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Hi guys, been out of the hardware game for a while so I would appreciate any input.

What do y'all think would be the best upgrades for the money for my sig rig? My budget is about $700. I mainly play SC2 and D3, with some LoL and IL-2 mixed in. Maybe the occasional FPS if anything intriguing comes out.
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post #2 of 15
you could do a total overhaul pretty much for that amount of money.
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core i5
new motherboard
8gbs of ram
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post #4 of 15
I would look at a 2500k/3570k + mobo for an upgrade. I would go with a z77 mobo whether you get sandy or ivy as they seem to overclock better than p67/z68.

SC2 is very cpu dependant and the 2500k/3570k will be perfect for it and it will overclock nicely.

You do not need an OS/keyboard/mouse/monitor/psu/case/hdd do you?
Edited by icehotshot - 6/25/12 at 1:41pm
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post #5 of 15
A i5 2500k + ASRock MB and you are good to go if ya got some money left over get a 64 Gig M4 SSD.thumb.gif
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post #6 of 15
If you are very budget concious, a GTX 550 ti is pretty good if you don't need a incredibly high detail. It can play Metro 2033 on medium pretty well. It also gave me about a 10% overclock at the stock voltage. If you are looking to spend more, get a GTX 560 ti or GTX 480.
I would recommend a core i5 for the CPU, or core i3 if the i5 is too expensive.
See if you can try to fit an SSD boot drive into your budget, and use your old hard drive as a storage drive.
    
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post #7 of 15
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aOFu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aOFu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aOFu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $681.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I'd reuse the rest of what you have, and come out of it a piece at a time...if you wait about a month though its expect that the new 660 will be out around 300 smackers.
post #8 of 15
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Thanks for the response y'all. I don't need a case (though that Fractal Core 1000 is tickling my fancy) or any other peripherals except maybe OS, but I think I can get that for cheap through school.

Right now I'm thinking 3570k+ Z77+ maybe an m4 if I can hold off on the GPU for a little while.
Edited by humvee - 6/25/12 at 2:06pm
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post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by humvee View Post

Thanks for the response y'all. I don't need a case (though that Fractal Core 1000 is tickling my fancy) or any other peripherals except maybe OS, but I think I can get that for cheap through school.
Right now I'm thinking 3570k+ Z77+ maybe an m4 if I can hold off on the GPU for a little while.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($166.00 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $452.97
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

If that is all you need you could easily fit a 120gb ssd into your budget or a new gpu. Although I think your gpu is fine for what you are playing.
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post #10 of 15
I agree with icehotshot about the GPU. The 4870x2 is still a beast. And if you get 1600MHz RAM try to get some with lower than CL9.

Here for the OS http://www.microsoft.com/student/en-us/default.aspx (I'm assuming you're in college too thumb.gif )
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