I put together the rig in my signature about 5-6 years ago as a gaming machine that could also handle audio editing. Since then I have moved all of my audio work over to a Mac and I only need the PC for gaming at this point. The PC was used very rarely after the first year due to school, but lately I've been able to get back into my gaming.
The PC is having a lot of problems and I am almost positive it is a motherboard issue (will return with a different thread if I need diagnostic help), so I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction so that I could bring this up to date as a dedicated gaming machine.
My immediate desire is to smoothly run Battlefield 4 on Ultra (willing to mix in high settings). I'm hoping that if I can play BF4 at these settings, then anything else I want to play (Borderlands, Blizzard games, CoH, Bioshock, Watchdogs) shouldn't be a problem even for the next couple of years. If I have to start going to High or Mid-High settings with future releases that would be okay too (and expected..).
So, my question is this: If I am in fact having MoBo failure, would it be worth it to replace the MoBo, expand my RAM, and purchase a high end graphics card? Will this last me into the next couple years' releases on high settings? If this is a viable option where can I find an affordable/dependable motherboard that supports the LGA 1366? I can't seem to find any.
Should I just look into building a new rig from the ground up on an i5-4690k? I feel like this approach will give me a budget around $1000. Would it be safe to use the PSU I have from 5 years ago (as this would save me money)? The HDD can also save me some money. Other than that I would have to buy all new stuff (including a case because I need more airflow).
Sorry if this is all over the place. I'll answer anything I've left out as quickly as possible. Thank you so much for any advice!
EDIT: I should also add, that I'm willing to wait a month or two to make these purchases.. so if there are any new developments or major price drops expected in the near future that can also be taken into account. I simply want a somewhat "future proof" (I know there's no such thing..) for gaming. It doesn't need to do ANYTHING else. My music production is on another machine, and I have a laptop for any general day to day use and browsing.