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June 27, 2013 10:55:11 AM

So my system's mobo seems to have taken a dive, along with the SSD I was running.

I'm looking to do the following, and would like recommendations on the current best offered, best bang for the buck, and where I can find some good reviews that are impartial to the tech.

Here is what I've got on hand:
1 x CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2
1 x Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133
1 x COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD AM3
1 x Refurbished: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE180G 2.5" 180GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
1 x ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
1 x Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx soundcard

So, basically I'd like to get a new enclosure (the one I have is garbage) that is SSD drive mount friendly and has A LOT of solid air movement - a new motherboard - and either upgrade to water cooling or keep what I've got.

The motherboard I'm looking at, at the moment, is the ASUS Sabertooth Z87 - is this overkill for what I've got?

By no means am I an expert here, I know how to put a computer together from scratch and troubleshoot problems - but when it comes to matching the correct tech I'm kind of a dumby.

Any advice on building a good gaming unit with my existing hardware, while staying under $1,000 is appreciated.

If the power source needs an upgrade, or a better processor would be advised, graphics card, etc. etc. please include what you would do with a budget of $800-$1000.

Keep in mind I need a new SSD, motherboard, and computer enclosure. I shop at NewEgg.com since they are right down the street from me.

Thanks for any and all input! Feel free to ask more questions if you are confused at some point?
June 27, 2013 12:12:45 PM

sourodip said:
I think u have the monitor,so i am not adding it, follow this link:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aTzr

pls notify if u want some changes :) 


A few things to note, and I should have included this information to begin with:
I already have a DVD/CD drive
I already have a CPU cooler

I listed the wrong video card, I'm running a Gforce GTX 560 Ti - I don't know if that makes a difference to your recommendation or not.

Currently this is what I'm looking at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the items listed above in mind - could you please give an explanation of why you recommended the items you did? Whether you think what I'm listing is overkill or not, and is my graphics card too out dated - or will it sustain itself for the next 6 months or so until I can upgrade to a new one?

Thanks again for your time, it is appreciated.
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June 27, 2013 12:33:56 PM

Maybe your rig isn't dead but a combination of hardware incompatibiliies?

Have you tried to trouble-shoot the rig before decidng to rebuild?
Perhaps you could start a new thread with the original parts and see what issues can be solved?
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June 27, 2013 12:37:39 PM

TenPc said:
Maybe your rig isn't dead but a combination of hardware incompatibiliies?

Have you tried to trouble-shoot the rig before decidng to rebuild?
Perhaps you could start a new thread with the original parts and see what issues can be solved?


The rig was running for some time and had a motherboard failure, it seems to have also burned out the small SSD that was in it as well. I'm positive that it is broken.

All I'm really looking for now is a good motherboard and a better case to replace the old case (it has a lot of flaws with air flow that I don't like - I am actually gong to get the Corsair you linked with a water cooler for the CPU).

Unfortunately I'm not up to date on the latest and greatest - would you say the price difference between the MOBO I listed and the one you listed is justifiable - or should I just go with the MSI Z77?

Also - again - I'm wondering why you recommended the upgraded video card? Right now I'm sitting at just about able to get the video card if you can convince me it will be necessary in the next 6 months. Otherwise it's just really down to a question of which motherboard is better - the one I've listed or the one you've recommended?

Thanks. :) 

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June 27, 2013 1:13:05 PM

dirtyblacksocks said:
sourodip said:
I think u have the monitor,so i am not adding it, follow this link:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aTzr

pls notify if u want some changes :) 


A few things to note, and I should have included this information to begin with:
I already have a DVD/CD drive
I already have a CPU cooler

I listed the wrong video card, I'm running a Gforce GTX 560 Ti - I don't know if that makes a difference to your recommendation or not.

Currently this is what I'm looking at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the items listed above in mind - could you please give an explanation of why you recommended the items you did? Whether you think what I'm listing is overkill or not, and is my graphics card too out dated - or will it sustain itself for the next 6 months or so until I can upgrade to a new one?

Thanks again for your time, it is appreciated.



well the mobo u listed would be a little overkill and it is a LGA1150 socket mobo. U have a LGA1155 socket cpu and that won't work with the z87 mobo u listed. The SSD is also a overkill, a 160-240 GB would be enough and the case also. save the money and do a new build.
If u want to change the motherboard,ssd and case for now, go with the ones i listed.
your gpu is not too outdated, it can still handle modern games on med-high settings with playable fps.
let me know your thoughts. gonna get some sleep, talk to u tomorrow :) 
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June 27, 2013 1:26:02 PM

sourodip said:
dirtyblacksocks said:
sourodip said:
I think u have the monitor,so i am not adding it, follow this link:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aTzr

pls notify if u want some changes :) 


A few things to note, and I should have included this information to begin with:
I already have a DVD/CD drive
I already have a CPU cooler

I listed the wrong video card, I'm running a Gforce GTX 560 Ti - I don't know if that makes a difference to your recommendation or not.

Currently this is what I'm looking at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the items listed above in mind - could you please give an explanation of why you recommended the items you did? Whether you think what I'm listing is overkill or not, and is my graphics card too out dated - or will it sustain itself for the next 6 months or so until I can upgrade to a new one?

Thanks again for your time, it is appreciated.



well the mobo u listed would be a little overkill and it is a LGA1150 socket mobo. U have a LGA1155 socket cpu and that won't work with the z87 mobo u listed. The SSD is also a overkill, a 160-240 GB would be enough and the case also. save the money and do a new build.
If u want to change the motherboard,ssd and case for now, go with the ones i listed.
your gpu is not too outdated, it can still handle modern games on med-high settings with playable fps.
let me know your thoughts. gonna get some sleep, talk to u tomorrow :) 


That's all the information I needed, thank you very much for your help. If you have a good software program that will do a true copy of the SSD to a regular HD - so if the SSD fails I can just buy a new one that is identical and restore the entire image to it, getting it to work as if it were the old SSD I'd appreciate that suggestion as well. I like to run my OS and games off the SSD - but it's becoming apparent that I need some sort of backup if I'm going to be going that route.
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