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Hello all! biggrin.gif

I am thinking of selling some my current hardware in search for upgrades. I come to OCN seeking advice, once again.
I will be purchasing a new monitor here soon as well. What would you guys upgrade in my sig rig? (Gaming Rig)

I cannot remember the RAM i have at the moment lol. its 8gb of corsair xms 1600mhz i wanna say

My budget is 500>

Care to pick a part my comp and upgrade it? Let me know what you think, please! thumb.gif
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post #2 of 23
I would say just the graphics card, the i7 2600K is still pretty strong for gaming.

For Nvidia GPU:
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Dual SC ACX 4GB $446.36 US Dollars
For AMD GPU:
Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X OC 4GB $509.94 US Dollars, this may be a bit over budget.
Edited by benjamen50 - 3/12/14 at 4:13am
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post #3 of 23
PNY GTX 770 for $309

this 770 offers a lifetime warranty as long as you register in 30 days. it is actually not the card amazon shows in the first image. The card Has 3 fans. it is shown in the 2nd amazon image.

i done a build for a friend and this thing is a beast and its dead silent.
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post #4 of 23

No need to upgrade your CPU, and your GPU is still strong. If you really want to buy something i'd suggest a good 120hz monitor. 

post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by splinterize View Post

No need to upgrade your CPU, and your GPU is still strong. If you really want to buy something i'd suggest a good 120hz monitor. 

id agree with this.
your CPU is golden.
you have a 6990.
8gb is currently enough if you only game...and besides, when you upgrade systems in the future you most likely wont be taking it with you.

id get a really nice monitor man.
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post #6 of 23
Saw you have a Thermaltake Toughpower Grand PSU?

You told you to buy this?

I am asking because sory to say but that PSU is not very good it has very high ripple on all rails

Ripple is 86,6mv which is way too high even 75mv is too high

Even at 20% load ripple is 48,8mv which again is way too high

Voltage Regulation is not very good either

Overall it should be a crime to sell a 1200 watts PSU thats so bad as the Toughpower Grand
Edited by shilka - 3/12/14 at 5:37am
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post #7 of 23
Buy a GTX 780. Faster than a 290 OC vs. OC, and less pricey in the states.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DIH8OOQ/?tag=pcpapi-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GUA97QW/?tag=pcpapi-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CW7VZNK/?tag=pcpapi-20

No reason to upgrade your CPU and mobo unless you want to go for 6-core intel chips.
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Saw you have a Thermaltake Toughpower Grand PSU?

You told you to buy this?

I am asking because sory to say but that PSU is not very good it has very high ripple on all rails

Ripple is 86,6mv which is way too high even 75mv is too high

Even at 20% load ripple is 48,8mv which again is way too high

Voltage Regulation is not very good either

Overall it should be a crime to sell a 1200 watts PSU thats so bad as the Toughpower Grand

Doesn't make any sense to replace it though. Might not be an excellent 1200W unit but it'll do just fine for whatever OP is looking to do with his budget.
 
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post #8 of 23
If he cant find room to replace it now it should go on the list as the next thing that should be replaced

12v ripple like that will stess his hardware for no good reason

Think HighPower was drunk the day they made that unit as its not very good to say the least
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post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Alatar View Post

Buy a GTX 780. Faster than a 290 OC vs. OC, and less pricey in the states.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DIH8OOQ/?tag=pcpapi-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GUA97QW/?tag=pcpapi-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CW7VZNK/?tag=pcpapi-20

No reason to upgrade your CPU and mobo unless you want to go for 6-core intel chips.
Doesn't make any sense to replace it though. Might not be an excellent 1200W unit but it'll do just fine for whatever OP is looking to do with his budget.

^this.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7748882

780 will beat that at 1400 on the core maybe.
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post #10 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alatar View Post

Buy a GTX 780. Faster than a 290 OC vs. OC, and less pricey in the states.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DIH8OOQ/?tag=pcpapi-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GUA97QW/?tag=pcpapi-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CW7VZNK/?tag=pcpapi-20

No reason to upgrade your CPU and mobo unless you want to go for 6-core intel chips.
Doesn't make any sense to replace it though. Might not be an excellent 1200W unit but it'll do just fine for whatever OP is looking to do with his budget.

 

You cant mine with Nvidia cards. No point in buying Nvidia GPUs right now since the AMDs usually pay themselves in a few months. 

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