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Hi Guys,

I believe an upgrade is in order seeing as my rig hasn't seen an overhaul since 2009.

Hoping to reuse my GPU, case, hard drives so really only need the following:

CPU: Haswell i5 4670k

Mobo: MSI Z87 G43

Memory: 8gb GSkill Trident X 2400 C10

PSU: Corsair TX750V2

Optional SSD: Samsung 840 120gb

I dont plan to go SLI and will overclock later down the line, stock speeds will be more than enough for now hence stock CPU cooler.

Let me know your thoughts and suggest what I might need to change smile.gif

Cheers

P.S. Has anyone used www.extak.com before?
post #2 of 9
Well since you're not OCing any, i was gonna say get a 3570K and OC to ~4Ghz and be around the Haswell for less $$, but nevermind. lol

But other then that it looks good.

Idk about that site, i haven't seen much of it.

Also, you 5850 may not be able to use the 4670K like a new GPU would, just FYI, still a decent GPU though.
 
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Originally Posted by mauguai View Post

Hi Guys,

I believe an upgrade is in order seeing as my rig hasn't seen an overhaul since 2009.

Hoping to reuse my GPU, case, hard drives so really only need the following:

CPU: Haswell i5 4670k

Mobo: MSI Z87 G43

Memory: 8gb GSkill Trident X 2400 C10

PSU: Corsair TX750V2

Optional SSD: Samsung 840 120gb

I dont plan to go SLI and will overclock later down the line, stock speeds will be more than enough for now hence stock CPU cooler.

Let me know your thoughts and suggest what I might need to change smile.gif

Cheers

P.S. Has anyone used www.extak.com before?

I am in the same exact boat I made a similar post to someone else but if i were you I would wait until September since Ivybridge -e 4930k comes out otherwise if you can hold off 6 months the new 14nm chips come out.
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Seeing as this rig is mainly used for a bit of gaming and general usage I wouldn't be inclined to spend the kind of money for an Ivybridge-E.

This is really more of solid upgrade more than anything else so my aging desktop feels like a powerful desktop again without having to buy extreme high end parts.

Thanks for your input smile.gif
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I hear you, I actually am pretty sure I am going the Ivy Bridge E setup come Setember and getting an I7-4930K.

I am going to be sad since my Gigabyte X58-ud5 with an i7-930 goes to 4.1GHZ rock stable. I originally was going to wait for the 14nm chip in '14 but I am impatient.
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Hi mauguai

If you're not bound to that website do shop around , there are some good combo deals too at the likes of Aria , Scan, CCL , Ebuyer etc.
you are doing something similar to what I did, updating existing system with new mobo/cpu/ram

I would seriously look at getting a larger SSD though, Samsungs are great and well priced (in fact their new EVO drives are very aggressively priced, so competition is hotting up.
I had a 120gb and filled it up WAY too quickly, 240GB minimum because you will definitely want your favourite games on the SSD, Battlefield 3 for instance benefits greatly from faster disk performance.

Secondly you may want to have a think about your ram, 1600MHz is native for Haswell and generally there is little benefit other than benchmarking running it higher, and invariably you run it at stock when overclocking your cpu (which is the intent in the end).

Finally you don't need to go so high on the Power supply, a good quality 500-550w PSU will do, I can see you already got yourself a TAGAN and the Corsairs's are great, but you could save yourself £20 which could go towards upping that SSD smile.gif

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post #7 of 9
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Some good advice Bakerman! I've had a look around those sites just now but couldn't quite find a suitable deal on those bundles.

As for the ram I'm certainly aware of how anything over 1600 seems a waste for Haswell it wasn't that much cheaper to go for a GSkill set clocked at 1600 over 2400 hence that choice. False sense of future proofing for down the line? Maybe tongue.gif

Good call on those Samsung EVOs I didn't know they were released but they're certainly looking very promising. I'll probably stick to a 120 drive as an OS/critical programs drive though as the 640Gb hdd is still sticking around to hold the bulk of the junk.

The PSU also a bit overkill i agree, it was just something I noticed with a high review score on www.jonnyguru.com. There was some future proofing in mind but given my past buying habits i'd probably never buy anything requiring that much power.

Opted for this PSU on Amazon for £20 cheaper

Corsair TX650V2 Enthusiast

The 550W version seems difficult to find online hence that choice.

Great feedback thumb.gif
post #8 of 9
Bang on with the Johnnyguru advice, that site really does rip into PSU reviews, it would be nice if more sites were specialist about reviewing too, i.e. a GPU site, an HDD site etc etc, rather than the catchall ones which sometimes seem to get a little doe-eyed when they get something shiny for free.

I have to admit I bought 1866 ram and ran the XMP profile before OC'ing which worked flawlessly, the OC soon took care of that, although I will have another bash at setting the speeds for giggles later smile.gif
    
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I got the G2 1300 watt, and did a load of research I feel it will future proof yourself unless you went 4 titans...
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