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January 23, 2014 1:30:20 PM

I'm sure this has been asked millions of times on this site but you guys seem to know what you are talking about so i guess I'm joining the group.

Windows 7
Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z68AP-D3 (bios version F6)
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
Hard Drive: Hitachi HDS721010DLE630 (1000.20 GB)
RAM: Corsair Vengance 12GB (3 x 4GB)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 4GB (Evga) (just installed up from GTX 560)
Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000 (i assume it comes on mobo)
audio: Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio(probably not gonna upgrade this anytime soon)
network: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
Belkin N750 Dual-Band wireless usb adapter (this is what i use when not using Ethernet)
Power: Xtreme Gear 800W (model: XG-P800)
Case: Coolermaster (not sure what model)
fans: 120mm front, 120mm (i think) for cpu, and whatever is in the power supply
CD/DVD: ATAPI iHAS124 B


I use my desktop mostly for gamming and for school work that i think my laptop/ipad can't handle(i.e. occasional work with 3D modeling and such). let me hear your opinions. If I am missing information please let me know and I will try to add it or ask how to find it.

I am thinking my next move will be cpu or mobo (maybe just bios update) or a new network card with wireless capabilities. I don't really have a budget since i can save up but $1000 is probably my max since I could almost get a new PC for that.

Also i believe I've had this pc for 3-5 years. Do you think it is a good idea to do a clean install? I haven't done one on this pc since i got it.

and last question: where can i go to find out how much power my PC needs? I just sort of assumed I had enough when i installed my new GPU.




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January 23, 2014 3:17:42 PM

You can use a power supply calculator to see how much your system will need, but I can guarantee as long as you aren't adding higher end and more graphics cards you won't be able to go over the 800W capacity. I would recommend doing a clean install, as that would be the only thing slowing your system down. I'm using an i7 2600 with a GTX 780, so you're not going to see much of a performance boost in games by upgrading your CPU.

What I can suggest, is to buy an SSD, such as the Samsung 840 Evo, and do a fresh install of your OS on to that. Then install any programs you use a lot on to the SSD, and leave the HDD for other programs, or games. That'll give you the biggest performance boost.

If you are to get a new CPU, you will need a new motherboard. Current generation CPU's from Intel use the 1150 socket, whereas your motherboard and CPU use 1155. I would suggest getting an i5 4670K, unless you're going to be doing a lot of 3D and rendering, then I would suggest the i7 4770K. You will need a new motherboard if you choose either of those CPU's, such as the ASUS Z87-A.
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