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August 8, 2013 6:36:51 PM

Hey TH Community,

In early 2012, I assembled a computer with the following components:

  • i5-2500k
  • AsRock Extreme3 Gen3
  • CM Hyper 212+
  • GSkill 8GB RAM
  • Seagate 500GB HD 7200RPM
  • HAF 912
  • Antec Gamer Series 750W 80+ Bronze


  • My parents decided they would rather have a smaller computer / laptop and are willing to give me the one above. I have been researching new builds ( < $1100) and am wondering if I could save myself the cash on a brand new computer and use the above.

    I will be using this with the GTX770 or possibly the HD9000s (if they release by October/November) for gaming and streaming / gameplay recording.

    I plan to upgrade the case to an NZXT 410 Phantom, Fractal R4, or Corsair C70. What else should I upgrade if I want to be able to use that card to its best capability?

    Does the motherboard require an upgrade? The power supply?

    All help is appreciated.
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    August 8, 2013 7:46:00 PM

    Cybernetic said:
    Hey TH Community,

    In early 2012, I assembled a computer with the following components:

    • i5-2500k
    • AsRock Extreme3 Gen3
    • CM Hyper 212+
    • GSkill 8GB RAM
    • Seagate 500GB HD 7200RPM
    • HAF 912
    • Antec Gamer Series 750W 80+ Bronze


  • My parents decided they would rather have a smaller computer / laptop and are willing to give me the one above. I have been researching new builds ( < $1100) and am wondering if I could save myself the cash on a brand new computer and use the above.

    I will be using this with the GTX770 or possibly the HD9000s (if they release by October/November) for gaming and streaming / gameplay recording.

    I plan to upgrade the case to an NZXT 410 Phantom, Fractal R4, or Corsair C70. What else should I upgrade if I want to be able to use that card to its best capability?

    Does the motherboard require an upgrade? The power supply?

    All help is appreciated.


  • Thats still a good build. Id get a H100i to get a good overclock and add an SSD. Along with the new GPU, you'll be laughing!
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    August 8, 2013 10:20:16 PM

    I'm a little cautious of water cooling because I have no experience with it. Water coolers are also kind of expensive since I'm not going to go for crazy overclocks. Will it reach 4.1-4.5 with an Evo/Plus?

    I like the SSD idea. Maybe I can squeeze in a decent boot and app SSD.

    So as I understand it, I should just be able to use the new GPU no problem?
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    August 9, 2013 5:08:40 AM

    Cybernetic said:
    I'm a little cautious of water cooling because I have no experience with it. Water coolers are also kind of expensive since I'm not going to go for crazy overclocks. Will it reach 4.1-4.5 with an Evo/Plus?

    I like the SSD idea. Maybe I can squeeze in a decent boot and app SSD.

    So as I understand it, I should just be able to use the new GPU no problem?


    The 2500k is known as a great overclocker. I've never had one, but I think 4.1- 4.5 should be not too much of a problem, even with the 212.
    Yup, the GPU wont be an issue.
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