Upgrading GPU, RAM maybe others, around $400-500 budget.

Greetings and thank you for your time.

Usage: Gaming - LoL, Dota2, SC2, BF3, Borderlands 2, watching movies at 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Little more information: I want to upgrade my video card and RAM (Any other thing if suggestions convince me it's needed). I would like physx, looks really nice (mostly want it for SC2). I have an old GeForce 8600GTS but was not able to do the AMD Physx hybrid setup posted around the web. I would like to add a second monitor to play with twitch and do other stuff while I play windowed.

Current System:

Display: Samsung 22-inch 1080p Led HDTV.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower.

MotherBoard: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 (rev. 1.0).

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870.

PSU: Corsair GS700 PSU.


CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio.

RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 7-9-7-24 Blackline.

Raid 1: 2x Callisto deluxe 60GB Solid State Drive - MKNSSDCL60GB-DX.

I have separate 500Gb drives for storage.

I am inclined for this video card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2Gb.

And this memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600(PC3 12800).

I was also thinking of replacing the CPU Cooler with a watercooling solution, but I'm not sure were to go on that. If someone could post something I would really appriciate it. I have read around water cooling but I don't want to do anything very custom or advanced, just practical and beneficial if...only if it would really help. The cooling only because I live in Puerto Rico and it gets really hot, even during the night.

Thank you.

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  1. Thats a good video card, if you are set on water cooling than that ram should be fine. If your not too comfortable attempting water cooling, an after market air cooler will help a lot but the gskill ripjaws have such a large heat spreader that it interferes with most CPU coolers. Look for ram with a lower profile spreader and you should be fine.

    Sorry didn't see that you already had a CPU cooler. Take a look at corsair's H series water coolers. They are all self contained from my understanding so no need to refill and worry about spilling. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=corsair+water+cooler&N=-1&isNodeId=1
  2. I've been thinking of doing something else as well.

    So, I've been looking at parts to build a new Intel/Nvidia system for the mentioned games and physx. I was thinking of selling that system without the PSU and Hard Disks.

    How much would you ask for the build above minus the PSU and HDDs?

    This is the system I'm thinking of building:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K.

    CPU Cooler: CM Seidon 120XL.

    Case: CM HAF XB.

    Mother Board: ASUS P8Z77-V.

    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB.

    GPU: GPU GTX660-DC20-2GD5.

    I'm thinking of doing SLI in the future...Thoughts?

    I was looking at this image: Intel's CPU Roadmap, makes me think of getting the Haswell CPU instead. Thoughts?


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