Many of you know that I have been thinking of making upgrades to my system in another thread, but it appears now that I can finally make some upgrades. My budget was originally about $400-500, but fortune has smiled upon me. So, I have been doing a lot of looking, researching, etc, and came up with a list of things I could upgrade. Here is my current setup Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz (OC'ed to 3.0Ghz) Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L (rev 1.0) 4GB PC6400 RAM XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 CPU Cooler EVGA Geforce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1TB WD Blue HDD, SATA III, 64MB Cache Corsair TX750 PSU Here is a list of items that I'm thinking of getting PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg) Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg) Total: $776.92 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:15 EST-0500) It includes no GPU, PSU, or HDD because I'm going to take those out of my current system and put them into this one. Nvidia is planning on revealing a new GPU in March and releasing it in May, so I could wait on that for now, whereas I'm hearing that new CPUs meant for performance increases (vs energy efficiency) are quite a ways away. Now, this is mostly spot-on with price (which excludes tax), but things like the CPU I may be able to get for a bit less. So, on to the questions. What do you all think about these? Initially, I was thinking of the i5-4670k, but I might be able to get a i7-4770k for about $300 new/unopened (which includes tax and shipping). The question with regard to this is "do you think this is overkill?" From what I understand, the only difference between the 2 CPUs (other than price) is that the i7 has HT on it. I hear that the i5 is plentiful for gaming, but from my standpoint, I multitask, and with the rise of 8-thread gaming brought by the PS4/XB1, I would assume that games will attempt to try and use more than just 4 threads from now on. Then again, iirc, those console CPUs are more in-line with laptop CPUs, so they may not be nearly as powerful even to the i5 mentioned. If I'm unable to get the i7 for ~$300, then I'll probably end up getting the i5 due to price. I currently have a case which technically can hold these items, but I had thought about getting a new case because of what I might do with my old parts. Other than needing a PSU and an HDD, my old setup using the on-board video could be used for other things, whether for myself or for someone else. I initially planned on 2x8GB of RAM, but I have dropped it to 2x4GB because I am unsure if I will ever need any more than 16GB. I could use 8GB right now, and then possibly add another 2x4GB later on to fill the 4 slots on the board. I'm intrigued by the RAMDisk capability being integrated into systems, allowing a configurable amount of RAM to act as a virtual disk, which is why I would ever consider having any more than 16GB in the first place. I threw in a BR reader/writer because of what happened not long ago with my HDD, so backups of my stuff would be great, not to mention that the external DVD writer I got 2nd-hand isn't exactly cooperating (it's old). Plus I may get this computer hooked up to an HDTV in the future, so I could also use it as a BR player (not to mention for games as well, but that's not related to the drive). ATM, I don't plan to do any OCing, but I probably will later on, much like the route I went with my last system. That might mean I would require water-cooling (which my current case isn't designed for, but this new case can), but I won't know until then. So, what do you all think? In all honesty, if the only thing I was concerned about was gaming, then I probably would have picked up a PS4 instead, but I want to do more than just gaming. Side-note: I wish the nearest Microcenter wasn't >400 miles away. They've got the best deals on CPUs and CPU/MB combos I have ever seen in my life (but they don't sell CPUs online, only in-store, because they work off of loss-leader tactics).