The time is come to upgrade my setup. I am coming from a Q9450 w/ a GTX 280.
After doing a few days of research, below is what I have come up with. I am ultimately looking for the best bang for your buck setup, which will be very easy to over clock. I also plan to play around with an SSD setup for games/operating system with an HDD for everything else. I also may want to go with a dual monitor/sli setup down the road, which is why I went kind of overboard! I also have a nice set of 5.1 Klipsch speakers, which is why I added a sound card. The only real thing I was torn about was the video card. Either a 7970, GTX 670 or GTX 680... and from reading reviews, the 7970 seems the way to go and best value.
If you have any suggestions please list what part you'd rather use and why.
I appreciate all comments, opinions, suggestions. I plan on ordering first thing tomorrow morning! THANKS!!!
Just a few changes. Your gonna need the "k" version of the i5 3570 to overclock. And cooler master doesn't make the greatest power supplys . Also, do you really need a sound card? Onboard is usually good enough.
blake1243, why do you suggest the i7-3770K over the i5-3570k?
By all means grab the 3570k over the 3770k and save $100. I thought i read somewhere you were gonna be rendering videos (in that case get a 3770k), but I just got mixed up from all the threads I have pulled up in different tabs lol.
I live near Microcenter. They have the Core i7-3770K for 230$ and the i5-3570K for 190$. For an extra $40 bucks, should I jump for the 3770k? Bench marks show the i7 is much faster. I realize for gaming it wont matter but for $40 ....
Also if I go with the i7, should I upgrade to 16 gb of ram or stick with 8?
Well, since it's really cheap the i7 on microcenter it might be worth it, if some day, you are into editing stuff, or if in the future games start using HT, if not the i5 is the cpu that you need.
8GB of ram is plenty, no need for 16GB.