So I finished grad school and have about $1,200 to play with, but I have spent the last two years with my head in books and haven't been able to adequately keep up with tech. My current rig I built three years ago with the intent of overclocking and upgrading as I needed, but I was too busy with school to do any of it. Now, I see there are some great games I've missed (Skyrim, Batman Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, Witcher 2, Crysis 2) and Diablo III is around the corner. I've been playing some Fallout NV and see stuttering/redraws and would love to play the above at highest eye candy levels as I can. I do some video editing for the family and occasionally for work since workstations can't handle it.
Below are the specs to my PC, but I honestly don't know if all I need is a new monitor and video card and the rest is okay or if it is worthwhile to invest in Ivy Bridge and new overall system? (I do want a new monitor as I'm watching more video and my eyes seem to be getting a little worse with age!) I'll probably add a Blu-Ray disk drive but can reuse my case, OS, DVD drive (I like having two), PSU, sound card and peripherals. As much as I'd like to say I'll try to overclock, I never have. When I've gotten around to consider SLI or Cross Fire, I seem to upgrade single cards as opposed to adding an older card.
Below is my rig. Most of the parts aren't being sold anymore, but there are still links to them:
Intel i7 920
EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 X58
PC Power and Cooling S75QB 750W
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA
MSI R4870-T2D1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Dell™ 2007WFP Flat Panel Monitor
So am I better off starting over or upgrading some parts?
Thank you for your advice!