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September 24, 2013 7:03:11 AM

I was wondering what type of mobo I should upgrade my system to? As well as a new cpu. I wanna make this machine really beast for gaming but not sure which mobo would be best for that as well as not exceed my current budget of $150. Also, I was looking into getting an Intel Core i5-3570k since I heard they were great for gaming and I need to get rid of my old cpu.

(Just trying to update my system and make it slightly more "future proof"!)


Current old System:


Diablotek Abyss White Mid Tower Case;
GeForce Gtx 660;
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz;
NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI mobo;
CoolerMaster Seidon 120M cpu water cooler;

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September 24, 2013 10:32:16 AM

What power supply are you running with this?

Also, do you plan to overclock?
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September 24, 2013 3:29:09 PM

Deemo13 said:
What power supply are you running with this?

Also, do you plan to overclock?


This is my current PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's an Apevia 700 PSU.

What would a scenario be in which I would utilize overclocking? I overclocked the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 to a speed of 3.8 GHz and it would get extremely hot just by idling. When playing a game sometimes it would get too hot and my system would beep and send out a blue screen and restart itself. So I actually have it underclocked and adjusted (in the BIOS) to where it changes the clock speed dynamically according to what the system needs. Haven't had any problems playing BF3 with it at 2.2 GHz per core. Not sure if I should be overclocking anything! ha
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September 24, 2013 8:52:58 PM

Not a big fan of Apevia. You can overclock if you want.

The i5-3570K would last you quite awhile.
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September 26, 2013 7:41:11 AM

Deemo13 said:
Not a big fan of Apevia. You can overclock if you want.

The i5-3570K would last you quite awhile.


So this is my new set up, any suggestions/changes need to be made to this for gaming with Battlefield 4?

PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gaming Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DDR3 RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Water Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 26, 2013 9:34:48 AM

I have a friend that has that very same motherboard, and its great.

I would recommend stepping down to 8GB of RAM to save some money. You can always get more if you need it.

I'd also go with the Radeon HD7950 instead, as its faster for the price.
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September 26, 2013 11:11:29 AM

Deemo13 said:
I have a friend that has that very same motherboard, and its great.

I would recommend stepping down to 8GB of RAM to save some money. You can always get more if you need it.

I'd also go with the Radeon HD7950 instead, as its faster for the price.


I already have a GTX 660 in my old one. Just gonna be swapping out the mobo for a newer one. The reason I will be purchasing 16 GB of ram is because it's going to be used mainly for gaming but I will be running multiple instances of windows in virtualization as well. So I'm only getting a new mobo, ram, and a better CPU. Is the Intel core i5 3570k very good for gaming?
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September 26, 2013 11:28:36 AM

Oh, right, forgot that. You cant get much better than the 3570K for gaming. It overclocks well and it very very good.

Just know you are going to have to reinstall Windows most likely if you swap motherboards.
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September 26, 2013 11:38:10 AM

Assuming you'll be reusing your other parts:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($90.15 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $605.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 14:37 EDT-0400)
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