Upgrade time for CB's main PC
So, It's been at least 2 years since I put any money into this PC, and closer to four since the last real upgrade, so it's time.
Here's what I have now:
Mobo: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
Proc: Intel i7-2700K @ 3.5GHz
RAM: 8GB DDR3
VC: NVIDIA GeForece GTS 450 1GB
Monitors: Asus VS197DE 18.5-inch Widescreen & Acer P244w 24-inch Widescreen
PSU: I don't even know anymore, some kind of modular thing I got from EPIC one year, I think? I'll go down to the basement and check the box in the morning.
What I'd like to upgrade:
I AT LEAST need/want to upgrade my video card. I would like to stay in the GeForce family, but get something with more speed and RAM.
Secondarily, it would be nice to replace the lesser of my two monitors, probably to something that matches the newer primary more suitably. Having two monitors of approx the same size for once would be nice.
Tertiarily, I would like to consider switching to water cooling. I've done some wonders with getting this PC to be quiet, but it's still not perfect, and if I go putting in new bits, it might increase the fan noise, which I don't need.
Of course, these changes may lead to other changes? If my mobo or power supply need to be replaced to support other changes, or if my RAM should also be bumped up, or whatever...
What I do:
I game, of course. It'd be nice to run the latest Assassin's Creed game without lag (right now, I can't even run AC:Unity on 'low' without some lag). My writing doesn't need a powerful machine, but the A/V creation stuff does, and I've been noticing some slow-downs when rendering and such. Also, I need as little noise as possible for the voice acting projects.
What I'm currently thinking:
I like the stats/€ ratio of this card, but I don't know anything about that brand.
ZonDE doesn't have the Acer P244w, but it has this one. But... It seems a little too expensive? I don't know how much monitors are supposed to be anymore? I feel like I didn't pay that much for the 24in that I have...
If I can get away with just those things, that might be enough, but I have the budget to do more if I need to to make it all work right, and get some future-proofing for this machine. Also, I don't even know where to start with water cooling. Would I need a new case and everything?
I'd like to keep the operation under 800€, but could go as high as 1200€ if it's worth it to get more future out of the upgrades. Everything needs to be able to be shipped to Bavaria.