It's working great, nothing wrong with it aside from a broken side panel fan wire, but I'm getting the itch to upgrade something.
I have a roommate who wants me to build him a system. His budget is $1200. Within that budget, basically all I'm coming up with is "my computer, minus something." There are a couple of things I might consider doing differently to save money without sacrificing performance (for instance, a cheaper case and a 650W Builder Edition PSU) but overall, as far as I can tell, in the $1200 range, you're pretty much looking at my rig with maybe some differently-branded components and less storage. Maybe the 660Ti instead of the 7870 GHz Edition.
He also doesn't have the money to spend right now - he's budgeting the $1200 over the next month - but he needs the computer as soon as possible because his is having some issues. I, on the other hand, have money to spend upfront. So my thought is "Instead of upgrading mine and building him a new one, I could deliver better value for both of us if I just sold him mine and built myself a new one."
So, question 1: Is $1200 a fair price for my computer, fully assembled and delivered, with a stable 4.4GHz overclock, a clean OS install and in-house technical support? That is, is that at least a good a deal as he could expect to get new for that price in the next month? It's very important to me to know that we're both getting a good deal out of this. The system has about 4 months of use, but has been exceptionally well-cared for, never overheated, and is completely clean, dust-free, stable, and performs well.
Question 2: I have a net budget of about $600 for upgrades. That is, I can spend $600 directly upgrading my rig, or, if I sell mine for $1200, I can spend a total of about $1800 on a new one.
So what would you suggest for:
1) Upgrades to my current system at under $600
2) A new system at $1700-1800
My priorities are:
1) Quality and reliability. I will gladly and unquestioningly pay 10-20% more for any part for better materials, better binning, or even just a better brand reputation.
2) Gaming performance at 1080p with high antialiasing settings. I'm sensitive to framerate drops, micro-stuttering, and edge flicker.
3) Streaming, recording, and video editing in 1080p.
4) Boot and load times.
5) Gaming performance at 2460x1440. I'd like to be able to support a WQHD monitor in the future, but I don't currently have one, and I can't afford both a monitor and a system to support it, so I want the system first so I can buy the monitor later.
6) Cooling. I keep my room relatively warm at all times, and I live in Seattle where there's no A/C during the summer, so I need my computer to be able to handle ambient temperatures of 24-35C without getting uncomfortably hot.
7) Avoiding SLI/Crossfire. I play some games that don't like it, and I don't want to deal with it unless the performance difference is very large and the price difference is very small.
8) Ease of overclocking.
9) Looks. In the absence of a large quality difference, I would prefer to buy attractive components in matching colors. Cable management/minimalism is also important.
The following is non-negotiable:
- CPU must be an Ivy Bridge K-series.
- Motherboard must be Asus and have onboard wireless.
- The only upgrade I'll consider for my SSD is a Samsung 840 Pro series.
- Any new PSU must be modular.
- Case will be Corsair unless there's a very, very good reason to choose a different brand.
I don't care at all about:
- Acoustics. I actually like the white noise of computer fans. I don't want whiny fans, but as long as the pitch is low, I don't care if it roars like a jet engine.
- Size. I have all the space in the world for my tower.
- Weight. In any situation where I'd be moving my computer, the difference between 20 and 40 pounds is irrelevant.
- Multi-monitor setups, Eyefinity, etc. Don't like, don't want.
- Any external connector or connection protocol that isn't DVI, USB, ethernet, wireless, sound, or maybe Bluetooth.
- RAID. My data is neither important enough for RAID 1 nor unimportant enough for RAID 0.
- SATA II ports beyond 2, SATA ports beyond 3, PCI-E slots beyond 2.
Thanks. I'm having trouble getting excited by Crossfire 7950s, but it's probably better than anything I'm coming up with (most of the builds I'm coming up with involve a 7970 GHz Edition and then wasting money on a ROG board and shiny things).