First post after spending many years browsing for tips
I'm looking for advice on a potential new build/upgrade
My current machine does what it needs to, but is starting to get long in the tooth (now 5 years old). I mainly use it for gaming (as far as hard work goes), the rest of the time it serves as a media centre/Blu-ray player. It sits in the corner of the living room so noise is also an important consideration (OCZ StealthXStream PSU is louder than I'd like)
Current System: (key components)
CPU+cooler: Q6600 @ 3GHz, Nexus LXM-8200 cooler with replacement Noctua NF-B9 Vortex-Control 92mm Quiet Case Fan
MB: Asus P5Q iP45 Socket 775 Motherboard
RAM: 6GB crucial DDR2 PC2-8500
GPU: HD5770 Vapor-x
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 500W
HDD: Crucial 120GB SSD + 1TB WD caviar Black +3TB WD Caviar Green
Case: XClio Propeller Midi Tower Case 36cm Quiet Side Fan + 2x Noctua 100mm case fans
My upgrade thoughts are:
CPU: i5 3750k vs i7 3770k? with Noctua NH-D14 cooler
MB: I like ASUS, is it worth investing in Thunderbolt (Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE is nice but maybe too pricey)
RAM: expect 8GB crucial?
GPU: HD7950 Vapor-X? (Nvidea thoughts? is Phys-x worth it)
HDD, PSU, case etc will be re-used (potential upgrade to Fractal Design R4)
Any recommendations/advice would be appreciated, my budget isn't fixed, around £500ish but happy to adjust for quality/value components.
Is now a good time to upgrade? is there anything that is worth waiting a number of months for?
I will be building this PC on Thursday (when I get my final pieces). Got it for gaming, and I like quiet (like you). I went for performance/value/quality picks. Obviously you're using euros, but I'm not sure how to convert it like some do on here. Anyway, maybe this can help you:
CPU- 3570K for gaming and 3770K for video editing ( the 3770k has hyperthreading so it will perform better while editing video)
MB- Asus P8Z77 V PRO or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H (id go with any one, both are great... I have the p8z77 v pro and im very happy with it...
RAM- Corsair Vengence 8GB (2x4GB) @ 1600Mhz or G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) @ 1600Mhz or G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) @ 1600Mhz or Corsair Vengence Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) @1600Mhz NOTE- The 3rd and forth option are low profile so buy this if you are using lage CPU coolers like the NH-D14. Since you are, go for any one of the last 2 options
GPU- Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II TIP- Make sure that you have a minimum PSU wattage of 500W
make sure you pick up the newer low profile ram. it fit under most coolers. for power supply fan noise buy one that a little oversize for the rig and has active pfc as part of the ps. the pfc will only spin the fan up when needed. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
there more money then a stock bronze power supply but there worth the extra costs.
Thanks for the comments so far,
CPU: looks like the i5 over the i7, i5 ~£160 ($250) i7~£240 ($375) (Using British Pounds, GBP, not Euros). It needs to trade price against future proofing/replacement cost, CPU upgrade nearly always seems to include MB+RAM too and gets costly.
Low profile RAM is good advice, hadn't been considered.
Asus P8Z77 V PRO looks a good choice, I've read a few bits about buying a Thunderbolt card at a later date if it takes off?
Might look at PSU later with a view to a Crossfire/SLI setup
As above, I don't need new PSU etc, Monitor/OS are staying too, I'm currently running Windows 7 and using a 37" TV@1920×1080
GPU: Not sure I can justify the cost of a 7970 over a 7950, takes it from ~£260(~$380) to ~£350(~$550)