well, I do 3d architectural visualization for a living, used to do it on this pc, but since I got this new job I don't do this at home anymore.
these days I use it mostly to play single player games and watch stuff on netflix, but as I am a 3d geek, I intend to be able to play a new game on max settings at 30-60fps 1080p for a while if I can. 1080p because I play on my tv, and I don't intend to buy a 2k or 4k screen anytime soon.
although, I want to keep this pc running smooth, you never know when you'll come across a good paying freelance job, or maybe I could use it as an additional render node with my computers at work, or who knows what.
so it's a very tricky question for me. short answer, I only play games and watch netflix, but in the long run I might need to do some renderings or even plug in my audio interface and record something.
for those asking my case, it's a generic gamer case I found back then, didn't care much about it at that time, didn't know much as well. it's this model:
so I guess I can sum up what I want:
-reduce the heat it generates, as it makes my room hot as hell (and I have to keep ac on whenever computer is on),
-to be able to oc my cpu, either if I keep my i7 930 or if I get a xeon x5670, probably the second, as I want to prolong this rig's life, and I think the 930 is aging fast (long way to go with cooling if I want to do so)
-buy an ssd (although windows 10 boot time is really optimized, and takes like 20 seconds to boot even with 2 almost full 1tb hdds, photoshop and 3ds max still take forever to open [even though I don't use them that much these days])
-improve my gaming quality, currently playing rise of the tomb raider on medium/high around 20fps with some lag spikes on denser, really unsatisfied with this one (this was the reason I started this thread, until I realized I have some other computer needs)
so, I'm currently at:
-water cooling? cpu only or gpu as well?Edited by fael097 - 2/12/16 at 8:04am