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July 17, 2013 3:36:35 PM

Have a desktop I built and it's time for an upgrade, i'm trying to find out what the single best upgrade I could buy is. Here's my setup:

MOBO: GIGABYTE Z68 UD3H-B3
PSU: ZEPHYR MX 750W
GPU: NVIDIA EVGA GTX 680
CPU: INTEL I5-2500K

STORAGE: 88GB INTEL SSD+1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK HDD

I appreciate any opinions, my goal is gaming, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, League of Legends, that type of thing. I use dual 23' LED monitors and like to watch something on one and play on the other, it seems to give my computer a run when I have everything going, cpu usage an ram aren't even close to maxed out, i'm curious as to what might be bottlenecking me.

I do NOT have a preference to retailers online OR in store. My budget is around 1000$ additional to the computers current setup. I plan on buying ASAP.

I do overclock using the Precision X utility on the graphics card, thinking that going with a new processor/mobo and going SLI on the 680 might be my goal.

thanks for your help!

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July 18, 2013 4:54:02 AM
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July 18, 2013 6:15:23 AM

I think I'm missing something. Why do you need new build?
This one seems pretty capable for the task.

You may overclock CPU (or if do better over clock with better cooler (like 14cm Noctua one or by a pump) if it's already over clocked) and you may add another 680 in SLI but I don't see why do you need new build.
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July 18, 2013 6:24:25 AM

Maybe to be more futureproof but yea his sytem already is pretty good.
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July 18, 2013 10:07:34 AM

Well, I notice that sometimes my frames aren't consistent, such as big fights in diablo 3 or Starcraft, running max armies at full settings will put me into 30-40 frames range and I like to max out. Future proofing definitely a thought, I was considering upgrading processor and mobo and getting sli 680s.

Admittedly I'm also noob at over clocking CPUs and not sure on thresholds and voltage adjustments so I haven't messed with it.
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July 19, 2013 4:29:58 AM

Etamu said:
Well, I notice that sometimes my frames aren't consistent, such as big fights in diablo 3 or Starcraft, running max armies at full settings will put me into 30-40 frames range and I like to max out. Future proofing definitely a thought, I was considering upgrading processor and mobo and getting sli 680s.

Admittedly I'm also noob at over clocking CPUs and not sure on thresholds and voltage adjustments so I haven't messed with it.


I believe it doesn't make much sense to upgrade Sandy Bridge now. Unless you have specific need like AVX2 for example.

Here I've found a video with Sandy Bridge overclock to 5GHz on almost the same board — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSDtMzf_EaE there many different guides in google. I believe overclocking will do what you want. And paired with a second 680 in SLI will set you good for few more years.

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July 19, 2013 8:52:49 AM

iskra said:
Etamu said:
Well, I notice that sometimes my frames aren't consistent, such as big fights in diablo 3 or Starcraft, running max armies at full settings will put me into 30-40 frames range and I like to max out. Future proofing definitely a thought, I was considering upgrading processor and mobo and getting sli 680s.

Admittedly I'm also noob at over clocking CPUs and not sure on thresholds and voltage adjustments so I haven't messed with it.


I believe it doesn't make much sense to upgrade Sandy Bridge now. Unless you have specific need like AVX2 for example.

Here I've found a video with Sandy Bridge overclock to 5GHz on almost the same board — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSDtMzf_EaE there many different guides in google. I believe overclocking will do what you want. And paired with a second 680 in SLI will set you good for few more years.



I suppose that I was considering the new processor because in order to go SLI I would need to get a new mobo.
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July 19, 2013 9:11:35 AM

Looking at your MB page at manufacturer's site it's SLI ready. PCIex8 is enough
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