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Hey everyone, I built my first gaming desktop around three years ago and I haven't really touched any of the components since. It's been running all games pretty well but I think it is time for an upgrade. What parts do you think I should upgrade, what should I upgrade them to, and which parts should I sell? I'm not looking to spend any more than $500 or so to upgrade this computer unless there is a dramatic increase of performance for a little more money. All advice is greatly appreciated. I'll post my rig specs below and it is also linked in my sig. Water cooling might be cool smile.gif

-Fallacy

cpu - i5 3570k
motherboard - asrock z77 extreme 4
gpu - asus 670 gtx Direct CUII TOP
ram - 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 1866
ssd - 128GB Crucial M4
hdd - 1TB Seagate Barracuda
optical drive - LG Super-Multi Drive
cpu cooling - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO -> Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm
cooling - 3X Cosair AF140 Quiet Edition
monitor - Asus VS247H-P 23.6inch 1080p
psu - Seasonic X 650W
case - Fractal R4
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That's a solid system. I would overclock to 4.4 or so, get a 980, and a 256, or 500 GB ssd.

edit: if staying under $500 then I'd probably wait for GM200 and/or AMD's offerings and get a very nice, big SSD
Edited by ForNever - 1/26/15 at 10:30pm
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That's a solid system. I would overclock to 4.4 or so, get a 980, and a 256, or 500 GB ssd.

edit: if staying under $500 then I'd probably wait for GM200 and/or AMD's offerings and get a very nice, big SSD

how long is it projected until GM200 releases?

is 4.4 achievable for ivy on that cpu cooler?
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how long is it projected until GM200 releases?

is 4.4 achievable for ivy on that cpu cooler?

No one really knows when big maxwell will drop, but pure speculation I would guess around spring/early summer. 4.4 is definitely achievable with a hyper 212, and you may be able to go higher, but will be limited by temps unless you are a gambling man and attempt to delid and apply some high quality TIM.

Keep in mind AMD's next round of GPU's will likely be nothing to scoff at when they're released (which is rumored to be 2nd quarter this year).
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No one really knows when big maxwell will drop, but pure speculation I would guess around spring/early summer. 4.4 is definitely achievable with a hyper 212, and you may be able to go higher, but will be limited by temps unless you are a gambling man and attempt to delid and apply some high quality TIM.

Keep in mind AMD's next round of GPU's will likely be nothing to scoff at when they're released (which is rumored to be 2nd quarter this year).

Any update on the next gen graphics cards? I'm not looking to drop a ton of cash so should I pick up a 980 or 970 when they drop in price due to the new tier of cards?
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Is this machine primarily for gaming? If so I would really say it's a solid build without a major overclock. If it were me my priority upgrade would be moving to a higher res monitor and then when HBM settles into the market a bit buying the best performance GPU I could get within my budget. Your GPU is really the only component showing it's age at this point.

Short term and if staying at 1080P I see no reason why a 290 or gtx 970 wouldn't be sufficient. Sure I suppose prices will drop, especially on used 970, 980, 290x when the new cards are on the shelves. We're still hoping to see AMD launch their first round of HBM cards around June. Not sure about the Green side but I suspect they'll have an answer to the 390 in a reasonable time frame.

I would hold out on the CPU until another gen, 4690k isn't a really a worthy step up from a 3570k, really not going to make the money worth it relative to any performance increase in your games IMO.
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Is this machine primarily for gaming? If so I would really say it's a solid build without a major overclock. If it were me my priority upgrade would be moving to a higher res monitor and then when HBM settles into the market a bit buying the best performance GPU I could get within my budget. Your GPU is really the only component showing it's age at this point.

Short term and if staying at 1080P I see no reason why a 290 or gtx 970 wouldn't be sufficient. Sure I suppose prices will drop, especially on used 970, 980, 290x when the new cards are on the shelves. We're still hoping to see AMD launch their first round of HBM cards around June. Not sure about the Green side but I suspect they'll have an answer to the 390 in a reasonable time frame.

I would hold out on the CPU until another gen, 4690k isn't a really a worthy step up from a 3570k, really not going to make the money worth it relative to any performance increase in your games IMO.

Okay that sounds good to me, whats the time frame for the next gen cards to release so I know when to expect a drop in price of the cards im considering? Thanks!
post #8 of 8
You could wait for the R9 390 which could be out in two months or get a GTX970 / R9 290x now and crank up your settings.

If you also do some work on that rig, I'd go for a 1440p monitor.
That extra landscape will be great for photo/video editing, or even just excel spreadsheets
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