Upgrading System (New CPU, Mobo and SSD)

So I am hoping I can get any advice on upgrading my system. Advice having to do with better deals, any problems with compatibility, etc.

Here is what I currently have:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (3.0 ghz dual core)
Video Card: GTX 480
Motherboard: Asus P5E3 Deluxe
Ram: G Skill Ripjaws 2x 2gb ddr3
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153136
Case: Thermaltake Kandalf http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133024

I intend to keep my current ram sticks, video card, case and psu but upgrade the rest of my system with these parts:

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-P8Z77-V-LK-Intel-Motherboards/dp/B007RIFKTY/ref=cm_lmf_tit_2

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=cm_lmf_tit_1

SSD: Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-128GB-2-5-Inch-9-5mm-CT128M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKZI/ref=cm_lmf_tit_6


Here are some additional things I plan to get:

Vantec SP-FC70-BL Spectrum System Fan Card with Dual Adjustable 70mm UV LED Fans: http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-SP-FC70-BL-Spectrum-System-Adjustable/dp/B000233ZMU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370203261&sr=8-1&keywords=Vantec+Spectrum+Fan+Card+with+Dual+70mm

ARCTIC MX-4 Carbon-Based Thermal Compound: http://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-MX-4-Carbon-Based-Thermal-Compound/dp/B0045JCFLY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370203163&sr=8-1&keywords=ARCTIC+MX-4+%284g%29+Carbon-Based

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=twister_B002XZM0HQ?ie=UTF8&psc=1

SILVERSTONE SDP08 3.5 to 2 X 2.5-Inch Bay Converter: http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-SDP08-3-5-2-5-Inch-Converter/dp/B002BH3Z8E/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_y

The Arctic MX-4 is for my video card and the cpu I plan to get. The Bay converter I intend to use for making the SSD fit in my case.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12jg5
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  1. Use this website.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/
    It'll automatically tell you the best prices from loads of different vendors.
    It'll also automatically tell you if there are any compatibility issues, although it isn't always 100% accurate.

    Either way, it looks fine to me :P
  2. JRAtk94 said:
    Use this website.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/
    It'll automatically tell you the best prices from loads of different vendors.
    It'll also automatically tell you if there are any compatibility issues, although it isn't always 100% accurate.

    Either way, it looks fine to me :P


    Thanks for the very quick reply.

    I used the website now. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12jg5
  3. That looks like a good set-up :D
    As far as I can see, there are no compatibility issues here, and it will perform well.
    Obviously, the 3570k is a good choice, and will serve you well, especially if you plan to overclock it (I would assume so :P).
    However, I would suggest that at some point you upgrade to 8gb of RAM, as modern games are starting to demand more RAM. Since that new motherboard has 4 RAM slots, I'd recommend that you just buy another 4gb set of the RAM you already have, hence you'd have 4 x 2gb sticks of Ripjaws. Ensure that you buy exactly the same model of RAM though, including frequency (in your case, 1333mhz).

    Enjoy, bud! :D
  4. JRAtk94 said:
    That looks like a good set-up :D
    As far as I can see, there are no compatibility issues here, and it will perform well.
    Obviously, the 3570k is a good choice, and will serve you well, especially if you plan to overclock it (I would assume so :P).
    However, I would suggest that at some point you upgrade to 8gb of RAM, as modern games are starting to demand more RAM. Since that new motherboard has 4 RAM slots, I'd recommend that you just buy another 4gb set of the RAM you already have, hence you'd have 4 x 2gb sticks of Ripjaws. Ensure that you buy exactly the same model of RAM though, including frequency (in your case, 1333mhz).

    Enjoy, bud! :D


    I actually don't intend to overclock the CPU other than putting on the turbo option for it. Should I still get the custom
    CPU cooler or save myself the money and just use the stock CPU cooler?
  5. The stock cooler will be absolutely fine if you don't plan to overclock, other than the turbo option. :P
  6. The stock cooler will be absolutely fine if you don't plan to overclock, other than the turbo option. :P
  7. JRAtk94 said:
    The stock cooler will be absolutely fine if you don't plan to overclock, other than the turbo option. :P


    I want to mention, I have a heating problem with my GTX 480 (it recently started to go over 100c when I am gaming) and so I am looking to get lower temperature on it. I have had the card for nearly 1 year now. So I am thinking perhaps I should get a custom heatsink for it, though I haven't a clue on what would be good.

    The fans in my case are all working the same and there is an air flow. It only recently started to have a heat problem since about 2 months ago. I made a guess that maybe it needs a thermal paste reapplication but that is just a guess.
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