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So I bought a Dell Xps 8300 when I first graduated high school and now I realize how bad of a PC it actually is when I do a lot of video work. So the first thing I did was upgraded to the i7-3770k not realizing it wasn't compatible with my mobo. I saved some money and am looking to get a new case as well as a power supply and mobo. I'm just wondering if all of this will work together before I make another dumb purchase. THANKS!!!!

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182132
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837
Current GPX card looking to upgrade: NVIDIA Geforce GT 420
Current Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Anything more you need to know let me know and I'll get back to you asap! Thanks so much!
 

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Everything looks good but the GPU. GT420 is bad. Your Dell would be massively improved even with just a better GPU. The XPS 8300 shouldnt be that slow. I imagine its just the GPU sucking so badly that it brings your whole computer down when you need it.
 

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Makes complete sense GPU's are just so expensive! any reccomendations to a good GPU? around say 200$?
 

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What are the specs on your Dell? i5 or i7? memory?
 

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I game as well as make youtube videos with sony vegas. If I were to get a 560 which one should I get? And whats the difference between ti and regular. I've always been told if your getting a 560 get the ti...
 

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What are the specs on your Dell? i5 or i7? memory?
The original specs were a i5-2300k with 8gigs memory I now have 16 gigs memory and soon to have the i7 3770k installed.
 

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Ti is a lot more powerful. Also look at the 448 core version if you can find it. The non ti version I think has a smaller bus and some other parts disabled I think.

But I'm with the suggestion above. An hd 7870 would be an excellent and affordable choice. Or the 660.
 

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Just set a price that you want to spend and we can find the best card for the amount of money. Earlier you said around $200. If your limit is $150ish, get a 560 or 7850.
 

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Never have used a radeon not sure I want to start now haha. I think I'm going to give this 660 a try. I appreciate all of your help. These forums are for sure a bookmark. Awesome community! A+
 

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And I'm assuming all of this will fit inside that case. I've seen full cases and small cases never seen a medium before. Seems ideal.
 

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If you're okay with used GPUs you could always check the OCN marketplace for a smokin' deal on a GTX 580 ($200-$210) and that would be a nice upgrade. Hell, maybe even look for a taken care of 6950/6970 or like others have said a 448 Ti or a 570. Or just get the current gen of GPU's.
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One last question, do I need to just go ahead and get a new harddrive and cd/dvd drive? or should everything transfer over to the new case and new stuff just fine?
 

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Optical and Hard drives can just be moved over.
The hard drive with the Operating system will need to go through updates though to get everything set up.
Win7 is pretty easy to move over. After backing up your old drive just move over all the hardware, boot up, do a "in place upgrade" reboot and should be good.
Previous OS's I just recommend a new install.

I moved my setup from a LGA 775 setup to my 1155 setup AND from a HD to an SSD basically the way I just described and running great!
 

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So if I was looking for get a new hard drive and cd/dvd drive is there anything special I need to look for? I would really like a ssd but I'm really on a budget and I've already spent a decent amount. Unless I can get a good ssd with cd drive for around 100$ I think I'll have to go with a regular hard drive. Any suggestions? And if I were to make the switch to a new hard drive I should just buy a new copy of windows 7 as well? Or back up everything and reinstall on the new one. Sorry for my lack of expertise!
 

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Check out Sean's guides.
I used them for my SSD setup and migration. You can easily "move" your current install to a newer / bigger Hard drive without having to re-install EVERYTHING
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds

He is very helpful and way more understanding on how things work when they don't than me
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Overall it took some time but was easy and painless.

You shouldn't need a new Win7 if your moving to a newer machine, ie: running 1.
 
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