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

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January 14, 2014 4:34:37 AM

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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January 14, 2014 4:41:40 AM

Where do you live and did you mean US$1300 ?
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January 14, 2014 4:48:19 AM

IRONBATMAN said:
Where do you live and did you mean US$1300 ?


I live in the US, yes.
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January 14, 2014 4:53:30 AM

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)
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January 14, 2014 5:46:04 AM

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

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January 14, 2014 9:01:42 AM

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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