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post #1 of 5
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My current setup is:
CoolerMaster HAF X Blue
i5-2500k
MSI p67A-GD65 MB
8GB G.Skill Ripjaw Ram
Windforce 670 GTX
LG Blu Ray Burner
Asus VH236H monitor
Generic 19" monitor (second screen)
Cyborg MMO7 mouse
Antec 750w PSU
Corsair A70 CPU cooler
Logitech G10 Keyboard (or whatever "GX" number it is)
Nostromo N52 Gamepad

I pretty much paly MMOs exclusively with an occasional first person shooter in there. My gut tells me my CPU is next to be upgraded...but that will likely require a MB as well (not sure).

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 5
One can practically upgrade his/her graphics card pretty much every couple of months, with a 670 you are pretty set especially if you don't have any troubles.

Other than gaming are you overclocking or doing anything too intensive with your CPU?

As it did come out my suggestion for upgrading your CPU would be with Intel's newest line of processors, Haswell. The 4670 is probably the way to go with another i5. Go top of the line with an i7 4770k.

And yes this would mean new motherboard as well. I am sure there are a bunch of deals out there for getting both together.

If you are going to do this you may want to consider an upgrade on your CPU cooler as well. I'm a fan of the Corsair H-80/100(i). Depending on what fits in your case (and budget). That'll keep you cool!

To tell you the truth however, unless you feel as though you really need it, it does not seem as though you need an upgrade. Best of luck though! (let us know what you decide to do!) thumb.gif
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post #3 of 5
IMO I don't think you really need an upgrade. Your PC is pretty beefy as it is and will likely handle most if not all of the MMO games comming out for the next year or more, considering the power of the 670 in your rig.

A few notes about the CPU...Sandy-Bridge still overclocks better than both Ivy Bridge and Haswell, the newest Intel chips. And it is still clearly better than anything from AMD. I'd say, unless you REALLY want to spend your money on new hardware (like me! I can't stop buying hardware, even though I don't need it T_T) you don't really need an upgrade for the kind of games you play.

If you want to go to Haswell, it is a step up in terms of energy efficiency, but at load it consumes more energy and produces more heat than Ivy Bridge. Its during sleep states that it saves power compared to the other i5/i7 parts, not really during gaming or anything. ]

If you really do feel like upgrading, I would probably grab more memory for your rig. I remember hearing on PC Per Podcast or TWIT.TV that RAM prices are going steadily up since manufacturers are slowing down production to switch over to more "mobile" RAM production instead of catering to the desktop market, so maybe buy some more while its still relatively cheap? Thats just a hypothetical guess, as no one really knows if thats actually happening but I have seen some memory units increase in price recently while trolling NewEgg.
post #4 of 5
You really do have a good setup for MMOs. Like lynnperformance said, more memory may be a good idea, as the prices are set to increase. But if you really have the upgrade bug and feel like you need to spend some cash, look into a bigger monitor, like something in the 2560x1440 category. The only problem is that you might need some more graphical horsepower for it. Otherwise, I would say stick with your CPU as well as the rest of your components as you have a pretty solid setup.
post #5 of 5
I don't see much upgrades that I'd look into on that build. Maybe except the cooling.
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