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I need advice on upgrading an old gaming rig.

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My current configuration is as follows:

Processor: AMD Phenom II 1090T
Cooler: CM V10
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair Formula IV
Memory: Corsair 4x4GB DDR3 1600Mhz
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH6950 DCII
Drive: OCZ Agility 3 120GB
PSU: CM SilentPro 1000W
Case: CM 690 Advanced II

It’s been quite a while since I've had this configuration and I've had many problems, mainly with the motherboard and its heat sink placement. A day after I assembled and started the computer, the thermal paste on the motherboard burned and the chipsets almost melted (this was on idle). To make this short, right now I've got the problem under control but can’t really overclock anything because the NB and SB go past 80-90 degrees if I do.

So this year I decided to purchase a G75VX and was immediately shocked to see how much incredibly faster the Intel Core i7 processor is, compared to my Phenom II 1090T. I was able to run games at much higher settings, even though the GPU on the G75VX is 192bit compared to the 256 bit EAH6950 DCII. Anyway I decided to jump ships and go for an Intel CPU and a NVIDIA graphics card. For now my monetary situation allows me to only upgrade the key components, such as motherboard, processor, ram and probably have enough left for a decent cooler like the Corsair H100i.

I am currently stuck deciding what motherboard I should get and consecutively, what CPU I should choose. After reading a bunch of stuff on the internet I decided that it might be best to invest in an 1150 socket and an Intel Core i7 processor. I will list my considerations below and would appreciate it if anyone who has actually had experience with said products, can give an honest opinion on them and steer me in the right direction. As things stand right now I don't have a lot of money to spend, will do however, after I sell the old parts.

Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K, considered the Intel Core i5-4670K but decided against it due to lack of hyperthreading (for CPU heavy games and programs such as MMO's and Graphic Editors).
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 or ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO.
Memory: i don't have many options, could go with Corsair or GEIL, also not sure what frequency i should get for the above mentioned motherboards and processor.
Cooler: Corsair H100i, will probably want to clock the processor at 4.5Ghz, i'm hoping this would be easy with the above motherboards and this cooler will keep things at reasonable temps.

I am still considering whether i should go for an 2011 socket and processor because i am a bit worried that the 1150 socket will not be supported in a year or two (or so i'm guessing...). After all i am looking to build a rig here that could hold up at least for several years (as in, will be able to run future games etc...). So one must also think in advance. Some have suggested that i stay with AMD but my overall experience with them was terrible, at the end of the day you get what you pay for.
post #2 of 4
Hi

You are looking to a similar build to me. All i can say is that you will not be disappointed. I haven't OCed anything yet (don't really need to ATM), and my CPU seems to boost itself to more than 4GHz automatically.

I also had some problems with AMD in the past, but many people swear by them... It seems we have a similar mindset biggrin.gif
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Vengeance® LPX 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz Blue Western Digital Black 2TB EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Dual) EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM 
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RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
Vengeance® LPX 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz Blue Western Digital Black 2TB EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Dual) EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK-Supremacy MX CPU Waterblock - Acetal EK-FC980 GTX Ti WF3 - Acetal+Nickel Corsair SP120 Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 
PowerCaseOther
Corsair RM850x Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition CableMod C-Series RMi, RMx Cable Kit - Blue 
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i5 4570r mushkin Samsung 850 Evo Msata 250B Ubuntu 
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So at what temperatures is the processor running when stressed? I'm rather hesitant on whether the H100i will be enough to cool at 4.5Ghz. Also at what frequency are you running your Corsair Dominators?
post #4 of 4
My RAM is 1600. I have nothing overclocked... yet wink.gif
My ambient temps are around 25C.
My GPU and CPU idle at around 22C and 25C respectively (core temps are between 15-18C).
I have not properly stressed and checked temps as of yet, but im sure things are sitting around 40-45C mark.
I will do some tests when i can and get back to you.
I'm very happy with the H100i so far - and i am using this radiator as a case exhaust fan. If i switched it to intake, it might be a couple degrees cooler.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel® Core™ i7-6700K MSI Z170a SLI PLUS Gigabyte 980 TI G1 Gaming Gigabyte 980 TI G1 Gaming 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
Vengeance® LPX 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz Blue Western Digital Black 2TB EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Dual) EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK-Supremacy MX CPU Waterblock - Acetal EK-FC980 GTX Ti WF3 - Acetal+Nickel Corsair SP120 Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 
PowerCaseOther
Corsair RM850x Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition CableMod C-Series RMi, RMx Cable Kit - Blue 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
i5 4570r mushkin Samsung 850 Evo Msata 250B Ubuntu 
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Vengeance® LPX 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz Blue Western Digital Black 2TB EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Dual) EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK-Supremacy MX CPU Waterblock - Acetal EK-FC980 GTX Ti WF3 - Acetal+Nickel Corsair SP120 Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 
PowerCaseOther
Corsair RM850x Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition CableMod C-Series RMi, RMx Cable Kit - Blue 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
i5 4570r mushkin Samsung 850 Evo Msata 250B Ubuntu 
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