I am looking to upgrade my 2&1/2 year old rig, retaining components where possible.
I have a decent level of knowledge generally, build my own pcs, but have not kept up with the latest technology updates of late. Therefore I am looking for suggestions.
My current rig is as follows:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Zalman 9700LED CPU Cooler
Geil Ultra DDR2 PC6400 4x1gb
Abit fatal1ty fp-in9 sli
750G SAMSUNG SATA2 HD753LJ 32M
250GB Western Digital Caviar 16mb(?)
Hiper R Series 530w Modular PSU (bought 18 months ago)
XFX HD 4890 XXX 1GB (bought last week!)
Thermaltake Armor Jnr
I will most certainly be able to retain my 22" monitor, DVD ROM drives, speakers, keyboard and mouse (all decent quality)
What I'm interested in so far:
Intel I7 920 or AMD Phenom 2 x4 955 Black Edition
Minimum of 4GB DDR3 RAM (leaning towards tri-channel - how does this compare to dual?)
A solid mobo and fan that will cater for the above and allow a decent CPU overclock (i hear the I7 does 4.0GHz)
A new PSU; the Hiper has been struggling to support the 4890 when the CPU is overclocked at my usual 3.0GHz...(reset to stock settings)
Any recommendations on what I should get? My budget is flexible; should manage around the £400...