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To build or upgrade.. That is the question.

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, long time no see err chat.

Anyways. I am back and looking for a suggestion. I am debating building a new rig or just upgrading what I have. I am 50/50 both sides of the road with it.

What I currently have I will list below, what I am thinking of building, and its more of a fun build is a matx or even itx gaming lan size box, watercooled as always. I really like the FT03 case and the Prodigy (green color case). I have always kind of wanted to build one for fun and do some modding to some nice water cooling in a little case. Here is the thing. I don't "need" a new rig by anymeans. It more just something fun todo/ build. I think it would end up costing me a ton more to build what I want here tongue.gif

Im looking at: (I dont want to rob parts off my other rigs)
- i5 4670k cpu.
- would need mobo itx or matx
-new psu
-new case
-ssd or hhd (ssd tongue.gif)
-new ram
-new gpu (if itx going to be looking at something like the 780)
-water block etc.

So you know anywhere around 1500 to 2000 for a build give or take.


my other option is upgrade what I have

I currently have:
-i5 2500k
-Asus sabertooth mobo
-800w gold stand psu
-Haf x
-128 ssd and 1 tb HHD
-8 gig veng ram
-GTX 670 FTW LE
-custom water kit including xspc water block and rads.


Now my idea and thoughts if I upgrade. Maybe buy a new case and play w/ that (could solve this itch of wanting to build something). Get a 2nd 670 FTW (could a 670 FTW work w/ FTW le?) along w/ getting an sli 670 get two more monitors and run all 3 smile.gif I would also be adding prob an ek waterblock to the gpu's as well and adding them to my loop.
So looking at 800 to 1000 total in upgrades.

Big question is what kind of performance gains would it be seeing if I built something new over my old one. I don't really know if the i5 2500k is old enough that the new 4670k would be a HUGE improvement. I also use the computer for gaming and thats about it. No video editing or audio work etc.

Anyways wanted to see what you guys thought.

also to note, I tried selling my current rig but that was a no go, I also have zero "need" for a new computer. I have two as it is, one for play one for work. I think I just have an itch for something new, I also think the small form factor is a attractive after owning the Haf x for so long.
post #2 of 6
Since you are just gaming, there is no reason to upgrade. The second 670 would benefit with 3 monitors, but that is it. You are only looking at a very small upgrade in performance (small enough that you most likely wouldn't even notice it).

My 2 cents: Sell off the HafX and get a newer case. This will let you tinker a bit and feel like you are building a new rig thumb.gif
It's so little!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4670k Asrock Z87E Asus r9 280x samsung 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
samsung 840 samsung  Thermaltake water 3.0 win7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
viewsonic 27" Cooler master qfr cooler master 700 corsair 250d 
MouseMouse PadAudio
anker vertical ocz sony 5.25" bookshelfs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
960t M4A89GTD-proUSB3 pny 660Ti samsung wonder ram 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Samsung F3 Samsung 840 250GB LG external DVD/R 212 evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 ViewSonic ViewSonic VX2739wm model m Cooler Master Silent Pro 700 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li A05FNB (flipped to A05NB) Razer Deathadder Black edt. OCZ behemoth Audio Technica ATH-AD500 
AudioAudioAudio
JVC HA-RX500 Dayton Audio Bookshelfs Lepai LP2020+ 
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It's so little!
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4670k Asrock Z87E Asus r9 280x samsung 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
samsung 840 samsung  Thermaltake water 3.0 win7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
viewsonic 27" Cooler master qfr cooler master 700 corsair 250d 
MouseMouse PadAudio
anker vertical ocz sony 5.25" bookshelfs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
960t M4A89GTD-proUSB3 pny 660Ti samsung wonder ram 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Samsung F3 Samsung 840 250GB LG external DVD/R 212 evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 ViewSonic ViewSonic VX2739wm model m Cooler Master Silent Pro 700 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li A05FNB (flipped to A05NB) Razer Deathadder Black edt. OCZ behemoth Audio Technica ATH-AD500 
AudioAudioAudio
JVC HA-RX500 Dayton Audio Bookshelfs Lepai LP2020+ 
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
You know your 100% right.
When I was proof reading my post I thought to my self the exact same thing. What I may do is start off w/ a new case, build it up a bit and get a waterblock for my first 670 and at it to my current loop. Still debating. I hate it when I get a build itch
post #4 of 6
You don't really go into specifics of what kind of components you have (ram speed, chipset on mobo) however, with $1500 you can upgrade your old rig to make it really shine.

If you are still on a Z68 or P67 chipset a Z77 motherboard will allow you to take your clocks a little further on that 2500k for sure. That would be a worthwhile upgrade.

While the HAF X is a nice case, if you are looking for something smaller, maybe the HAF XB or check frozencpu.com they have tons of nice custom Cube cases if you are looking for an original feel.

Adding another SSD for games is nice too, maybe even getting another identical 128GB SSD that you already own and running them in Raid 0.

Upgrading Ram isn't very costly, but the performance gains are there. Pick up 8GB of some Cas 9, 2133MHz memory.

Then of course grabbing a Second GTX 670 FTW LE - there's one going on Amazon.com right now for $350. Then you could always add waterblocks to them and add a bit to your existing loop.

Either way, people who own SandyBridge more than likely won't have to upgrade until Skylake.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
The break down of what I have now

i5 2500k p67
Asus p67 sabertooth mobo
Ram is corsair veng ram pc1600 (8 gigs) (The sticks were moved from another systems 16 gig of ram.) I thought about some of the dom ram from corsair.
ssd is an ocz vertex (something or other version)
(I cant remember the specs on psu atm (at work not at home right now)

Yea I have a little room for improvements.
I figured however If I am going too get new mobo I will prob get a new cpu also. I have my current cpu holding steady and cool at 4.5 ghz atm. I don't see tempts ever got over 52c under stress test of up to 24 hours. I have pretty low volts at that speed/ temp also. Never had a need to push any higher. I know it hit 5ghz for a while but I didn't like the voltz and didn't need the speed.


on another flip side I thought about a monster size case and doing a really nice water loop. Really shinning it up. Could go w/ the sexy new 900d (I know complete other side of the fence from itx size cases tongue.gif) I figure go really small or go really big tongue.gif


I am a big fan of Singularity Computers builds. I know he uses the Silverstone Temjin TJ11 cases alot. I do like the bottom compartment of these large cases. Makes for great cable management.
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by frawressvictoly View Post

The break down of what I have now

i5 2500k p67
Asus p67 sabertooth mobo
Ram is corsair veng ram pc1600 (8 gigs) (The sticks were moved from another systems 16 gig of ram.) I thought about some of the dom ram from corsair.
ssd is an ocz vertex (something or other version)
(I cant remember the specs on psu atm (at work not at home right now)

Yea I have a little room for improvements.
I figured however If I am going too get new mobo I will prob get a new cpu also. I have my current cpu holding steady and cool at 4.5 ghz atm. I don't see tempts ever got over 52c under stress test of up to 24 hours. I have pretty low volts at that speed/ temp also. Never had a need to push any higher. I know it hit 5ghz for a while but I didn't like the voltz and didn't need the speed.


on another flip side I thought about a monster size case and doing a really nice water loop. Really shinning it up. Could go w/ the sexy new 900d (I know complete other side of the fence from itx size cases tongue.gif) I figure go really small or go really big tongue.gif


I am a big fan of Singularity Computers builds. I know he uses the Silverstone Temjin TJ11 cases alot. I do like the bottom compartment of these large cases. Makes for great cable management.

The 2500k starts to shine @ 4.8GHz and up.
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