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I would like to upgrade my system, getting away from my fx-8150 back to Intel.

My computer activity's:

Web Browsing: Tons of pages open at once and would love the only restriction to be my ISP speed.
Gaming: Will be running an AMD Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5GHZ GDDR5
Media: This is my base station for all my music/TV/Movie needs, currently streaming through itunes on my apple tv.( Using handbrake to convert files)

I would also like to have the freedom to play with overclocking.


Parts I plan to re-use unless the guru's say otherwise:

AMD Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5GHZ GDDR5
XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply
2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive
1 x Western Digital Caviar 2 TB,Internal,5400 RPM,3.5" (WD20EARS-00MVWB0)
My Case Maybe?




Part's I have:
2 x Corsair CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 Vengeance 8GB 1X8GB DDR3-1600 CL10-10-10-27 240PIN
1 x Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 AMD970 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
1 x AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 8 Core Processor 3.6GHZ Socket AM3+
1 x AMD Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2 X DVI HDMI 2 X Mini Display Port
1 x Bitfenix Colossus Venom Edition Black ATX Full Tower Case
1 x XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply
1 x Corsair Nova 2 Series 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 SSD 270MB/S Read 240 MB/S Write (Was a mistake buying this)
1 x Corsair Cooling Air Series A50 Performance CPU Cooler LGA775 LGA1155 LGA1156 LGA1366 AM2 AM3
2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive
1 x Western Digital Caviar 2 TB,Internal,5400 RPM,3.5" (WD20EARS-00MVWB0)


I'd post a budget but treat it like you would your own build.


Thanks in advance,

Nema
post #2 of 9
are you unhappy with the performance in games. if you sell your FX-8150 and motherboard you could get 200 - 220 bucks. with that get a 3570k . get a good Z77 motherboard like the asrock z77 extreme 3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157330

you could retain the cpu cooler.also you could consider selling your HD 6950 2GB . you could get 150 bucks. spend another 150 bucks and get a HD 7950 card like the Sapphire HD 7950 Boost. With a slight overclock to 1.1 Ghz you would be getting 60 - 70% more performance compared to your HD 6950.
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Ehhhhhhhhh, I would keep your build and just change the SSD.

Your PC isn't going to be the best, but it certainly isn't bad either. The performance difference between any upgrade (other than an i7 3930K and up) and what you have is going to be fairly small.

If you want a real performance increase, I would look at saving up some money and get a new GPU when the AMD 8000 series is released.
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post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

are you unhappy with the performance in games.

Games run fine for my standards. The issue I can't seem to solve is the consistent hangs when multitasking. However when Tjj said:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

Ehhhhhhhhh, I would keep your build and just change the SSD.
.

Maybe my noob mistake of having such a small boot drive, and having to create a separate folder on a different drive for programs is causing my grief?

any thoughts on that?
post #5 of 9
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Back on topic though,
This was kind of what I was thinking:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory

Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
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Originally Posted by nematocyst View Post

Back on topic though,
This was kind of what I was thinking:
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory

Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Do you run apps which use 16GB RAM. 8GB is more than enough for most apps the asrock motherboard is a good choice. do you really want to spend so much on the CPU cooler. your current cpu cooler is more than enough for a 3570k at 4.5 Ghz. here is the a50 cooling a hot i7 930 (45nm chip) running at 3.5 Ghz

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1534/6/

your 3570k cpu is a 22nm chip which runs quite cool . even at 4.5 Ghz your 3570k will be cooler than a i7 930 at 3.5 Ghz. the fx-8150 which you have is a very hot running CPU and known to be difficult to cool at 4+ Ghz speeds. do not judge the a50 based on the fx-8150 load temps and heat.
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post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

Do you run apps which use 16GB RAM. 8GB is more than enough for most apps the asrock motherboard is a good choice. do you really want to spend so much on the CPU cooler. your current cpu cooler is more than enough for a 3570k at 4.5 Ghz. here is the a50 cooling a hot i7 930 (45nm chip) running at 3.5 Ghz
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1534/6/
your 3570k cpu is a 22nm chip which runs quite cool . even at 4.5 Ghz your 3570k will be cooler than a i7 930 at 3.5 Ghz. the fx-8150 which you have is a very hot running CPU and known to be difficult to cool at 4+ Ghz speeds. do not judge the a50 based on the fx-8150 load temps and heat.


Great advice!

When it comes to ram, is it worth the money to go above 1600? Either way, what would you recommend?

Thanks for the quick responses!
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Great advice! When it comes to ram, is it worth the money to go above 1600? Either way, what would you recommend? Thanks for the quick responses!

8GB Samsung DDR 1600 is enough. also this is called the wonder RAM by ocn users because its manufactured on a 20nm process and has a voltage of 1.35v. overclocks like crazy. but frankly the 3570k is not bandwidth constrained and has amazing cache performance. so you could stick at stock speeds and enjoy the low power. thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

http://www.overclock.net/t/1210482/samsung-2x4gb-low-voltage-ddr3-1600-kit-ocing-to-2400-discussion
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8GB Samsung DDR 1600 is enough. also this is called the wonder RAM by ocn users because its manufactured on a 20nm process and has a voltage of 1.35v. overclocks like crazy. but frankly the 3570k is not bandwidth constrained and has amazing cache performance. so you could stick at stock speeds and enjoy the low power. thumb.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
http://www.overclock.net/t/1210482/samsung-2x4gb-low-voltage-ddr3-1600-kit-ocing-to-2400-discussion

Love it!

Thanks so much for the help!!

Ordered:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk


Can't wait to play smile.gif
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