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[US ~$1300 budget] Second PC Build - Need advice on upgrade

For reference, here is my 2 year old build:
OS:Windows 7 home premium
Case:Black coolmaster elite 430 w/window
Motherboard:Gigabyte Z68AP-D3
RAM:4x4GB corsair vengeance 1600mhz ddr3
CPU:Intel Core i5 2500k
GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
HDD:1TB STA-III 6.0gb/s 32mb cache 7200rpm
PSU:Apevia 700watt
Asetek 510LC 120mm watercooler

I'm looking to upgrade the graphics cards, CPU, and motherboard
Currently this is what i have come up with so far:

OS:Windows 7
Motherboard:MSI Z87-G45
RAM: Not sure how much i'll need, is more than 8gb too much?
CPU:Not sure, looking for something above 4Ghz, quad-core, six core, 8 core? what are the advantages disadvantages?
GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or 770
HDD: Looking for 2TB
PSU: Not sure how much power i'll need

I will mainly be using this for gaming with high/ultra graphics, Livestreaming gameplay, recording videos, and hosting private game servers from time.
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  1. Where do you live and did you mean US$1300 ?
  2. IRONBATMAN said:
    Where do you live and did you mean US$1300 ?


    I live in the US, yes.
  3. Honestly I would just OC your current computer and buy a new GPU. That CPU is still great for gaming, and there isn't going to be a big performance increase going with the new line of Haswell CPUs.

    Buy a good cooler like the Noctua D14, and get that i5 up to 4-4.2Ghz. I would recommend buying a new power supply, that Apevia is not a top tier brand, look for something in the 600-700 watt range from XFX, SeaSonic, Corsair, or Antec.

    I would go with a GTX780 for the GPU, it will max everything at 1080P and probably do so for a good while. If you ever want to do SLI, then I would recommend going with an 850 watt PSU.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.75 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($500.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $664.73
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-14 07:52 EST-0500)
  4. Transmaniacon said:
    Honestly I would just OC your current computer and buy a new GPU. That CPU is still great for gaming, and there isn't going to be a big performance increase going with the new line of Haswell CPUs.

    Buy a good cooler like the Noctua D14, and get that i5 up to 4-4.2Ghz. I would recommend buying a new power supply, that Apevia is not a top tier brand, look for something in the 600-700 watt range from XFX, SeaSonic, Corsair, or Antec.

    I would go with a GTX780 for the GPU, it will max everything at 1080P and probably do so for a good while. If you ever want to do SLI, then I would recommend going with an 850 watt PSU.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.75 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($500.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $664.73
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-14 07:52 EST-0500)


    It would be nice to save the money, although:
    I have been told that my motherboard was not the best choice for me to pick.
    I have previously tried Overclocking my cpu and had no luck, the CPU would reset back to factory settings after a reboot.
    I've also had problems recently with my computer randomly freezing at any time and making a "Farting" noise, sometimes it will unfreeze and sometimes requires a reboot. I'm not sure if this is a GPU or CPU problem.
    Having a lot of problems just makes me want to purchase a new build

    I forgot to note that i have a Asetek 510LC 120mm watercooler as well as the RAM i have: 4x4GB corsair vengeance 1600mhz ddr3
  5. Best answer
    Use your current RAM, HDD, CPU cooler (assuming its 1150 compatible), and case/etc. This would be a good system to upgrade to, and you will need a new copy of Windows since you are changing motherboards, unless you have a retail license.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($143.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($500.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1147.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-14 12:00 EST-0500)
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