High(er) End Gaming rig: Updates INC! Suggestions/Comments requested
Hello everyone, long time reader, first time poster!
Let me give you a brief computer building history: I have built myself two completely new (components and all) Intel based rigs. Also, I have used my hand-me-down parts to help out friends in need and upgraded their computers probably a dozen times. I usually go a few months before I decide to swap something out or upgrade somehow... last for me was a new SSD. I wouldnt say "I know what I'm doing" completely... but decent at plugging chords into sockets and pretty good at reading forums/reviews!
So my next step isnt a completely new computer.. as the components I have currently are still pretty high end. What I want to do is swap out my CPU... to a different socket... which means new mobo... and new RAM (likely going from triple channel to dual).
No real budget to this... I plan on pulling the trigger as soon as my bonus hits my bank account (Early October).
As for now, its just a gaming rig... but after I get out of the military about this time next year, I am looking at possibly going to school for something along the lines of animation. Something crazy wants me to be able to point out something in a video game and say.... that was me... I took a drawn design and made it that.
My current rig:
CPU: Core i7-950
MoBo: ASUS P6X58D Premion LGA 1366
RAM: (2) Corsair DOMINATOR 6 GB (3x2gb) DDR3 1600 triple channel (making a total of 12 GB)
GPU: 2x EVGA 560 Ti 448
PSU: Corsair HX series 1000w
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred
CPU Fan: Cooler Master V8
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD / Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
What I am partial to.... is ASUS mobos... because I have used them each build and have had no issues. I would like to stick with Corsair memory for the same reason. I am a little confused with how the dual/triple/quad channel memory works. And as far as CPU... 2600... seems to be the best bang for buck and pretty highly recommended by a few sites.
I was looking at replacing with these:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
Corsair Vengeance 16gb (2x8gb) DDR3 1600
Also.. on a side note... I have been having a small issue recently using dual screens (using 27" ASUS monitors) that when I play games (multiple games have had same issue) and use the other screen to view a browser with a video playing... my computer randomly takes a dump. Usually to a blue screen showing memory dump or seldomly, freezes for about 15 sec, followed by a restart. I would like to avoid this issue if at all possible, but I dont think the hardware is at fault. Anyway to pinpoint this and try to get around to fixing it would be awesome. Its odd.. because I can have like... facebook or pandora page up on open screen and have no problems... but if I put a movie on or someone streaming a game... doesnt like that one bit.
Thanks in advance to all the knowledgable people out there that take your time to point the noobs in the right direction.