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Alright, I was thinking of upgrading earlier this year, but it wasn't in the cards. But now with some serious overtime pay to fatten my wallet, and the fact that I can get an i7 3770k from Intel's Retail Edge site for less than the usual cost of an i3, I'm going for it!. biggrin.gif In any case, I'm keeping my case, a pair of 1tb hard drives, and power supply, and I'm going to use the rest of what I'm replacing to build my little cousin a rig. Kinda went ahead and ordered my graphics card, CPU cooler, and a Blu Ray burner, but here is what I have picked out so far.

CPU: Intel i7 3770k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

Board: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293&nm_mc

Cooling: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i Water Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181031&nm_m

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233245&nm_mc

Graphics Card: XFX Double D R7870 Black Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150606&nm_mc

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Series 250GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147189&nm_mc

Optical Drive: LG 14x BDr http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136250&nm_mc

I do a lot of gaming, some lighter Photoshop and digital painting work for fun. Hoping this can last me for a good while, though I may pop in a second 7870 after tax season and finally see what doing crossfire is like.
post #2 of 12
For gaming I'd go with an i5. That will save a lot of money.

Samsung 840 series is having some issues...I'd go with an 830. If I recall, the regular 840's are actually slower than 830's. 840 Pros are faster but a lot more expensive.

If you're using Photoshop you'd see a difference between 8gb and 16gb of ram. Maybe get a dedicated drive to use as a scratch disk. Doesn't have to be huge
    
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Don't bother with 2133 RAM, there is no noticeable performance benefit once you get above 1600. If you want 1866 that's a pretty small price to pay so it's reasonable, but 2133 is complete overkill. Also, I'd get the low profile version of the Corsair if you go that way - the heatspreaders do nothing and they can interfere with CPU coolers (in case you try to re-use them in another system later).
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Originally Posted by Forceman View Post

Don't bother with 2133 RAM, there is no noticeable performance benefit once you get above 1600. If you want 1866 that's a pretty small price to pay so it's reasonable, but 2133 is complete overkill. Also, I'd get the low profile version of the Corsair if you go that way - the heatspreaders do nothing and they can interfere with CPU coolers (in case you try to re-use them in another system later).

agree with the 1866

though the heatspreaders wont be an issue for you since your cooler will be an H80i

Low Profile vengeance if you plan on using big air coolers like the d14, silver arrow, or TC14
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With the deal I'm getting, an i5 isn't going to save me money, trust me. Like I said, I couldn't buy an i3 for what I'm paying. Intel treats retail people very well this time of year. As for getting 16gb, we're talking Elements 11, not CS5. Elements isn't even 64bit, so I would think 8gb would be plenty. Looks like I can get 2 128GB 830 SSDs for about $260. I could then do raid 0 with them, good idea?
post #6 of 12
RAID 0 - yes, i suppose
i see a lot of people doing that here
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post #7 of 12
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As for the Ram speed, I guess I got a little too excited and didn't do my homework. I was even going to go with 2600 sticks till I remembered it's a bad idea to use 1.6 volt memory with Ivy Bridge CPUs.
post #8 of 12
I heard the new Corsair coolers are having rattling issues while idle. Would you consider going NH-D14 and some 30nm Samsung RAM? It'd be the best option and you could probably shave off money and add a little more omph into the GPU.
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post #9 of 12
If you do a lot of gaming, wondering why you didnt go with a 7950? You can get a used 7950 off of Amazon for $260.
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Didn't see that. Not sure I would want a used card though. Guessing i wouldn't have a warranty then. Had to send my last card back once for a failing fan. Apparently the rattling on the corsair coolers us fixed with a new firmware update. What's this about 30nm ram though?
Edited by Delphinus - 11/30/12 at 9:40am
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