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post #11 of 38
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He tends to go crazy when someone isn't using a Rosewill Capstone PSU, sure OP's PSU isn't the best but It won't exactly set your computer on fire but an upgrade would be great.

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Instead of the WD Black 1TB model WD1002FAEX, you really should get the less-expensive WD Blue 1TB model WD10EZEX.

I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but the WD Blue is a newer single-platter design while the WD Black is an older multi-platter drive. The only real upside that the WD Black has in comparison is a longer warranty (5 years vs. 2).
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post #13 of 38
Couple of ideas, get a bigger SSD (at least a Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB or ADATA SX900 256GB SSD)-you'll thank yourself, get a new processor (maybe Haswell 4670k), perhaps a new graphics card (Nvidia GTX 780 possibly), some water-cooling (maybe an XSPC Raystorm kit or a simpler Corsair 100i/10i), other than that, you're set! smile.gif
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Take note, if you decide on a new Haswell chip you'll need a new Z87 motherboard.
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post #15 of 38
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Originally Posted by YoloSwaggins View Post

What PSU would you recommend as the one I have is too apparently? If I added a second AMD 7970 (not fully sure it would fit as they are quite big,) would I need to change any other parts?

Seasonics's P760/P860 PSU's are from the reviews I've seen are the best on the market as far as I know.
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Originally Posted by svenge View Post

Instead of the WD Black 1TB model WD1002FAEX, you really should get the less-expensive WD Blue 1TB model WD10EZEX.

I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but the WD Blue is a newer single-platter design while the WD Black is an older multi-platter drive. The only real upside that the WD Black has in comparison is a longer warranty (5 years vs. 2).

I do already have this PC, so I reckon I might take a look as I do need more space! Thanks
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

Seasonics's P760/P860 PSU's are from the reviews I've seen are the best on the market as far as I know.

So I actually need a bigger PSU? Not a smaller one... or is that if I only got another GPU for example?
post #17 of 38
Yeah you'll need a larger PSU if you want to run 7970's in Crossfire.
post #18 of 38
I don't see anything subpar in this rig. With a good overclock on the i5 it should be a pretty great performer.

If you want to buy a new HDD I'd suggest the WD10EZEX, it's WD's newest consumer drive and althrough being marketed as a Blue it's faster than the Black like the one you have right now and quieter.
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First thing you sould replace is the PSU then

lol really?
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post #19 of 38
GX Series PSU's are fine.
And on the CPU front, if you can get a decent overclock (4.6-5GHz) out of that chip, don't worry about upgrading to Ivy Bridge or Haswell, as the IPC gains are offset by the lower overclocking.. Unless you really have to.

I'd look at maybe a 1600 or 1440p monitor, bigger SSD, Bigger HDD and another GPU to run that new screen nicely.

Perhaps Crossfire 7970's would require a bit more juice than that PSU, so maybe look at a 750/850w PSU.
but that's me..
Edited by McMogg - 6/14/13 at 3:18am
post #20 of 38
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So I actually need a bigger PSU? Not a smaller one... or is that if I only got another GPU for example?

In terms of wattage, you'd only need a ~750w unit were you to run two cards. However I strongly suggest replacing your current PSU regardless of GPU count, as it is exceedingly subpar in terms of component quality and operational characteristics.

The Cooler Master GX 650w model you own is made by Seventeam (a manufacturer known for poor-quality PSUs) and is completely populated by Su'scon capacitors (which are notoriously bad in their own right). Feel free to read the scathing review of its 750w brother at JonnyGURU for more details...
Edited by svenge - 6/14/13 at 3:32am
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