Hi guys, I'm new to the forum although I've been following the tek for a long time.
So I have a few questions for you guys. I have a build that I made in November 2012 and I just so happen to have £1k that I must quickly get rid of because money is the root of all evil.
Well, actually that's the maximum I could spend. If I spent less than that, I could avoid having to wonder what I'm doing with my life...
What would you guys recommend to keep me going for what would hopefully be the rest of this gen, assuming that's possible? I'm currently playing at 1080p @75hz and I don't intend on changing that for a long while, I just want as much horsepower as possible so I can max everything out for as long as possible. I also use this rig for graphic design and 3D animation (sporadically).
(I don't care if it's overkill for now)
My current build goes as follows:
- CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz
- RAM: 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-29)
- GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7950 (XFX Pine Group)
- Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 (MS-7758)
- Audio: ASUS Xonar D1
- Marantz PM4000 Amplifier
- Eltax Monitor 3 Speakers
- AKG K550 Headphones
Storage: 250GB Samsung SSD 840 Series
1397GB Seagate ST31500341AS
- Peripherals: Filco Majestouch Ninja TKL (MX Browns)
- Logitech G400
- Case: Fractal Design R4
- PSU: Silverstone 650w
Should I wait until AMDs new GPUs? I noticed the new LOTR game has a 6GB GPU memory requirement for the Hi-Res texture pack, is this the first of many more to come?
Or would another 7950 suffice? It'd be one of the cheaper options but how are AMDs drivers with Crossfire these days? I also have a triple slot aftermarket cooler on my current 7950 so space is kinda.. tight. I'm not even sure if my PSU could handle another.
Excuse the sagging. I'd probably just get a PCI extender cable and mount my audio card in the vertical slot in my case if I could get another card in there without my current one rubbing it or getting in the way altogether.
My mind is swimming with potential things to change! Help me! Arrrrgh!