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July 4, 2013 11:43:59 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within the next 3 weeks

Budget Range: max 1,000k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Play league of legends, music, internet and school work.

Are you buying a monitor: No. Currently using 2 dells E248WFP 24"



Parts to Upgrade: I think maybe everything. Looking for thoughts

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't care.

Location: Stamford CT

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: No / Maybe. More likely than not I will not be overclocking.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. If you think i should with my setup + the 2 monitors. Tend to woatch shows while playing my games.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My computer seems like it is on its way out.



Current System:
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

MOBO: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card: VisionTek 900241 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

PSU: PC Power and Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor BX80562Q6600

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Drive: LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech Black SATA Model GH20NS15

CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler I5 775 AMD compatible

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July 4, 2013 11:49:10 AM

I would get the Asrock Extreme4 Z87 motherboard for an upgrade to Haswell, as well as a 4670k. Then, get the Seasonic M12II 620W PSU to replace yours, as I don't trust the company that makes your PSU. That leaves about $500 for other upgrades. I'd get the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz for $350, and then get 8GB of Corsair Vengeance LP RAM @ 1600MHz for $70. Also, get a better HDD (like the WD Caviar Blue), and a 64GB SSD as a boot drive to reinstall Windows for super-fast boot times. Also, the Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. That equals out to about $1000. :) 
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July 4, 2013 11:59:29 AM

dannyboy2233 said:
I would get the Asrock Extreme4 Z87 motherboard for an upgrade to Haswell, as well as a 4670k. Then, get the Seasonic M12II 620W PSU to replace yours, as I don't trust the company that makes your PSU. That leaves about $500 for other upgrades. I'd get the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz for $350, and then get 8GB of Corsair Vengeance LP RAM @ 1600MHz for $70. Also, get a better HDD (like the WD Caviar Blue), and a 64GB SSD as a boot drive to reinstall Windows for super-fast boot times. Also, the Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. That equals out to about $1000. :) 


PC Power and Cooling makes excellent, but overpriced PSUs. (Think EVGA, but better)
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July 4, 2013 12:03:00 PM

Thanatos Telos said:
dannyboy2233 said:
I would get the Asrock Extreme4 Z87 motherboard for an upgrade to Haswell, as well as a 4670k. Then, get the Seasonic M12II 620W PSU to replace yours, as I don't trust the company that makes your PSU. That leaves about $500 for other upgrades. I'd get the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz for $350, and then get 8GB of Corsair Vengeance LP RAM @ 1600MHz for $70. Also, get a better HDD (like the WD Caviar Blue), and a 64GB SSD as a boot drive to reinstall Windows for super-fast boot times. Also, the Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. That equals out to about $1000. :) 


PC Power and Cooling makes excellent, but overpriced PSUs. (Think EVGA, but better)


Hm... Good to know! Do you have some sort of spec sheet/set of reliable reviews that I could take a look at? I've never heard the name, and I'd love to learn more. :) 
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July 4, 2013 12:29:32 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
Thanatos Telos said:
dannyboy2233 said:
I would get the Asrock Extreme4 Z87 motherboard for an upgrade to Haswell, as well as a 4670k. Then, get the Seasonic M12II 620W PSU to replace yours, as I don't trust the company that makes your PSU. That leaves about $500 for other upgrades. I'd get the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz for $350, and then get 8GB of Corsair Vengeance LP RAM @ 1600MHz for $70. Also, get a better HDD (like the WD Caviar Blue), and a 64GB SSD as a boot drive to reinstall Windows for super-fast boot times. Also, the Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. That equals out to about $1000. :) 


PC Power and Cooling makes excellent, but overpriced PSUs. (Think EVGA, but better)


Hm... Good to know! Do you have some sort of spec sheet/set of reliable reviews that I could take a look at? I've never heard the name, and I'd love to learn more. :) 

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Ask and you shall receive.
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July 4, 2013 12:31:18 PM

Thanatos Telos said:
dannyboy2233 said:
Thanatos Telos said:
dannyboy2233 said:
I would get the Asrock Extreme4 Z87 motherboard for an upgrade to Haswell, as well as a 4670k. Then, get the Seasonic M12II 620W PSU to replace yours, as I don't trust the company that makes your PSU. That leaves about $500 for other upgrades. I'd get the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz for $350, and then get 8GB of Corsair Vengeance LP RAM @ 1600MHz for $70. Also, get a better HDD (like the WD Caviar Blue), and a 64GB SSD as a boot drive to reinstall Windows for super-fast boot times. Also, the Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. That equals out to about $1000. :) 


PC Power and Cooling makes excellent, but overpriced PSUs. (Think EVGA, but better)


Hm... Good to know! Do you have some sort of spec sheet/set of reliable reviews that I could take a look at? I've never heard the name, and I'd love to learn more. :) 

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Ask and you shall receive.


Thanks man!
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July 5, 2013 9:16:58 AM

Thanks so much for you help. Just a couple of questions.

Do you think it would be worthwhile to get 16gb instead of 8? or would that be overkill?

When i was reading about the mobo, people were saying that it was a pain for a case with fans in the front. Thoughts?

Thanks again.
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July 5, 2013 10:01:30 AM

farva91 said:
Thanks so much for you help. Just a couple of questions.

Do you think it would be worthwhile to get 16gb instead of 8? or would that be overkill?

When i was reading about the mobo, people were saying that it was a pain for a case with fans in the front. Thoughts?

Thanks again.


I see no reason for that argument...? I've only heard good things about the Rock, and there are tons of people who own it without a problem. I don't see any reason whatsoever why it would be a hindrance to front fans...
And as to the RAM; since you are only gaming, eight will be fine. Just remember to get low-profile RAM like the Corsair Vengeance LP, so that you can make sure that coolers fit.
Thanks for the B.A.! :) 
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July 6, 2013 8:59:41 AM

final check before purchase:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/farva91/saved/1Ugu

CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $234.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.98
Motherboard Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 $198.98
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $76.99
Storage OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" SSD $139.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.99
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB $439.99
Power Supply SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V $88.98
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98

total ~ 1360
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July 6, 2013 11:07:27 AM

Get an 840 Pro instead of an OCZ and a GTX 770 instead. Also, I'd recommend lower profile RAM @1600 MHz to save some cash.
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July 6, 2013 11:23:23 AM

Thanatos Telos said:
Get an 840 Pro instead of an OCZ and a GTX 770 instead. Also, I'd recommend lower profile RAM @1600 MHz to save some cash.


+1, +1, and +1 :) 
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July 7, 2013 10:32:54 AM

whatever suggested memory or changes are welcomed
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July 7, 2013 11:17:16 AM

farva91 said:
okay swapped out the storage for Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD $124.99

grabbed the 770. Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB $399.99

and is this what you are thinking about for memory? Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
or Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 b/c with the combo deal it works out being the same price

or something else.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/farva91/saved/1Ugu

I really appreciate the help guys. thank you


The memory that you need is specifically called "Corsair Vengeance LP" RAM. The design should look low-profile, without any of those pesky spikes sticking out of the heatsink.
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