I'm currently in the market to upgrade my current setup, but I haven't really been paying attention to the scene recently, so I'm not sure what my options are. I really don't have a lot of problems with my current setup, other than a few nitpicks here and there. I also, don't want to shell out the money for a completely new build, but will if absolutely necessary.
I don't game as much as I used to, but still very much enjoy it when I get the free time. My current system plays most of my games pretty well, namely the Batman: Arkham
series, and Battlefield 3
. However, I recently bought Battlefield 4
and noticed that it doesn't perform as well on my system as Battlefield 3 does. This is what actually made me think about upgrading in the first place. I know that the GTX 800s are coming out soon, and given my awesome experience (i.e. bang for your buck) with my GTX 460, I will probably want to grab a GTX 860 (or whatever it may be called) when it's released. If not, then I might just go ahead andg grab a GTX 760. I'm still using my Dell 24" 2407FP monitor from 2006/2007, so I'm currently maxed out at a 1920x1200 resolution. I've been eying a few monitors recently and will be biting the bullet soon enough, so my current resolution shouldn't be a deciding factor.
Other than heavy gaming (when I get the chance), I do a fair amount of transcoding videos via Handbrake, which are then fed into my Plex server running on the same machine. I haven't run into problems in regards to Plex streaming on the local network, or remotely, but I'm sure that a CPU upgrade would help when it comes to transcoding the large HD video files.
Here's my current rig, and I welcome your suggestions!
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
CPU: Core i7-875K Lynnfield
with Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus cooler
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (2x4GB) DDR 1600
Video Card: EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked
Hard Drive 1: Samsung 830 SSD - 128GB
- OS drive
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital Red - 2TB
- This is my media drive, storing my music, movies, and pictures (used primarily by Plex)
Hard Drive 3: Western Digital Green - 1TB
- Stores my games (Origin & Steam), downloads, and documents
Case: Corsair Graphite 600T
Power Supply: Corsair TX650
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1
Speakers: M-Audio AV 40
Optical: LG WH10LS30 Blu-Ray Burner
Heavy is good, heavy is reliable. If it doesn't work, you can always hit them with it.