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post #1 of 8
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Hey, I will be in Texas from October to November and since I live in Denmark the parts I can buy in Texas will be cheaper than in Denmark.

I was wondering what upgrades I should be looking for but at the moment I have made this list: (my current system can be seen in my sig rig)

GPU: GTX 780 (maybe EVGA - I'm not really sure which brand to choose here)
CPU: i7-4770k (since I will most likely only be gaming, watching movies and programming will this CPU then be overkill with HyperThreading and just in general? Maybe the 4670k)
Motherboard: I'm not really sure which motherboard to choose. I'd like a blue or black themed motherboard as it fits with my current colors and I have 4x4GB ram sticks + RAID 0)

Or should I wait a bit more (if some new parts will be available a few weeks or months after I return)?

Any help will be greatly appreciated,
Thanks
Edited by mvrb - 7/29/13 at 4:19am
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post #2 of 8
Your best bet is to upgrade you video card. A gtx 780 is a serious upgrade over your 580. Other than that if you only play games and watch movies i would keep my money and would not upgrade the cpu/mb. Unless ofc you want to buy and play with new components for fun. Then a 4670k with a gigabyte ud3 (blue and black) is a nice option.
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post #3 of 8
i agree with ChaosAD, nothing really needs upgrading but you can upgrade to gtx 780. i would say to sli your 580 if you could get another for relatively cheap. you could look for a sound card as i believe it may be the only thing worth getting
 
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post #4 of 8
Just as the other guys have said, the only thing to change is the GTX780. It will run much cooler and consume less power than your GTX580. My GTX580 was great in winter to help keep my apartment warm.
Have you got your 2600k overclocked at all?
post #5 of 8
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Thanks for your replies. I may purchase the 780 then or maybe wait untill the 880 is released.

@Wam7 it is not currently overclocked, but I once had it overclocked to 4.5GHz and I am planning to do the same soon.

@Kishagi Will it be worth getting a sound card for my Corsair SP2500 speakers?
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post #6 of 8
I dont see how It could hurt. The guru3d review i read of your speakers involved the use of a high grade sound card so yea it would be worth it.
looking at your motherboard I see that you have a non obstructive PCI Slot and PCI E x1 slot (arent blocked by or block 2-slot graphics cards), so your options are widened.

I would reccomend the ASUS Xonar DX but you would have to use custom drivers as they work alot better; the lower end Asus cards are great (DG/DS) and the higher end ones (Essence and ROG Phoebus) are supposed to be freaking amazing.

If you can get a cheaper 2nd hand card then go for it. Ive heard good things about the Auzentech Prelude and ive seen some up for sale on various forums. The Creative X-fi Titanium is supposed to be really good for 'dynamic' sounds in games.

Watch out for the Auzentech X-Fi fortes' as they die rather quickly. They are one of the best while working but they generate alot of heat and the heatsink is taped on as i found out the hard way, I reapplied the heatsink with thermal paste but i need to retry the card. It was messed the last time i used it but it gave good sound for the first 5 mins of my last use.
 
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post #7 of 8
I reinforce what kishagi stated. I have an Asus DGX and considering how little it costs it is a great sounding card. Head and shoulders above of the standard onboard sound you get on motherboards and even better than the very good Creative sound on the Gigabyte X79 Assassin 2
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Thanks, I will look into these sound cards.
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2x Corsair Force GS 240GB in RAID 0 Thermaltake Frio Antec 920 Windows 8 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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