I've decided that it is time for me to upgrade my desktop computer. I'm coming here humbly asking for opinion and advices, thanks for taking the time to help .
GPU: 2x gtx-295
CPU: i7-975 XE bloomfield
MOBO : ASRock X58 extreme
RAM: G.skill 16gb trident 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)
Disks: Corsair P256 SSD + 2x 1Tera HDD wd caviar green.
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W ATX12V
Case: Thermaltake level-10
Monitor: ASUS VK266H Black 25.5"
Why I want to upgrade it?
First of all, my two gtx 295s aren't allowing me to play all the games I want on maxed-out settings and won't even run smoothly with average-to-high settings on some games.
Then, there's the temperature issue. At the moment my cpu runs between 45-55C at idle. Might be due to high ambient temp since it's in a "small" compartment with the two 295s.
I feel my motherboard isn't what it used to be.
What I would like to upgrade? A bunch of things.
First, I am looking at the i7-990X and the soon-to-come i7-995X. Will it make a big difference? Would it be smarter to wait for the next generation of processors?
Second, I've been looking at a lot of reviews on the gtx 580 and 590. It seems that choosing a SLI of 580 is recommendable over a 590 unless you're going to use 3D. Also, it seems a SLI of 590 (a quad-sli) is not recommended, so, I'm also considering a 3-way SLI of 580s.
In any case, these graphics card pump a lot of power and I'm considering replacing my PSU. I've had it for 2 years or so and it did the job well but I feel I should invest in a new one if I'm going to upgrade other parts of my computer.
About the MOBO, since we're not too far (or so it seems) from a new generation of cpus (and potentially a different socket?) would it be smarter to wait for it to happen and to then upgrade?
Finally, I've been "digging" into water-cooling a lot and I am about 80% sure that I want to add water cooling to my system. But, because I have a thermaltake level 10 case, internal/embedded cooling system are most likely out of the question and so I have been looking at external cooling systems.
I have my eyes on the Exos-2.5 (EX2-1055) Cooling System at the moment, is that a good choice?
Although I have been looking at several CPU blocks I am a complete novice in the field and don't know what to make of the information I gathered, same things for gpu cooling blocks, are they hard to mount? Would it be advisable to go for something like the evga 590 classified hydro-copper that come "pre-mounted".
Lastly, note that the surface of my cpu is scratched/damaged due to my previous heatsink having been tighten too much... and it pains me
At the moment my heatsink is a ZALMAN CNPS9900.
I would also like to get myself a new screen that would go higher than 1900x1200 so I can fully benefit my investment in new graphics cards.
Finally, thanks to anyone who contributes!
Note that money is not the problem here.
Edited by pleurebleu, 30 September 2011 - 04:59 PM.