Originally Posted by Drmark
Looking to build or buy a gaming rig. Games, more games, rip HD movies, game some more. I normally use one monitor for gaming the other for browsing. I have an Invidia 570 in my rig right now.
This is what I'm using now
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-975 Extreme 3.33 GHz 8MB Cache
Alienware P2 Chassis: Alienware® P2 Chassis with AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling - Space Black
AlienFX®: Alienware® AlienFX® System Lighting - Plasma Purple
Alienware P2 Chassis Upgrades: Alienware® Approved CPU Liquid Cooling + Acoustic Dampening
Power Supply: Alienware® 1000 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
Graphics Processor: Single NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 570
Video Optimizer: AlienAdrenaline v1.0: Video Performance Optimizer - More Info
Memory: 12GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 3 x 2048MB
Motherboard: Alienware® Approved Intel® X-58 Motherboard- Socket 1366 Core i7 Ready, Dual Triple Channel DDR3 Memory
Ummm...your system is still better than most.
the RAM part didn't make sense. It says 12 GB but 3 X 2GB = 6 GB.
The only thing I would upgrade is RAM to 1866 mhz. Then OC to match RAM speed. 12 GB is more than enough for pretty much anything you do at home unless you are video editing huge files or workstation stuff.
Upgrade the video card to 660ti, 670, 680. If you go with Radeon then 7950, 7970. Honestly, your current 570 will run every game out there.
If you want USB 3 then just get a card and stick it in your pcie slot. I'm surprised your motherboard doesn't have esata port/pins. Check it to make sure. I'm sure there's an adapter out there for these things that you can stick in the drive bays at the front.
SATA2 will hold back the new SSD but I'm sure the SSD you have is still much faster overall than any HDD on the market.