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Upgrading Components Sabertooth x58 system (almost everything)

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  • Sabertooth
  • RAM
  • x58
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  • Graphics Cards
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December 17, 2013 12:22:24 AM

So, I'm not into overclocking. Though I appreciate it I'm really all about durability. (if i could build a surge proof computer I would) I need reliability and enough power to paint digitally. I never seem to have enough power to keep up with the pace I need to work at. I don't need multiple monitors, just enough power to keep up with a pencil on paper. That being said I need speed and reliability.

I know its about upgrade time anyway, but I don't have much of a budget. I've been running this Sabertooth x58 Mobo (and it's pretty solid 3 years later) I hope to get more life out of the i7 960. I'm wearing out my ram and cooked my old GPU (currently sitting with 4 sticks (because 2 burned out) 2g Corsair Dominator ddr3 1600 8-8-8, & an XFX HD5450 (that just isn't enough) and desperately a need better graphics solution. I'm an artist an need my computer for illustration and animation as well as the odd game of Starcraft or such. so i need something with great floating point support. I thought 7770 graphics cards looked pretty good, but figured wisdom favored asking the community for any ideas.

THE MULE (cuz' its a stubborn beast) current build:

Board: MOBO Sabertooth x58

Chip: Intel i7 960

Ram: DDR3 Corsair Dominator 1600 8-8-8 2g x4 (2 dimms open) thinking of upgrading to 4g sticks.

Graphics: XFX (sad little) 5450 graphics card

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb HD 7200

Power supply: 850 W (Thermaltake Tr2rx-850ah3ch)

Case: Thermaltake Tsunami Dream (modified)


Thanks!

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December 17, 2013 12:26:48 AM

Hey. I have to tell you that i HIGHLY suggest you upgrade next year. Here is why:
http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-core-i7-ivy-bridge-e-...

Many X58 users will upgrade next year due to that. I suggest you wait as well. You can upgrade your graphics card tho.
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December 17, 2013 12:58:34 AM

H4X3R said:
Hey. I have to tell you that i HIGHLY suggest you upgrade next year. Here is why:
http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-core-i7-ivy-bridge-e-...

Many X58 users will upgrade next year due to that. I suggest you wait as well. You can upgrade your graphics card tho.


I can appreciate that, but the board can take up to 6 cores. I'll keep the i7 960 for now anyway, I don't see the cost being worth that particular upgrade.
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a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2013 1:20:13 AM

Ok. I didnt read the rest. I suggest you get another 4Gb of ram at least and the r9 270 is a great choice for under $200.
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