Hey everyone. It's time to upgrade my computer! When I bought the current one, I got tons of helpful tips from people here, and since then the only thing that's been upgraded is the GPU, since the old one died on me. So I find myself with a system that has a GPU that's more than overkill compared to the other parts. But let's get down to what is currently in the machine!
Motherboard: Asus P5Q3
GPU: GTX 580
CPU: Intel E8500 3.16 GHz Dual-Core
RAM: 4 GB DDR3 (I think, a little unsure)
Audio: Creative X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty
HDD: SSD Crucial RealSSD 300 128 GB
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silence(r?) 750w
Case: Antec 1200
Now since the RAM and CPU is what's holding me back the most, I'm looking at either overclocking, or getting one of those closed watercooling loops for the CPU and overclock it to hell and back again, so to speak. :P I don't have that much experience with overclocking, but even so I can't imagine with such an old CPU that it will last a whole lot longer than it has. Currently it runs at near 100% load during most newer games (Skyrim, BF3 etc). The RAM is also quite often in the high 60-70% if I run too many applications at once.
What I'm looking at upgrading is the motherboard, CPU, RAM, possibly the audio card
After looking at some motherboards, I realized just how out of touch with the new hardware I've become, and this one is probably going to be among the biggest headaches. It needs to support DDR3 RAM obviously, looking at socket 1155, and ofc USB 3.0.
Since the audio card has an IDE cable that runs from the card itself to the front mounted control panel (which seriously restricts airflow), I'm looking at a replacement. The audio card needs to support RCA connections, since I run the audio from my xbox through the PC speakers. But I'm open to other solutions if you know any!
I'd like to keep at the very least 3.16 GHz on the CPU or higher, while increasing from 2 cores to 4.
Upgrading RAM to at least 8 GB, but won't mind higher. Although for the moment I think anything above 16, or even 12 GB might be overkill for pure gaming.
As for the PSU, I'm considering switching to a modular one, with 750w which should still suffice given the upgrades. The reason I'm switching to a modular one is due to easier cable management. I recall last time I was building my computer, I was advised not to get a modular, due to loss of power or some such (memory is a bit fuzzy). But does the modular PSUs really make that much of a difference? Is it going to be even noticeable, unless you're really pushing the performance to the absolute maximum?
Anyway on to which parts I've looked at.
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz 16 GB kit (4x4GB)
The motherboard I don't really have a good reasoning for, apart from it receiving some decent reviews, and people saying it's aimed at gaming. CPU is basically a rather cheap upgrade, considering it has higher clock speeds and double the cores of my current CPU, and the RAM, well they were cheap, good speed and for about 17USD extra, I got 16 GB over 12. And they can hopefully be used during the next upgrade, but who knows.
My old parts will go towards building a relatively cheap gaming computer for my brother if he's still interested by the time I can buy the upgrades.
Also one last request, which is entirely unrelated to the PC upgrades. I've got an old case, nothing fancy, just a standard more or less workstation like case from Acer, which I'm thinking of putting some cheap parts in and setting up as a file server. Does anyone here have experience with setting up a file server, and got some helpful tips?