I am currently trying to decide if I should upgrade or not. I have just had my Birthday go past and my parents are insisting they want to get me something even though I said I am fine! So I thought I may as well look into things that I will definitely use, hence a possible pc upgrade!
I do want to upgrade, but was originally planning on waiting out for a year or two as it seems right now that the chipsets and all that are changing quicker than normal so it makes sense to wait for it to settle a bit? I get quite lost when it comes to motherboard types / chipsets and that kinda thing so if anybody can clear that up for me that would be awesome.
My current specs are:
Asus P8Z77-V LX
i7-3770k @ 4.7GHz (Air cooled)
32GB TridentX 2400MHz RAM.
NVIDIA GTX 680 2GB superclocked
64GB Force3 SSD S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s (Bootdrive)
128GB Force3 SSD S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s (For Games that need the speed)
3*2TB 7,200rpm harddrives (other games, music/films etc, another system drive for bulky programs)
1*1TB 10,000rpm drive (for recording/rendering, its my 'production drive')
I upgraded the RAM myself about 2 weeks ago as I managed to find that rather cheap so snapped it up as RAM prices are going up at the moment. And before you say 'WDF 32GIGS?!!' yes I do actually use it, I'm into 3d animation etc. Also After Effects which is one big ram sink!
I was wondering about a sound card but I don't have any issues with my sound at the moment so not sure it would really be a worthwhile change? Although I guess I might be missing out on a lot! Who knows.
My motherboard is by far my cheapest component.. don't hit me! So if I do upgrade I am looking to definitely purchase a new motherboard (and newer chipset so that I am future proofed to upgrade for a few more years preferable).
The GPU is fine for what I do. I do get a bit of lag sometimes while recording so have to lower settings but I can't see any way to easily increase that performance since buying a new 700 series card seems like far too much investment for only 20/30% increase in performance and I can't go for SLI since the motherboard doesn't support it. However if I upgrade the motherboard then maybe SLI 680's would be possible? Or would it be better to sell my current 680 and get a 780 or something? I personally prefer one card over two.. yeah it doesn't look as cool but gives an option for sli again in the future if I can't sell my then current card and uses less power / generates less heat. Also, I believe 2016 brings the introduction of the volta gpu that I am interested in - stacked dram etc, massively increased memory buffer etc. I will definitely be buying one of those (unless you convince me its a big waste of time) so would it be a good idea to go sli for now and then stick with the sli config until the volta gpu rather than selling and getting a 700/800 series? Or sell the 680, buy a 780, then go sli 780 in 2015 and sell both for the volta gpu in 2016. (Or just soldier on with the single 780)
I'd love more harddrive space - bigger ssd's and maybe swap the tb drives for some bigger drives (maybe some 3 or 4 tb drives) or just get some more 2tb drives and run them in a RAID config. Although in order to do that I would need a motherboard that has more sata ports. My current one only has six and since I have 6 drives they are all taken up. I cannot use my disk drive unless I swap one of the cables over - luckily you can just download most things now a days.
One thing I am planning to do is take apart my pc over Christmas and put it back together again, give it a good clean and sort it all out. So I'm also interested in possibly water cooling or some extreme air cooling as I do like to overclock etc if I can. Maybe some pretty led lights and stuff just to make it look nice. Any advice on that?
I feel that I am just rambling at the moment, so I'll stop. Any advice for upgrades would be great and I thank you in advance! Also shedding some light on future chipsets / motherboards and what would be a good plan for the next few years would be amazing.