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What route should I take in upgrading my system?

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September 4, 2013 4:03:40 PM

Hey guys.

Recently I hane obtained some funds that I want to put towards my gaming rig but I have been racking my brains about which parts to upgrade.

My System specs

CPU i5 2500k 3.3GHz self clocks to 4.3GhZ (sandy bridge)
GPU gigabyte gtx 670
RAM 8gb ddr3
MOBO asus pz77-v lx
PSU corsair builders series 600W
HDD western digital 1TB
COOLING akasa heat sink with fan
MONITOR Samsung sync master sa350 24' 1080x1920 p
CASE phantom 410

Budget £600 (absolute max)

Upgrade route 1 Monitor the situation

Right now the monitor only runs at 50hz and I am experiencing some ghosting and frame tearing on higher end gaming applications which is really irritating so I was thinking of investing in a 120Hz monitor instead with 1ms response time.

My choice would be the BenQ XL2411T

http://www.amazon.co.uk/BenQ-XL2411T-Widescreen-1920x10...

Upgrade route 2 computer guts and glory

What I was intending with this option was to replace the motherboard to allow sli and pci 3.0 support with a view to future proofing my system. In addition I wanted to upgrade my cooling capability to put a 4.5GHz overclock on the i5

MOBO choice Z77 Sabertooth

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SABERTOOTH-Motherboard-Support-...

Cooler choice Noctua NH-D14

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Noctua-Heatsink-Cooling-Dual-NH...

Will also have to update ram to fit it

Upgrade route 3 Graphics Graphics Graphics !

The final route I was considering was just to screw sli all together and strap a monster to the machine.

GPU choice gtx 780

Thanks in advance for any feedback, I am open to mixing and matching upgrades and anything better you can think of.



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September 4, 2013 4:21:13 PM

Looks like you already have a decent rig.

Just be aware that if you want to upgrade to PCI Express 3.0 support, you will need a new processor also. The PCI Express support is dependent on the processor (at least on Intel chipsets, not sure about AMD), and Sandy Bridge doesn't support PCI-E 3.0.

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September 4, 2013 4:34:19 PM

Upgrade to GTX 760 sli and a new PSU/ CPU cooler
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September 4, 2013 6:16:34 PM

Ok what I think I will do is get the monitor to stop the ghosting and tearing, upgrade the mobo so i am ready for sli and pci 3.0 and upgrade the CPU so it can use it Will leave gpu for another day since a 670 will least me a little longer and is the easiest bit to change who knows might get a better deal later down the line. Same goes for psu won't buy till I need the extra juice for sli.

So now I am CPU hunting so what do you guys reckon a decent gaming CPU that fits in the 1155 socket would be?

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September 4, 2013 6:22:28 PM

euansharp said:
Ok what I think I will do is get the monitor to stop the ghosting and tearing, upgrade the mobo so i am ready for sli and pci 3.0 and upgrade the CPU so it can use it Will leave gpu for another day since a 670 will least me a little longer and is the easiest bit to change who knows might get a better deal later down the line. Same goes for psu won't buy till I need the extra juice for sli.

So now I am CPU hunting so what do you guys reckon a decent gaming CPU that fits in the 1155 socket would be?



Eh, I would go for an i5-4670k for $12 more if you want to play open world games like skyrim. Then you'd need an 1150 socket. If not go for a 3570k.
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