Hello everyone! This will be my first post, but I've visited the site many times over the years...
I will begin upgrading most of my self-built gaming PC from 2011 very soon. I always use Newegg. Here are my current specs:
COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
I am hoping to start by upgrading my Motherboard and Processor and due to the low price and high reviews they are getting, I was considering these two choices:
I will be keeping my current case, unless there is an issue I'm not aware of. I will be upgrading my Video Card to an R9 290 eventually (waiting for a good sale). I will also be upgrading to Windows 8.1 with my new build.
My main questions are:
1) Do I need to upgrade my Power Supply (620W) along with the new Motherboard/CPU, or can I wait until I get my R9 290 later this year? If so, what wattage?
2) Will the current RAM I have transfer and be compatible with the new Motheboard I get? (I will be upgrading to Sniper series 1866 later on also)
3) I will be picking up a 1440p monitor probably this holiday season - thoughts on R9 290 with that? I like to play modern games on high settings with maybe 60FPS minimum...
4) Does anyone have any general advice or criticisms of my proposed build ideas?
I have a little wiggle room to pay more but I would rather stick with where I'm at or go lower if there's a better deal out there. I am a casual PC gamer but I do appreciate having high-end components with great graphics quality if it is within my budget. I currently play Guild Wars 2 a lot and will be getting GTA 5 when it comes out. I have built several PCs but still consider myself a novice in many areas so I would appreciate all the help you guys can give! Thanks.
Edited by 101cjamison, 18 July 2014 - 03:12 PM.