After 5+ years of service, it's time to upgrade my daily driver. Nowadays I use it a lot for the web and e-mail, but I do game a reasonable amount and the current config feels underpowered. So I'm planning to go from this:
CPU: Intel E6550
Heatsink: Thermalright SI-120 + Noctua
RAM: 2 GB
GFX: Nvidia 9500GT passive
PSU: Corsair VX450 (450 W)
Case: Antec Solo
Monitor: Dell 2007FP (1600x1200)
CPU: Intel i5-3570
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK
RAM: 16 GB 1600 MHz
GFX: Asus GTX 660 Ti
Storage: Samsung 830 256 GB SSD + 1 TB Hitachi
PSU: Seasonic X-560
I've got some of the bits and some on the way. What's left to get is the CPU, motherboard and a heatsink - I'm assuming the stock Intel heatsink isn't going to be quiet enough. The idea is that this is a system powerful enough to last me for a long while (lasts one did last 5+ years), and is stable and quiet.
I'm going with a non-K CPU as I have no plans on overclocking, and I've picked that particular Asus for stability, an extra available PCIe x16 slot that I may need in the future, and a minimum of 3rd party chips (additional USB 3.0, extra SATA ports, Firewire) as I don't expect to ever need them. Is there any reason I'd really want to look at a 3570K? Or any alternative motherboard? The P8Z77-M Pro caught my eye, but it costs a tiny bit more and my case is already a full ATX (unless I'd need a change).
Also, I'm going with the X-560, overpowered as it is, because it offers the hybrid fan thing, and a totally passive PSU in my case doesn't seem like a good idea.
The thing I'd really like help with is picking a heatsink. I don't know if I can reuse the SI-120, or if it's worth the trouble sourcing a mounting kit for socket 1155. I'd prefer a top down heatsink to help with cooling support chips around the CPU. Figure the cooler I keep it the longer it'll last. So far the only candidate I have is the Noctua NH-L12, possibly running just the 120 mm fan. How does that sound? (Idea, not noise-wise
) Any other heatsinks I should consider?