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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
hey guys,


i'm doing an upgrade and i need some help choosing. i will start with my current build.

Intel core i3 2120
Asus P8Z68-V LX
Corsair Vengeance 8Gb kit 1866mhz
WD 1.5TB 5.9K RPM
Thermaltake 750W SLI PSU
No gpu (Died)

now here are the 2 builds i'm stuck between.


1.

Intel core i7 3820
Asus sabertooth X79
Corsair Vengeance 8Gb kit (will have a total of 16GB quad-channel)
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD (either for the OS or for SSD cashing)
Corsair H60

2.

intel Core i7 2600K (the I7 3770K gets to hot when overclocked, currect me if im wrong)
corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit (total of 16GB Dual-channel)
Corsair Force Series 3 60Gb SSD (for the OS)
Corsair force Series 3 120Gb SSD (for my game where i care about loading times tongue.gif)
Asus Maximus IV Extreme
Corsair H60

the wife is choosing the GPU tongue.gif she won't tell me what it's going to be lol but it will be a GTX 6XX or HD 7XXX in the higher-end.


Any input on which build i should choose would be great. I keep going back to the X79 platform even though i keep reading i shouldn't.


P.S i will be using the system for Heavy gaming, VMware and F@H.


Thanks
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by insequential View Post

hey guys,
i'm doing an upgrade and i need some help choosing. i will start with my current build.
Intel core i3 2120
Asus P8Z68-V LX
Corsair Vengeance 8Gb kit 1866mhz
WD 1.5TB 5.9K RPM
Thermaltake 750W SLI PSU
No gpu (Died)
now here are the 2 builds i'm stuck between.
1.
Intel core i7 3820
Asus sabertooth X79
Corsair Vengeance 8Gb kit (will have a total of 16GB quad-channel)
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD (either for the OS or for SSD cashing)
Corsair H60
2.
intel Core i7 2600K (the I7 3770K gets to hot when overclocked, currect me if im wrong)
corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit (total of 16GB Dual-channel)
Corsair Force Series 3 60Gb SSD (for the OS)
Corsair force Series 3 120Gb SSD (for my game where i care about loading times tongue.gif)
Asus Maximus IV Extreme
Corsair H60
the wife is choosing the GPU tongue.gif she won't tell me what it's going to be lol but it will be a GTX 6XX or HD 7XXX in the higher-end.
Any input on which build i should choose would be great. I keep going back to the X79 platform even though i keep reading i shouldn't.
P.S i will be using the system for Heavy gaming, VMware and F@H.
Thanks

If SSD storage is more important to you, go with #2. Having the X79 platform won't really give you that much of an improvement if you'll just be gaming. As long as you have #2 and a good graphics card you're set. As for the 3770k, it doesn't heat up any more than the 2600k will, from what I've heard. If I were you I'd go with #2 but with a 3570k and a Z77 Mobo. Having an i7 offers no advantage at all over an i5 when gaming. The only difference is hyperthreading on the i7 which will only offer an advantage when advanced rendering etc.
post #3 of 27
Unless you are an aggressive overclocker planning on running your CPU at higher than 4.5, the i7-3770k is better.

Buying an expensive motherboard for either i7 just doesn't make sense. Also you have zero need for a new motherboard. Just flash the bios of the old one to an ivy-bridge compatible bios and use it (before trashing the old build). Unless you're keeping the old computer as a secondary station or whatever. Then get whatever mobo will hold the number of GPUs you plan to get. If one (no more is needed for single-monitor gaming), then an MSI z77a-g43 ($95) is going to do just as well as an Asus z77-Fatal1ty-PrehistoricTiger-Overkill ($250).

Double up on the ram for the VMware, no harm there. (I guess.)

Reuse the HDD or get a new WD Caviar Green 2TB if keeping the old system together, and add in an SSD that can fit all your commonly used programs (128gb Crucial m4 = ~$135, 256gb Crucial m4 = $204 at us.ncix.com).

Corsair H60 will be loud and pointless. Get an HR-02 Macho (at amazon.com) for equal cooling performance but quieter, or get a Thermalright Silver Arrow for superior cooling performance, and still quieter.

So the grand total of what I'd buy in your situation:
1- i7-3770k (remember to update the motherboard bios), i7-2600k only if you intend to shoot for 5.0ghz AND don't enjoy the Total War series.
2- 256gb or 128gb Crucial m4 (superior to force series as it doesn't have a tiny chance of causing BSODs)
3- HR-02 Macho
4- The extra ram if you really, really want it.

Should be cheaper and better than either solution you were considering.
Edited by MisterFred - 7/1/12 at 4:46pm
    
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post #4 of 27
i definately think that the #2 one is the way to go thumb.gif id go for it biggrin.gif
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hey,


Thanks for the advice guys. I have decided on the build, what do you think?


Intel Core I5 3570K
Asus P8Z68-V LX
Corsair Vengeance 8Gb DDR3 1866MHZ
Corsair H60 (i know the one poster said i should avoid it but i will give it a try)
Evga GTX 680 Super clocked
1.5TB HDD (I know should get an SSD but it can wait a few months)
BFG 750W SLI PSU


So thats be basics of the build aside from my case.




Thanks
post #6 of 27
Edit: I'm an idiot.
Edited by MisterFred - 7/2/12 at 3:00pm
    
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post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hey,

Well as far as a second GPU goes i will be good with one GTX 680 for a while, pluse my MB wouldn't be good for SLi as it only supports X16, X4 so that can wait for a year or so. I won't be using a multi monitor setup but i would like to have one 27 inch high resolution monitor.

Thanks
post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 
Oh and my MB doesn't support SLi frown.gif damn Asus.
post #9 of 27
Oh, right, the PSU and motherboard were from the old build. !! - never mind me over here. I was going to say something about overwatting, etc. But ignore that. Build looks golden.

You're gonna love it.
    
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G850 ASRock H61M-GS MSI Twin Frozr 650ti Patriot 2x2GB 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerMouse
Barracuda 500GB HR-02 Macho Rosewill Green 430 Mionix Naos 3200 
  hide details  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
G850 ASRock H61M-GS MSI Twin Frozr 650ti Patriot 2x2GB 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerMouse
Barracuda 500GB HR-02 Macho Rosewill Green 430 Mionix Naos 3200 
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post #10 of 27
Whats your budget? or how much do you want to spend?
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