This is my first full upgrade in over six years. My goal was to reuse my silent case, power supply and custom water loop and upgrade everything else to make it stand up to single display 1080P gaming for the next few years. I would also be gaming on my 5.1 home theater setup, so I needed a board with Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect to encode my computer's audio in realtime.
My previous build:
Lian Li PC-V1100B Intel QX6700 EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 2x EVGA 8800GTX SLI 4x2GB GSkill DDR2 800 2x 150GB WD Raptors 2x500GB storage drives
D-Tek FuZion CPU block EK 8800GTX blocks Thermochill PA120.3 Radiator Laing D5 pump Nasty generic dual bay reservoir Tygon R-3603
My new build parts are listed, and as you could guess, they were a big step up. I chose the P8Z77-V Pro because it was the cheapest standard ATX motherboard with DTS Connect. I bought the 1155 mount set from D Tek so I could use my fuzion with my new CPU...but I ditched the idea of water cooling my 660 Ti because of cost restraints-I don't think it would've increased performance.
To keep my case current, I also installed a USB 3.0 front panel upgrade from Lian Li. It had to be ordered direct, as it was not available from any retail store.
In the end I achieved my goals of building a fast computer for modern day games and software, while keeping it nearly silent for HTPC use.