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Upgrading mobo, CPU & PSU from an old stock-upgrade - Need quick advice, PC show tomorrow!

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June 6, 2013 8:56:35 AM

Hello! Thanks for taking a look at this thread.

About a year ago, I decided to tear apart my Dell Inspiron 580MT and build a PC for the first time.

What I have now is this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 2.66Ghz Quad-Core Processor
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.78 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $314.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 11:32 EDT-0400)

The CPU and motherboard is what's left from the components I originally pulled from the Dell. The motherboard is a Dell 033FF6 - something I find difficult to find any information on.

I'm upgrading now because the computer is starting to run really slowly. It's taking 4-5 minutes to boot up, occasionally well over 10 minutes to shut down and sometimes just lags really hard on simple things like opening recycle bin (with almost nothing in it) and opening a few Windows Explorer windows.

I do defrags (using Defraggler) and virus scans (using Avira) pretty often, and do CCleaner cleans pretty regularly and there is still 200GB free in the 1TB hard drive.

I mainly intend to buy the motherboard, a new processor to go along with it for compatibility issues and a PSU - only because it broke just now while trying to clean the dust from the computer. Which is kind of a bummer.

I'm also looking into an SSD to install the OS on - though I may just pick up the SanDisk Extreme SSD that's on deal atm on Amazon. This purchase depends on the remaining budget though.

I live in Singapore. Stuff here is kind of expensive thanks to mark-up and shipping costs (the conversion rate is USD1 to SGD1.25).

The computer is being used for largely gaming - I don't need to run Crysis 3 on Ultra at 1920x1080. I do want the computer to be able to run DOTA 2, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite on highest settings but I think the GPU has that covered. Otherwise, I use it for Photoshop - roughly averaging 40 layers or so. There's also Maya animating and rendering and constantly running 10 or so Chrome tabs in the background at all times.

The resolution I'm running at is 1920x1080. I have a single monitor (Dell ST2310) but intend to move into a dual monitor setup in the near future.

With regards to overclocking, honestly I'm not really sure if I need to. I'd be willing to though.

Parts I've been looking at - not restricted to, just to note - are the (all hyperlinked):

CPU:
Intel i4670k
AMD FX-8350

Motherboard:
ASUS Z87-PRO which I think might be overkill, but I don't really understand Motherboard specs to be perfectly honest.

PSU:
SeaSonic SSR650RM which (I think) is a downgrade from my previous SeaSonic 750W PSU. My current build didn't hit anywhere near 750W, though I'm genuinely uncertain about the power needs of the computer if I upgrade the CPU and mobo.

Bottomline/tl;dr is I'd love to have recommendations for a possible CPU+mobo combination that is compatible with the parts listed above, will be able to run pretty run-of-the-mill Photoshop and Maya strain, games on at least High settings and isn't overkill - primarily for budget, which is not limited but I'd like to refrain from spending a ton of cash on tech I don't necessarily need. And then a PSU that can pay the power price within a safe margin.

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I appreciate any and all replies! Thank you very much for your time.
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June 6, 2013 9:04:20 AM

you can try the SSD now, if you still dont see any performance increase then id say upgrade the CPU and mobo. and the CPU is good too. for the mobo you can go with Asrock Z87 Extreme 4.
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June 6, 2013 9:22:37 AM

thasan1 said:
you can try the SSD now, if you still dont see any performance increase then id say upgrade the CPU and mobo. and the CPU is good too. for the mobo you can go with Asrock Z87 Extreme 4.


This is an option I've considered, definitely still considering it and I might very well opt for if there aren't any great deals at the show. The SSD is really attractive!

Do you mean the CPU I have now or one of the CPUs listed? I'm actually kind of ok with the CPU I have but a local shop owner warned me that it's a very old model and newer motherboards definitely wouldn't work with it.
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June 6, 2013 10:21:37 AM

Eudimis said:
thasan1 said:
you can try the SSD now, if you still dont see any performance increase then id say upgrade the CPU and mobo. and the CPU is good too. for the mobo you can go with Asrock Z87 Extreme 4.


This is an option I've considered, definitely still considering it and I might very well opt for if there aren't any great deals at the show. The SSD is really attractive!

Do you mean the CPU I have now or one of the CPUs listed? I'm actually kind of ok with the CPU I have but a local shop owner warned me that it's a very old model and newer motherboards definitely wouldn't work with it.


i meant the new CPU. your current one is good but its performs less than ivyB i3. so if it isnt much trouble then you can switch to haswell i5 for better performance in games.
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