Upgrade, Rebuild, Or Wait For New System?

So I've been on several forums trying to get the most feedback on how I should essentially upgrade my gaming rig. Well I initially came out saying that I have a $2000 budget and that I can use that to build an entirely new system however, for the most part, people have been advising to simply upgrade the parts I have now and save some cash as my platform is, and can remain viable for a few more years to come (atleast until Haswell-E or Skylake, I would hope). I suppose I could also upgrade to the upcoming Ivy Bridge-E platform, slated to come out in the fall, but again as I've been told, just upgrading my specs would be the best option.

So here's my current build (3 years old)

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz 



RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 

DISPLAY: SyncMaster 2233SB,SyncMaster Magic CX2233SB(Digital) 1920 x 1080 

STORAGE: Western Digital WD VelociRaptor 10000 RPM 300GB

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 64 bit PSU: Corsair 750TX

And these are the parts I would upgrade to my system.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJj8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJj8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJj8/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon) 

Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ NCIX US) 

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon) Total: $589.97

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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The idea, as I've been told in the forums, is to OC my CPU, hence the water cooler from corsair, so that it may keep on par with a more powerful GPU, which is a key component that I mostly need to upgrade. In addition to this, get an SSD for more space. Any and all suggestions are welcome.

Please move this to the Build a PC forum. My mod powers do not extend to the Inbox.EXE forum, but this forum is not meant for build questions.

However, if I were you, I'd invest in a nice 1440p monitor, new GPU(s), watercooling, and maybe an SSD, more RAM, etc. with what you have left.


This has plenty of room for new RAM, a new case, fittings, and even an SSD. Depending on your case, which I don't see listed, you will have different radiator support. I recommend Alphacool NexXxos full copper radiators, but there are plenty of great options. What is your case? 

Will do thanks for the feedback! =)

My question still stands; what is your case?

I would say to get something like a 770 or a 780, and SSD, and a good high res monitor (or three). I personally like the ~500gb SSDs, because they tend to have a good gb/price ratio as well as have enough space for my games (or at least most of them). The ram is a bit lacking, but not really too much in need of improvement. The cooler should be just fine with stock, unless you plan to overclock. That is really the only reason to bother with a cooler (especially an expensive one).

I appreciate the feedback the more the better! Here's my case, Brennan.


That case doesn't support many radiators... You may consider a nice simple case like an Arc Midi R2, or the big boy Corsair 900D.

If I get a new case it would be to upgrade fully. So if that's case I guess OC is not an option.

OC is still an option. Instead of watercooling, get a nice air cooler, like the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, and some nice fans, like Noctua NF-A14s, for it. Invest the other money into a better PSU, more RAM, a huge SSD, and such.

How about?


No, that is a very low end CPU cooler. The Phanteks PH-TC14PE will literally rape that cooler in performance :)

Got it. I'm not sure if I should invest on more RAM since I'm kinda hopeful for the new DDR4 in which case I'd upgrade to a new mobo/CPU/RAM, but that won't be until another year or so.

But this would be good


You can get 16GB kits for that price, or just a little bit more. I'd look into a 2x8GB kit of G.SKILL Sniper 1866mHz CL9 memory.

The thing is that my mobo is triple channel so if I add more than 3 sticks it might go slow on me

No, it'll just run the 2 sticks in dual channel.

Basically what I need is an upgrade that can sustain my system until Haswell-E or Skylake. That's why I'm kinda sacrificing the possibility of upgrading from ground up to like an IvyBridge-E build. I do want a better display, what would be better 1080p 120hz 2 ms  or 1440p?

You could always get two 1440p panels, sucha s the Korean ones, like a Catleap or Shimian, instead ;)

I'm good with just one =P

Look deep inside, and ask yourself. You're not.

Oh c'mon =P I am I took a look at one it looks sweet.


But I'm always told that 120 hz and lower response rate is the way to go for gaming.