Aloha All! I'm a new member on these forums but have been reading MaximumPC for quite some time. In October of 2010, I came across an issue regarding a budget build. Here's the link just in case you want to read up on it: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/featur ... _step_step
The build consists of:CPU
Intel Core i5-760Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212+RAM
4GB Corsair DDR3/1333Mobo
Asus P7P55D-E ProGPU
Asus ENGTX 470Drive
Corsair Force F60Case
Cooler Master Red HAF 922PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 (OEM)
**only thing I disregarded in the build was the HDD because I already had an extra one laying around.
I built this PC a month after the reading it and it was a nice early Christmas present for me hehe. For about a year (2011) I was able to play a few games (Borderlands and WoW <--- hehe) on full setting with no problems. Aside from gaming, I also ran the latest Photoshop with other programs running simutaneously. I was really happy with the build/performance especially with the small guide on overclocking the i5 CPU. It was my first time overclocking a CPU and only ran into a few problems. But with a few tweaking, it help my build run solid. However, at the end of 2011 I got deployed out to Afghanistan and now my pc is collecting dust...aside from my brother playing D3 hehe. I should be returning home for good at the end of this year in December and planning on upgrading my PC. The reason why I was so intrigued by this build was the fact that the Asus mobo had a bunch of features that's great for upgrading.
When I return home, I plan to get into more FPS's and other games that are more graphically intense. I already plan on getting a bigger SSD and a bigger hard drive for more storage, and also upgrade my RAM (any suggestions?). My question is, with the new goodies out in the market now and with my current Asus Mobo, would I be able to upgrade my CPU to the latest gen i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge CPUs and my GPU to an Nvidia GTX670? I wouldn't mind building a new PC from scratch but if I'm able to upgrade with the newer hardware, I'd rather go that route since it'll help me save more $$. Any suggestions would be awesome!