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I am planning on an upgrade of my current rig, which is a little dated.

Specs for current rig is:
CPU: i3-540 (first generation)
Motherboard: Gigabyte H55M-S2
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile (2 x 4GB)
GPU: MSI HD7770 OC Power Edition
SSD: 120GB Kingston
PSU: Cooler Master Extreme 2 625W

There are three options which I am considering (CPU and Mobo).
Option 1:
CPU: i3-3220
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45
GPU: One additional Sapphire HD7770 OC for Crossfire

Option 2:
CPU: i5-3470
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45
No additional GPU for crossfire.

Option 3:
CPU: i5-3570 (No "K")
Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45
No additional GPU for crossfire.

I mainly do light gaming such as FIFA, Need for Speed, Dota 2 etc. No heavy gaming such as Battlefield, Crysis etc as first person shooter games are not really my cup of tea.

Main reason of upgrade is for SATA 3 port for my SSD and also PCIE 3.0 slots for GPU. Wonder is it worth the money for upgrade lol.
Kind of on a tight budget, so please feel free to comment.

Thanks.
post #2 of 19
how much more is the i5 with a K? that mobo is meant for the K version. but haswell is coming very soon. you might want to wait.
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There is one more option which I would recommend and that is waiting for haswell to be released, which is in the next 3 months or so.
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I would also recommend waiting, there's not much wrong with your current CPU. If you really want to upgrade get a new GPU, it will serve you far better than upgrading CPU and motherboard.
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I am contemplating whether to overclock my current cpu too as suggested by my friend. If I decide to OC, is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo suitable as it is considerably cheap lol? Currently running on stock cooler.smile.gif
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I am contemplating whether to overclock my current cpu too as suggested by my friend. If I decide to OC, is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo suitable as it is considerably cheap lol? Currently running on stock cooler.smile.gif
http://www.amazon.com/DeepCool-Gamer-Storm-Extreme-Overclocking/dp/B003XWVG2I $35.48 a much better cooler than the H212 Evo and a hella lot more silent as well
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how much more is the i5 with a K? that mobo is meant for the K version. but haswell is coming very soon. you might want to wait.
If only haswell wouldn't launch with ridiculous prices, the last time i checked it might just be
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post #7 of 19
Hey solid. I5 3570k Here. I want to say, that even for your light gaming, the K model is great for overclocking. Even if you're new to it, the ivy bridge has mainly been able to overclock to 4.4 GHz.
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Do you water cool? Even with a closed loop kit, one could do a mild overclock and play fifa and need for speed with improved performance. if you dont, i would suggest getting the i5 for gaming. over an i3, the quad core would dominate the i3 with games needing more than 2 cores.
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Hey solid. I5 3570k Here. I want to say, that even for your light gaming, the K model is great for overclocking. Even if you're new to it, the ivy bridge has mainly been able to overclock to 4.4 GHz.
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Do you water cool? Even with a closed loop kit, one could do a mild overclock and play fifa and need for speed with improved performance. if you dont, i would suggest getting the i5 for gaming. over an i3, the quad core would dominate the i3 with games needing more than 2 cores.
Thanks Indie. I might be waiting for the launch of the new gen intel cpu and then go on from there since many suggest that I should wait instead of getting one now lol. I might be trying to overclock my current i3 though during this waiting period. Currently on stock cooler only and probably will be getting a non-water cooled cpu cooler due to budget constraints sadly.
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http://www.amazon.com/DeepCool-Gamer-Storm-Extreme-Overclocking/dp/B003XWVG2I $35.48 a much better cooler than the H212 Evo and a hella lot more silent as well
If only haswell wouldn't launch with ridiculous prices, the last time i checked it might just be
Hi Dave, I am considering the H212 Evo due to budget constrains sadly. Wondering whether if it is able to provide adequate cooling if I decide to OC? smile.gif
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Also guys, do I need a new psu if I intend to overclock? Current one is Cooler Master Extreme 2 625 W. Thanks.
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