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I am trying to figure out what is the upgrade path for my current rig. When I built this rig, the budgetary constraint were minimal. That has change, so now I have to consider what to buy heavily.

Used for: 1080p gaming @ 60 FPS only.
Games Played: WoW, FPS, RPGs, AAA titles.

Upgrade 1: I was thinking of dropping in a Xeon W3680 and calling it a day.

Upgrade 2: Intel Core I5-6600, New MoBo, DDR4 RAM

Upgrade 3: Intel Core I7-6700, New MoBo, DDR4 RAM

I need some advise on what would be a good upgrade for a few more years.
Primary Rig
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Primary Rig
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Primary Rig
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6 EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GAMING ACX 2.0 Ballistix Sport 12GB Kit (4GBx3) DDR3 1600 MT/s... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383 Samsung 850 EVO - 250GB ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue... Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VN247 24" CM Storm Cherry MX Red CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EP Thermaltake Element T 
MouseAudio
Razer Naga Creative Labs Sound blaster Z 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6 EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GAMING ACX 2.0 Ballistix Sport 12GB Kit (4GBx3) DDR3 1600 MT/s... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383 Samsung 850 EVO - 250GB ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue... Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VN247 24" CM Storm Cherry MX Red CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EP Thermaltake Element T 
MouseAudio
Razer Naga Creative Labs Sound blaster Z 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6 EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GAMING ACX 2.0 Ballistix Sport 12GB Kit (4GBx3) DDR3 1600 MT/s... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383 Samsung 850 EVO - 250GB ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue... Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VN247 24" CM Storm Cherry MX Red CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EP Thermaltake Element T 
MouseAudio
Razer Naga Creative Labs Sound blaster Z 
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Primary Rig
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Primary Rig
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6 EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GAMING ACX 2.0 Ballistix Sport 12GB Kit (4GBx3) DDR3 1600 MT/s... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383 Samsung 850 EVO - 250GB ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue... Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VN247 24" CM Storm Cherry MX Red CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EP Thermaltake Element T 
MouseAudio
Razer Naga Creative Labs Sound blaster Z 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6 EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GAMING ACX 2.0 Ballistix Sport 12GB Kit (4GBx3) DDR3 1600 MT/s... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383 Samsung 850 EVO - 250GB ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue... Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VN247 24" CM Storm Cherry MX Red CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EP Thermaltake Element T 
MouseAudio
Razer Naga Creative Labs Sound blaster Z 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6 EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GAMING ACX 2.0 Ballistix Sport 12GB Kit (4GBx3) DDR3 1600 MT/s... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383 Samsung 850 EVO - 250GB ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue... Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VN247 24" CM Storm Cherry MX Red CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EP Thermaltake Element T 
MouseAudio
Razer Naga Creative Labs Sound blaster Z 
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post #2 of 3
I mean you don't have the fastest processor in the world, but it should still be plenty powerful for any normal game.
Edited by Dieselbird - 6/30/16 at 5:41pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3820s @ 4.75 GHz intel DX79SR Sapphire R9 fury x  4x4 GEIL running at 2333 10-12-11-28 T1 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
samsung 850 EVO times 4 in raid 0 samsung 960 Pro samsung dvdR danger den 1366 waterblock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate hp la2405wg old dell ps/2 Corsair HX1050 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
apevia xcruiser 2 microsoft intellimouse explorer 1.2A formica countertop alesis monitor one MK2 speakers 
Other
adaptec 6405 raid controller 512MB cache 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
qx6800 @ 3.1GHz intel dx48bt2 sapphire radeon HD 5870 sapphire radeon HD 5870 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveCooling
xfx 5970 corsair low latency ddr3-1600  wd velociraptor 500GB Danger Den 775 waterblock 
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Windows 7 Ultimate 
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Server Computer
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3820s @ 4.75 GHz intel DX79SR Sapphire R9 fury x  4x4 GEIL running at 2333 10-12-11-28 T1 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
samsung 850 EVO times 4 in raid 0 samsung 960 Pro samsung dvdR danger den 1366 waterblock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate hp la2405wg old dell ps/2 Corsair HX1050 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
apevia xcruiser 2 microsoft intellimouse explorer 1.2A formica countertop alesis monitor one MK2 speakers 
Other
adaptec 6405 raid controller 512MB cache 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
qx6800 @ 3.1GHz intel dx48bt2 sapphire radeon HD 5870 sapphire radeon HD 5870 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveCooling
xfx 5970 corsair low latency ddr3-1600  wd velociraptor 500GB Danger Den 775 waterblock 
OS
Windows 7 Ultimate 
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post #3 of 3
if you dont plan using mgpu setup or playing games that use HT get the i5
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