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Hey Guys,

I do a full PC upgrade every 4 to 5 years. The time has come to retire my Q6600 build. I've researched a good amount and have already bought some stuff. Please take a look and advice, especially on the "Left To Buy" items!

Already Own:

  • Mouse: Logitech G400
  • Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK+
  • Keyboard: Generic Logitech
  • Soundcard: X-Fi Titanium HD
  • Speakers: Corsair SP2500
  • Heatsink: Corsair CAFA70
  • Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling Arctic MX-4
  • PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 750W
  • Dual-Monitors: HP zr24w (IPS) + Samsung S23A750D (120hz)

    New Additions:

  • Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4...$90 (BOUGHT!)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K...$190 (BOUGHT!)
  • SSD: Corsair Performance Pro 256GB...$295 (BOUGHT!)
  • Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3-1600...$50 (BOUGHT!)

Left To Buy:

  • Graphic Card: Radeon HD 7870, 7950, 7970 or NVIDIA GTX 660Ti, 670, 680???

    - I'm willing to spend a little extra here, due to the fact that I have a 120hz monitor. I can "see" up to 120fps...so it's important I get a strong GPU. Also, I do not like Dual-GPU solutions..so no Crossfire/SLI for me.
    - GTX 680 is $500..tempting..but is it really worth it?
    - I actually upgraded my Geforce 8800GT to a GTX 570 for BF3...but I'm thinking about selling the GTX 570 (I got it for $240!) to getting something better.
    - Maybe wait for GK110 in August.

  • Case: I currently have an Antec 1200..but I am slightly tempted to get a new case if it's worth it.

    - Maybe the CM Storm Trooper, Cosmos 1000, Rosewill Thor v2, Corsair 650D/600T/500R, or NZXT Switch 810. What do you guys think?
    - Might keep my Antec 1200


Let me know what you think so far of the build. All comments/advice are welcomed! Thanks.
Edited by malikq86 - 5/1/12 at 4:38pm
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Case:


SSD: Corsair Performance Pro

Memory: Anything you like @1600MHz lol

Mobo: ASUS Maximus V Gene. biggrin.gif Well, that is what I may be getting lol. Just assess the mobos in the market and see what you like in terns of features.

CPU: I would recommend a i7 if you record gameplay.

GFX Card: Look at benches in games and compare stats to the games you play and see which get higher average FPS where you want. I'm a nvidia fanboy and would say a 670...
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^ good stuff.

For the case I was really liking the Corsair 600T or 650D..but i heard the cooling wasn't too great. I'll look into the case you posted.

SDD - Yup..that's my baby!

Memory - Yup!

Mobo - ASUS Maximus V Gene is pretty expensive and fancy no? I really don't need all that extra stuff. I'm currently leaning toward ASRock Z77 Extreme4. I shouldn't see any real world performance difference.

CPU - naw, I don't record gameplay. So i5 for me. biggrin.gif

GFX Card - Yeah, I want to wait until GTX 670 comes out...this might be the best bang for buck card.....I like it.
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The 650D and the 600T are basically teh same inside with different exteriors. I have the 650D atm and the HAF 932 I had before did cool a little better. Also, on the 650D the stock fans have to be replaced if you like quiet....

As for the mobo, I just like the gene series lol. You will be good with the one your looking at. biggrin.gif
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You seem to have a pretty good handle on where to go with this. imo not much reason to get rid of your Antec 1200 unless you just want something new for the sake of it (I think you probably know this). So far as those gpu options, it just comes down to what you want to spend. If you're ok with spending $500, I would get the 680. Normally I'm not a recommend-a-$500-gpu kinda guy, but the games I see coming down the pipeline look outrageously demanding. It's still too rich for my blood but if you're prepared to spend it, you'll probably be glad in the long run. Hard to comment on the 660ti or 670 for the time being since I don't have access to Nvidia's basement.
    
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whats you budget buddy ??????? for case i would recommend you
Case
NZXT Swtich 8Io $169.99

RAM
SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $47.99

Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 would be good because what i would sy is a Asus Maximums GeneZ/Gen3 what in the 180$ budget but is a mATX motherboard \is you are fine with it you may go for it thumb.gif

CPU
i would say go with 2500k over 3570K after reading the reviews it looks like the 3570k clocks max at 4.5Ghz to 4.7Ghz whereas the 2500k clocks 5Ghz and when it goes wet 5.2Ghz or sometimes 5.2Ghz+

SSD
I would say Intel 520 Series 120 GB SDD is the ultimate butif you want the best bang for buck then the Mushkin Enhanced Chronos is way to go


Graphics Card
i would say for two monitor a 7950 CF but if you want a Single card the GTX 680 is way to go thumb.gif


Hope you got all your answers thumb.gif
post #8 of 37
keep that 570 and use it til you cant play games above medium settings, no point in getting another gpu if you have a fairly new one thats still quick.

the Gene V is a great board. just bought one, havent used i yet tho. waiting for my 3570k.
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Originally Posted by malikq86 View Post

Hey Guys,
I do a full PC upgrade every 4 to 5 years. The time has come to retire my Q6600 build. I've researched a good amount and have already bought some stuff. Please take a look and advice, especially on the "Left To Buy" items!
Already Own:

  • Mouse: Logitech G400
  • Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK+
  • Keyboard: Generic Logitech
  • Soundcard: X-Fi Titanium HD
  • Speakers: Corsair SP2500
  • Heatsink: Corsair CAFA70
  • Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling Arctic MX-4
  • PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 750W (should be enough - right?)
  • Dual-Monitors: HP Zr24w (IPS) + Samsung S23A750D (120hz)
Left To Buy:
  • Motherboard: Intel Z77 right? No idea which.
    - Maybe ASRock Z77 Extreme4/Extreme6? $130 - $170.
    - I don't need anything too fancy..or extra ports.
  • Graphic Card: Radeon HD 7870, 7950, 7970 or NVIDIA GTX 660Ti, 670, 680???
    - I'm willing to spend a little extra here, due to the fact that I have a 120hz monitor. I can "see" up to 120fps...so it's important I get a strong GPU. Also, I do not like Dual-GPU solutions..so no Crossfire/SLI for me.
    - GTX 680 is $500..tempting..but is it really worth it?
    - I actually upgraded my Geforce 8800GT to a GTX 570 for BF3...but I'm thinking about selling the GTX 570 (I got it for $240!) to getting something better.
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K...$225
    - This is considered similar to the i5-2500k right? Best bang for buck CPU??
    - Ivy Bridge i7 still not worth it for gamers - correct?
  • Memory: 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600...$45.
    - Any reason for 16gb? Doubt it, but thought I ask.
  • Case: I currently have an Antec 1200..but I am slightly tempted to get a new case if it's worth it.
    - Maybe the CM Storm Trooper, Cosmos 1000, Rosewill Thor v2, Corsair 650D/600T/500R, or NZXT Switch 810. What do you guys think?
  • SSD: 256gb..either Crucial M4, Corsair Performance Pro, Plexor M3 Pro, Samsung 830, or Vertex 4...$250-$300.
    - I realize 256gb SDD might not be considered "best bang for buck"..but I want all my programs and games on 1 drive..I don't like space management. 128gb is not enough for me.
Let me know what you think so far of the build. All comments/advice are welcomed! Thanks.

i absolutely love the 500r. as far as bang-for-buck it's the best from the corsairs you mentioned. unless you want custom watercooling.


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If you want to heavily oc your cpu i would go with a Sandy Bridge over Ivy Bridge. IB gets much too hot with voltage. I'd rather draw a little exptra power than have to deal with the extra heat.
Get an i7-2600k - there will be more porgrams and games that can use 4 or more cores by the time your next upgrade cycle comes along.
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