I am planning to upgrade the following peripherals in my current rig:
Processor: Intel i7 3770k (Gaming + Lightweight Editing)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula (Already using ROG mobo for AMD platform hence satisfied with tweaks provided)
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120 GB (Mainly as a Boot drive for Win 7 Ultimate OS )
HDD: WD EZRX 3 TB (Secondary Storage)
Monitor: Asus VK278Q (Shifting from 22' to 27' monitor)
My current AMD build is in my signature.
The main reason for shifting to Intel is power consumption. Many people have rightly said you save a few bucks on AMD CPU but more electricity bills in the longer run compared to Intel and I am the one experiencing it. AMD P2X4 965BE is having TDP 140W plus overclocking it to between 3.8 to 4.0 GHZ consumes around 160 to 190W and that has consistently increased my electricity bill. Whereas Intel 3770k is having TDP of 77W almost half that of 965BE but costs way more than AMD FX8350@125W.
Also I am not satisfied with my current CPU cooler Corsair H70. Even at stock 3.4 GHZ the temps are around 39 to 43 deg. Celsius whereas many Phenom users report the stock temp to be around 29 to 30 deg. celsius. Applied CoolerMaster IceFusion thermal paste but results are crap. Thinking of some better cooler or even custom water cooling but no good brands such as Frozen CPU, Koolance or EKWB available in India. Hence in a dilemma.
The ATX form factor for Crosshair III is ( 30.5 cm x 24.5 cm) whereas E-ATX form factor for Maximus 5 Formula is ( 30.5 cm x 25.7 cm). I hope MVF will fit into my CM HAF 922 w/o any problem.
My Sapphire HD 5870 has served me very well for past 3 years but not sure of handling future games such as Crysis 3 and many more graphic intense games to come, hence thinking of HD 7970. (I wont be using 3 monitor setup. Just one)
I am a music freak hence thinking about Creative SoundBlaster-Z/Asus Xonar D2X as I am not sure how the MVF onboard Supreme FX IV sound card performs. If I were to upgrade my current Artis 5.1 speakers to Creative Inspire 5.1 or Logitech Z506/X-530 5.1 (Those available here locally) which one would you suggest.
Does 7200 RPM HDD's over 5400 RPM HDD's have significant Cost/Benefit performance in gaming ?
Suggestions are welcomed.