So just looking for a quick bit of advice here, for what you guys would do in my situation. My current rig is:
Q6600@3.2ghz (at 1.3v i think and with hyper212 evo, temps~30 idle 45-50 load)
EVGA GTX 570 SC
Gigabyte P41 (crap but it does the job)
4GB 1333mhz DDR3
WD black 300gb
Corsair TX650 PSU
Now ive decided that, as many ppl who enjoy building PC's do, i would give myself a little project when i next have some spare time. Since my case is really bad (cant even find a brand name) ive decided to get a new one. Price would be ~£60-70 and i would be looking for a mid tower with good airflow, and plenty of space. Just generally nice features like cpu cutout, space behind mobo tray, and tooless HD mounting ect. While i was at it i thought i may as well go one of two paths:
Invest in an SSD, since im sure the general loading improvements would be great
Do an overhaul of the cpu,mobo,ram
Bare in mind that currently i am perfectly satisfied with the performance of the PC, being able to run things such as far cry 3 at 1080p maxed out comfortably (45-50fps), only really struggling with things on max such as BF3. Yes i know that the GPU is almost certainly being bottlenecked but its still providing more than enough power for my needs.
So in my situation, what would you do?
Thanks in advance for any replies/suggestions.
With that said, Haswell is coming out soon. You're best bet is to wait for the new Intel chips, then jump onto the Haswell platform. Also, at that time, get a 120/128gb SSD to boot your OS and programs.
Plus HDD prices are the best in a long time. You can get a 1TB HDD for $65.
Thanks for the quick replies guys. Wow didnt realise that HDD prices had dropped down that much again. Was definitely going to wait for haswell before i got a new cpu regardless of what i wanted to upgrade first, and seeing those improvements it would be rather temping. Perhaps in the mean time i will have a have a look into getting both an SSD, maybe 128gb as has been suggested, and a larger HDD since i could use the space.
Also, does anybody have any good suggestions for a case with the rough specifications that i mentioned in the first post. Have been having a look myself but there are so many to choose from. Had a look at an NZXT Phantom 410, but im sure there are better choices for slightly cheaper.
Good call. You have a decent CPU and Haswell is gonna be a nice jump. Yes, HDD prices are so cheap it is tempting to buy more space. You listed a 350gb HDD, which is really low nowadays. As for SSD, I would wait to get a SSD when you buy Haswell, so you can install everything onto the SSD at one time. (The best way to install OS on SSD is fresh install)
NZXT makes great cases. The 410 is great! You can easily get cheaper cases for $50-70.