Instead of dragging this thread further[/URL], I've decided to make a new one that will be more on topic. So I have decided to update to Ivy Bridge. Combing through reviews, I've settled on the following components: Intel Core i7 3770K AsRock Z77 Extreme11 Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Rest of the hardware will remain as per my system specs; I am aware that my GPU is rather old but I can update that at a later date (read: next paycheck). Any thoughts on this constellation? I would throw everything into a Corsair 540 case, which seems to barely accept that Thermalright behemoth, clearance wise. Overclocking, intense gaming, benchmarking and crunching will be done. I'm open to suggestions, especially about CPU coolers. WC-Kits like the Corsair H are not an option, as well as custom loops. Not at this time, at least.