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Upgrading my PC, need suggestions and advice!

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Hey! So I built my PC in mid 2012. Haven't done anything major with it since in terms of updating. This is the current build:

CPU: Intel Core i7 3930k @ 4.5ghz overclocked with Corsair H100 water cooling kit
GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 3gb OC Edition
OS: Windows 8.1 64bit Professional on a Crucial 256gb SSD
Memory: 16gb Corsair Vengeance (4x4)
Blu-ray Burner, DVD Reader, additional memory card slots
6 other HDDs for storage
PSU: Corsair HX750
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
Motherboard: Corsair X79 Sabertooth LGA2011

I like to think it was a pretty high end system for a while.
Now I am going to be doing some upgrades. The major change I want to do is buy a Radeon R9 295x2 graphics card. This should be enough for 4k gaming right? I know it's a monster of a GPU, so I definitely have to upgrade my PSU... maybe to 1000 or 1200 watts?

I just have some other questions, hopefully you pros can help me out!

1. I assume my Intel 3930k doesn't need be replaced yes? I figure its still more than enough.
2. Should I buy an additional 8 or 16gb of memory? Also, my current memory is DD3.. should I replace it with DDR4?
3. Any good 4k monitor recommendations? Preferably around $500-600? (I don't need the monitor asap)

Also, I want to upgrade my water cooling kit. The Corsair one was nice, but I always felt like it wasn't as good as a custom loop might be. My CPU usually idles around 32c.
I wanted to replace it with a Pacific RL240 custom loop. I've never had experience with this sort of water cooling set.. are they considerably better than the all-in-ones? (they do look cooler)

Lastly, any idea what sort of performance boost I will see from going from a Radeon HD 7950 to the RL 295x2?
As it is now, I can play maximum settings 1080p Skyrim with 200+ mods (ENB, major texture packets, etc) at around 45-55fps outside and 60fps in cities, dungeons, and buildings.

Thanks!! I am really excited to power this system up.. it's been too long.
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You dont need 1000-1200 watts even for a 295x, 850 watts is more then enough.
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Is that so? I am just trying to figure out if the remaining 350 watts is enough for my overclocked CPU, motherboard, 6 HDDs, SSD, case fans, media card reader, optical drive, and memory
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Is that so? I am just trying to figure out if the remaining 350 watts is enough for my overclocked CPU, motherboard, 6 HDDs, SSD, case fans, media card reader, optical drive, and memory
All that wont even use 250 watts.
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Wait for the r9 390x and wait for a freesync monitor.
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

Wait for the r9 390x and wait for a freesync monitor.

I agree, you should wait for the 390x and a freesync. Also, you could upgrade the CPU if you so chose but you are for sure fine where you are. AS it comes to ram, i have the same debate, i have 16Gb of G.SKill running 2133Mhz, i use Core Temp as an easy monitor and i never see my ram go past 30~45% usage so doubling my ram just doesnt make sense to me. Now you may be different, idk what you do or if you run multiple large programs at once.

As it goes for DDR4, im not sure about doing that right now. Maybe just get the new GPU and then in the fall/winter/ next spring pick up a new mobo, cpu, and ddr4 and complete the set since you will need a new mobo which would allow you to maybe get the next cpu socket from intel. Also, its still rumored about ddr5 but who knows.

The custom loop WOULD be a lot cooler IF you set it up properly but that is not a cheap venture, not that you are cheap on your system. Just depends, are you planning on pushing that 3930 closer to 5Ghz? If you are happy with your settings right now i wouldnt bother, but you could get a loop and have the intentions of looping in your chipset off your mobo and your gpu when plates become available.

Last note, i wish i could have another gpu... im surprised the wife let me buy my R9 290x last year... lol Back when they were $600, since i bought a Asus Platinum Matrix card.... =D
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