be what I keep.
I am looking to spend £1000 - £1500 and considering getting it on finance so it may be up to £2000 if I can get all the components from the same site should they offer any kind of finance options.
I have been impressed with the Asus motherboard and would be interested in having the latest version of the board, but am very open to suggestion.
In a way, because I have not really bought myself much of late, nor have I built any PC's for friends in a long time, I am very out of touch so I probably need some pointing in the right direction to focus my research
I mainly use the PC for gaming on dual Samsung SyncMaster P2450 monitors. I also use it for hosting some VM machines for playing about with server o/s's
I do not need to worry about an OS license as work pay for such things (thank god!)
Id go now 1155 setup with xeon 1230V2 cpu and B75 / H77 mobo.
If you want you can go to a Z-77 board but maybe better saving than get one.
Its cheap and better performer for money you put in to it.
16 GB 1600MHz ram. (2*8GB ) Corsair or Gskill is good.
Forget the SLI setups because you can replace one card to an other when first dont work any more at games. Then you need only a good 450-550w power.
Take a look at silverstone cases. wery good if you thinking watercooling. And they work good air cooled systems too. Quiet and good air flow to keep your rig cool.
Gpu id take a 7950/7970 or Nvidia GTX 670 Asus or Gigabyte are good.
If you overclock the gpu take a 7950 factory oc modell. Think it was a gigaherz editin or something like that.
Remember that haswell is coming out and new Ati gpus are soon in stores.
Maybe better wait and see how they work?