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December 24, 2013 5:07:49 PM

Hello everyone,
I have had a pc for a few years now and have slowly been upgrading each part to better versions. I am at a loss recently, though. I have not kept up with the latest in graphics cards, among other things. I would like some help on what I should upgrade next.

System specs:

Motherboard-
Asrock Z77 extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU-
Intel i5 3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink-
Corsair H90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU-
Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB x 2 / Crossfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM-
G.Skill Sniper 12GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive-
1TB x1
160GB x2
500GB x1
(I'm not worried about my drives unless you are suggesting solid states)

Case-
CM Storm Stryker - White Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply- Corsair CX 750M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 24, 2013 5:24:55 PM

Is my PSU not that good?
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December 24, 2013 5:26:03 PM

No it is not so good. Corsair cheap ones are not really a good ones. Sorry.
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December 24, 2013 5:41:21 PM

You psu should be fine. ssd is nice but far from a requirement. The main thing you are looking for is a new gpu.

what does your budget look like for upgrading?
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December 24, 2013 5:54:53 PM

jtenorj said:
You psu should be fine. ssd is nice but far from a requirement. The main thing you are looking for is a new gpu.

what does your budget look like for upgrading?


I will have a budget of around $300 or so, maybe a little more in the upcoming months.
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December 24, 2013 6:03:50 PM

PSU is fine: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/505 These guys tear down PSUs. The conclusion "great 750W power supply" is as strong an endorsement as you will get. Nice PSU.

CPU is great, no upgrade will help you game there. Same for the rest of the system except:

GPUs are fine, but could get better. Here is a great ref, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... Consider GTX 770 or 780. The AMD cards are too pricey -- they make great bit-coin mining cards and the nvidia cards don't so the AMD cards are more expensive than they should be right now. Also read the trade press on the frame latency issues with SLI / crossfire and the micro-stutter issues. Suggest you buy a single GPU card and replace the 6850s.

Disk: You could add a boot SSD. I don't use one on my gaming PC even though I use them in my laptops. The value of the faster boot isn't worth much to me vs. the hassle of having a smaller c drive.

EDIT: re-reading the thread I find that my append just repeated what jtenorj already said. So please replace my append with +1 Jtenorj
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December 24, 2013 6:15:38 PM

That PSU is putting out too much noice (electrical noise)
There is better ones like rosewill cappstone.
Same site says it is a outstanding psu.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-CAPSTON...

So this is just for what I think is good psu. Rosewill makes good quality and they work reliable and they are resonagle price. With quality they do have. Cossie fan boys are talking here :D 
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December 25, 2013 7:52:41 AM

tsnor said:
PSU is fine: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/505 These guys tear down PSUs. The conclusion "great 750W power supply" is as strong an endorsement as you will get. Nice PSU.

CPU is great, no upgrade will help you game there. Same for the rest of the system except:

GPUs are fine, but could get better. Here is a great ref, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... Consider GTX 770 or 780. The AMD cards are too pricey -- they make great bit-coin mining cards and the nvidia cards don't so the AMD cards are more expensive than they should be right now. Also read the trade press on the frame latency issues with SLI / crossfire and the micro-stutter issues. Suggest you buy a single GPU card and replace the 6850s.

Disk: You could add a boot SSD. I don't use one on my gaming PC even though I use them in my laptops. The value of the faster boot isn't worth much to me vs. the hassle of having a smaller c drive.

EDIT: re-reading the thread I find that my append just repeated what jtenorj already said. So please replace my append with +1 Jtenorj


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