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I had my birthday a few days ago (hooray! cheers.gif) and got a ton of spending money. I was already saving up, so I now have a good chunk of cash to spend. I don't plan on spending all of it, but if you guys can convince me of a good enough reason why, I might.

Anyway, here's my rig as of right now:
  • CPU: i7-2600k
  • Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
  • Case: NZXT Phantom
  • RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws X 32GB 1866MHz
  • GPU: GTX 670 FTW
  • Cooling: custom wcing loop
  • HDD: some SSDs and two hard drives in RAID 0
  • Monitor: ASUS VS247H (x2)
  • Peripherals: Max Keyboard Nighhawk X7, Logitech G500


Upgrades I'm considering:
  1. Motherboard: I'm not sure if it's the CPU or motherboard, but I am having really bad luck overclocking. I also need some more features. I was thinking about an ASUS Sabertooth, an MSI MPower, or an ASRock OC Formula. Any better boards? I need one to match my build.
  2. Case: My Phantom is a great case, but I'm starting to not really like the flashy design. I really like the look of the 800D. Any other good case suggestions? I was also considering the Switch 810 or the new H630. Honestly, anything with that minimalistic look that fits at least one 360 radiator would work for me thumb.gif
  3. CPU: Is is worth it to go to X79? I do a ton of video editing and 3D rendering btw...
  4. Power Supply: I know 650w is enough, but I might consider SLI down the road. Plus I really want a fully modular PSU and one that is quieter. Is it worth it?
  5. UPS: I've had the power go out on me twice in the last year. Would this be a good purchase?

If there's something else I left out, or simply something else technology related I should but, let me know!
post #2 of 10
I would save the money for now, wait and see how Haswell and Z87 turn out to be and purchase on of those combos if there are not too many problems.
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Best advice is to not ask people to spend your money!

When you really want or need something it will come to you and you will be glad you didn't throw away the money on something else.
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I would shoot for case and motherboard. I would say mpower by what you listed. sabertooth is kind of a joke though the clean look of it ropes in a new sucker every day. I almost fell for it too but thanks to ocn I dodged that bullet and got an mpower.. very solid board so far. I would say the 800d is a sweet case too though never owned it.
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I do own a switch 810 and it is a very good case. though in hindsight I probably would not buy it again. Simply for the few areas they cheaped out on like the plastic on the top and front. very thin and flimsy.
I was expecting it to be very good at dust prevention due to all the filters but it really is not. Next time I buy a case I might go with something from corsair or silverstone.
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Originally Posted by 0CALEFACTION0 View Post

I would save the money for now, wait and see how Haswell and Z87 turn out to be and purchase on of those combos if there are not too many problems.
They come out June 3rd, right?

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Best advice is to not ask people to spend your money!

When you really want or need something it will come to you and you will be glad you didn't throw away the money on something else.
I'm not asking them to pick what I am going to buy, I just want some suggestions. I'm perfectly fine with being patient and waiting, however.

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I would shoot for case and motherboard. I would say mpower by what you listed. sabertooth is kind of a joke though the clean look of it ropes in a new sucker every day. I almost fell for it too but thanks to ocn I dodged that bullet and got an mpower.. very solid board so far. I would say the 800d is a sweet case too though never owned it.
That's kinda what I'm learning toward. The only downside of the MPower is that it only has 6 SATA ports and I'll probably need some more in the future.
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I do own a switch 810 and it is a very good case. though in hindsight I probably would not buy it again. Simply for the few areas they cheaped out on like the plastic on the top and front. very thin and flimsy.
I was expecting it to be very good at dust prevention due to all the filters but it really is not. Next time I buy a case I might go with something from corsair or silverstone.
Yeah I don't like the plastic that much either. If the H630 comes with a window option, then I'll probably snag one of those.
post #8 of 10
First, happy (belated) birthday

I think you should get the UPS. It's the best investment if power is intermittent at your location.

I'd not throw any more money into older gen gear, especially with Haswell imminent.

For PSU, the TX650M uses a ADDA fan IIRC which is pretty quiet, unless it has gone bad
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I agree with AlphaC if power is not so good go for ups.
other then that i would wait.
    
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First, happy (belated) birthday

I think you should get the UPS. It's the best investment if power is intermittent at your location.

I'd not throw any more money into older gen gear, especially with Haswell imminent.

For PSU, the TX650M uses a ADDA fan IIRC which is pretty quiet, unless it has gone bad
If Haswell turns out to not be worth the upgrade, then do you think it would be ok? Also the fan on my PSU isn't loud per se, but compared to my Noctua fans it is. IIRC, the fans inside uses a 2 pin connector, right?

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I agree with AlphaC if power is not so good go for ups.
other then that i would wait.
Thanks I think I'll wait a bit and see how Haswell turns out.
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