I have built my first rig about two years ago and I want to treat it and myself with a little upgrade by the end of this year and I need your feedback.
This update is supposed to be just a minor update as it is still going strong. Although this upgrade is aimed towards boosting performance, my main focus point personally is aesthetics.
Also this upgrade is more like a because-I-can or because-I-want-to type of deal.
Following the guideline for such a post as this one, I feel I should I inform you that I live in Germany, so obviously my prices are in €.
Oh yeah, I mostly game (on a single 1080p, 120Hz monitor) and occasionally stream Puzzle and Dragons (a Android game).
I want to apologize in advance if this post is not properly formatted and ends up being a clusterf*ck because I am on mobile right now, I'll try my best though.
I will edit everything as soon as I get home and make it look nice and sexy. DONE
Its current specs are as follows:
NZXT Phantom 410 case
AsRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 motherboard
Intel core i7 2600k Corsair
H80 MSI GTX 680 Lightning
Corsair 1066mHz 4GB RAM (my 16GB Vengeance kit died on me a couple of weeks ago)
Samsung 830 128GB
Seagate barracuda 1TB, 7200RPM
First off, I want more graphics horse power in the form of going SLI, as I mentioned earlier for aesthetic reasons (over pure performance).
I am indecisive about either going for a second 680 Lightning or going dual 970. I personally lean towards going dual 970s rather because I am sort of bored with the looks of my Lightning.
The looks of Asus' STRIX or EVGA's SC ACX cards have really grown on me.
On a side note, when I built my current rig about two years ago, I didn't care much for aesthetics, this has changed drastically.
A friend of mine wants to build a gaming rig as well, who I could sell my 680 to, just so you know. As far as I have seen they go for about 270€ to 300€ on Ebay here in Germany.
- What would you guys do if you were me? Or would you go a completely different route?
Then I would like to switch from the H80 to the H100i. Perhaps I could also sell my H80 to my friend.
- Here I would like to know whether it would fit? Haven't gotten to measure it myself, perhaps someone knows. I know for sure that push/pull won't fit. So either push or pull.
- Also, Noctua industrials or Corsair SPs (for once balancing performance AND aesthetics)?
Since we're on the topic of fans, I want to replace all my LED case fans (that are not from the same brands and have different tones of blue *sigh*) with either
Corsair AF series fans or Noctua industrials, depending on which you guys recommend me for my H100i.
- Are the Noctuas worth it? I figure they won't be cheap.
I obviously need RAM, preferably Corsair. Here I have no idea which model to chose though.
- Any recommendations are highly appreciated.
And lastly I need some input on Lighting. As I mentioned above I have differently toned blue led fans inside my case right now, which is ugly as f*ck, LOL.
- Do you guys prefer mono colored strips or would you rather chose something like a NZXT hue?
Things I am going to upgrade that are pretty much decided, but perhaps you have some input on that too:
Corsair braided PSU cables
Second Samsung 830 128GB in RAID0.
So far this is all I can think of right now. Once everything is set, I will post update and progress pictures.
Thank you all for any help in advance. I am really grateful to be part of this awesome community.