I am getting the upgrade bug and need some advice


Dec 2, 2012
Current system:

GigaByte Z68X-UD3H-B3
i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz Running stable @ 4.0GHz
16GB Kingston KHX1600C9D34GX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti x 2 SLI
WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1 (1TB, SATA300, 3.5")
Seagate ST31000528AS (1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm)
OCZ 750W Fatality

I put this system together on a budget and love tinkering/over clocking/testing and play older games like UT3, Half Life series, but want to try the latest Call of Duty.

Would I get higher performance from my SSD, Memory and Video Cards and CPU
if I were to upgrade to a new Z77 board?
What about along with that a new i7 CPU?
I know that my MB isnt taking advantage of the SSD 6GBS and the Gigabyte software suite is getting a little old.
Any thoughts or advice?
Thanks in advance guys!



I don't think you'll see a dramatic improvement in performance, especially if you can OC the currect i5 to 4.5 or so

I say wait for the next generation of GPU and build an entirely new system then - you can play all current games now!


Dec 2, 2012
I thought that Ivy Bridge allows the SSD take full advantage of its 6GBs speed
and the i7 is a better performing CPU than the i5 overall.
Additionally, isnt there a much richer software suite available with Ivy Bridge?
I know I can play most games and get decent performance but I dont mind blowing $400 US or so just to feel like I have a fresher, more current system, ya know?
Again, I love tinkering even more than I enjoy playing games....allthough gaming performance is important to me.
I have been out of the tech know for some time and am catching up by reading a lot of reviews and new tech articles.
When does next gen hardware usually get released?
also, isnt it very expensive at the release point?
Sorry for my lack of tech speak....Again, I am trying to catch up :)