I built my current machine a few years ago and I'm looking to upgrade across the board. It does what I need it to do pretty well, but I usually can't run games at max settings and maintain 60fps and using xsplit to stream tends to cripple my performance as well, so I'm looking for something pretty beefy that will solve these issues. Here is my current build:
I have a handful of SSDs and storage drives, so I'm solid on those for a while.
New Build Ideas
I need a CPU, video card, motherboard, power supply (possibly), and some type of cooling.
My budget for the remaining items is around $1000. I'm willing to go up or down a bit if there is a compelling reason.
I plan on using the same monitors and memory in my new build. If possible, I would also use the power supply, but I'm not too worried about that if it means I have to limit the capabilities of the machine. I plan on using this case by Fractal Design.
For the CPU, I'm stuck between the Ivy Bridge i5 and i7, and the Sandy Bridge i5 and i7. A lot of the reviews are showing that IB is only outperforming SB at stock settings, and I do plan on overclocking. I want the best performance possible but I don't want to spend a lot of extra money on something that won't give a noticeable improvement.
I don't know much about current motherboards and video cards, so I'm definitely up for suggestions. If my power supply won't work with the newer stuff then I'll be getting one.
How easy is it to install your own liquid cooling? The idea of an even quieter machine sounds really nice, but I've never done it before and wouldn't want to screw anything up.
CPU- This is the Ivy Bridge equivalent of the i5-2500k. I think it will be fine with 4.5 clocks because most have been complaining about severe OC temps.
GPU- This is a pretty high end video card. If you want to drop it down you could pickup an AMD 7870 or 7850 which will handle WoW @ max,
Liquid cooling- I included a strong aftermarket air cooler. If you wanted to go with a liquid cooling CPU that is up to you
Why suggest a chassis like the Fractal Design Define R3 to someone who you should be able to easily tell probably wouldn't either a. like it or b. need it.
Now yes, the R3 is an excellent case, but he did say in his first post what he needed new, a new case was not in the list.
Plus the R3 is kind of expensive for some people (I know some who swear they will never buy a $100+ case) so instead of suggesting he buys that when he has a perfectly good one already, perhaps take that $110 and put it towards maybe a 7970 (why not?) or a higher end motherboard (Ex6) or perhaps towards an arguably, better CPU heatsink?
I changed the build around because you already have the case. I upgraded the GPU to a 7970 and also included a pretty standard liquid cooler because you had mentioned it. If you do NOT want to stick with liquid cooling you can pickup anything from a CM Evo 212, Corsair CAFA70, Noctua NH-D14.
By the way this is a pretty insane machine. You definitely have a lot of room to cutback if you want but that is completely up to you.
I hope that answers all your questions but let us know if you have more!!
*Reference or non-reference. Reference meaning the standard version of what AMD/Nvidia putout and non-reference meaning manufacturers adding customization like special cooling or design.
*Stock speeds- some manufacturers will adjust the stock speeds before they send them out.
In terms of price it goes- reference, reference clocked higher, non reference, non reference clocked higher. This is all dependent on the manufacturer as well because some are more expensive then others
Sorry I probably went too in depth.
If you want the power of a 680 go for it, otherwise the 7970 would be just fine.
What power supply should I go with if I wanna get a 2nd graphics card down the road? I've decided that I'll just leave the one I have in my current computer so I can keep it around as a second/backup pc, and I figured that I might wanna pick up another graphics card later on.
Those are both pretty overkill for 680 SLI. You'll be fine with a TX 750 or 650. Total power draw from Prime95 + Furmark shouldn't exceed 550W~. Remember, you're buying extremely power efficient hardware compared to the previous few generations. IB 1155 only has a 77W TDP, the video cards at 195.