Having "upgraded" from a similar setup as yours to socket 1155s running i7 2600Ks and 2700Ks, I can truthfully say that I was underwhelmed. Other than the fun of overclocking a processor to 4.7 or 4.9Ghz I didn't notice a huge performance difference between the two platforms for the things I do on a day to day basis. Since you have a P6T6 Workstation board waiting in the wings, I'd personally spend my upgrade money on something other than a new board and processor.
Keep your i7 950 - grab a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler and overclock - you don't need water cooling to get a decent overclock out of the 950
Keep the P6T6 Workstation board - it's a dandy
Since you're running Windows 7 64-bit up your RAM capacity to 16Gb. Will you ever need that much? Probably not - but IMHO RAM is so inexpensive right now, it's silly not to run as much as you can squeeze onto your board
Go ahead and upgrade to SSD - no you don't have SATA III on your current motherboards, but you'll still see a nice performance increase with SSD - especially in lower access times and overall feel of the system - even if benchmarks don't reflect that in read/write speeds
GPU..... are you a heavy gamer? And if so at what resolution and what titles?
I heard that the 950 runs hot and especially in the summer my room would be 30C+ so my PC just heats up..but if I go for aircooled I was thinking of getting a Noctua... so I'll have a look into that...
Ram should be getting upgraded to 12gb soon..since my dad wants my ram for his 3770k
atm I'm using 1600x1200 but I'm planning on upgrading to a 23" or 24"..a 27" would be even nicer
I would say a medium gamer...I play TDU2, Blacklight, and planning on getting BF3...
SSD...was leaning towards this route...what about a PCI sata III card? how do they perform? are they stable enough for an operating system?
edit: I was also thinking of putting a little money into case modding...cold cathodes, sleeved psu..what do you think?
Edited by Il_napoletano, 03 October 2012 - 08:48 AM.
Cooler Master Haf 932
Asus P6T SE
Intel i7 950 @ stock
12GB Corsair Vengence 1866mhz
XFX 6970 2GB @1600x1200px atm
Samsung 830 120GB SSD
WD Raptor 10k rpm
Segate barracuda 750GB
64x Windows 7 Ultimate