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I'm looking to replace my current CPU, Mobo, PSU and HDD (view sig).

My system is 4 years old. It's lasted longer than I had hoped, it still can play most games, not on max, but they're playable and performs fairly well as a whole. Without buying a new GPU just yet, I'm looking to increase the performance of the games I play but mainly just to bring my PC up to speed with the times. I'm doubtful that it's possible to build another system with the same longevity this one has had seeing as the market appears to be moving much faster (maybe that's just me), but ideally I'd wanna pick good components that won't be outdated quickly by new CPU socket types etc.


What I've gathered is I'm going to be wanting components with:

CPU: Socket 1155 - (Reason: #1, #2)
Mobo: USB 3.0 + true SATA 6Gb/s - (Reason: SSD needs 6Gb/s)
SSD: ~60GB for OS drive - (This need to be reliable not plagued with BSOD reports etc)
PSU: Modular for better airflow - (Able to handle a possible SLI in the future)

Am I right?


Components I'm therefore considering:

CPU: i5 [£170 | $267] / i7 2600K [£240 | $377]
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 [£162 | £255] / ASUS P8Z68-V PRO [£163 | $256]
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB (CT064M4) [£78 | $122]
PSU: Corsair AX850 (CMPSU-850AXUK) [£140 | $220]

Not interested in waiting for the new Intel hexcores as they'll be far too pricey for me and I believe they won't perform as well as the current best end-of-the-line ones. The motherboard should have great overclocking capabilities for the i5/i7. The SSD to be a known reliable one and the PSU to be as silent as it gets whilst begin efficient and capable of SLI GTX 580 for example.


I'm trying not to go overboard with my expenses so suggestions should be kept to similar prices. I've decided most of my components by looking at PassMark's benchmark charts and reading reviews. Just posting my decisions here so far as I know OCN has always given me good advice as to whether I'm choosing well (:

If anyone knows of a good thread or link that states price drop cycles for many common manufactures, it'd be great to know to hold off for a little if the cuts are soon.

Thanks for your input!
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x150GB WD Raptor 10k + 2x1TB 7.5k + Ext. 1TB WD 2x Int. + Ext. LG Windows 7 x64 2x Dell U2410f 
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Saitek Eclipse II SilverStone Zeus 650W Coolermaster CM Stacker 832 Razer Mamba 
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Razer eXactMat X Control + Raxer Sphex 
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@OP:
CPU: 2500k vs 2600k is really just HT or not
Hyperthreading helps with heavy multitasking or applications that can utilise more than 4 threads (such as video encoding apps). Clock for clock they are the virtually same without HT. Get the 2500k if your gaming, 2600k if you are using such programs.
Mobo: I have P8Z68-V Pro. Great board, excellent BIOS, but the only thing that bothers me is the slow POST time. I don't know about the Extreme4, but please read reviews and decide on which features you like.
The boards you have chosen may be overkill for you, but we all love spending money on stuff if they appeal.
SSD: Moving from hard drives is good choice, and go for it if you don't need you use all 64GB. Be sure to remember that 64GB = about 59.5 GB actual, Windows takes about 16GB.
PSU: Unless you are planning on Xfire or SLI, 850W is a bit too much. Single cards can run on 650W fine. Corsair has good reputation, so go for it if you want 2 cards! Otherwise your silverstone would do

As for GPU: AMD 6950 or nVidia GTX560 Ti depending on which side you take.

Happy building!

EDIT: I just noticed that you're paying a lot more than me for components. Prices for me : 2500k is around $225AUD and 2600k is around $325AUD. I got the P8Z68-V PRO for $215AUD, and I got the AX850 for $169.99US + $22US of shipping.
Edited by guiJY - 10/14/11 at 4:20am
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