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Replacing some blown out/old parts. Looking for advices

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February 23, 2014 11:24:09 PM

Hey guys, my desktop started making weird whistling noises and the OS kept restarting at the windows page. Issues seemed to be a crapped out power supply and blown out capacitors on the motherboard. Because of this, I will need to replace some old hardware. This was my build from 2009. The computer will be used for gaming and for film editing. Overclocking is not necessary at this point.

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 2.66Ghz Quad-Core Processor Could not find replacement for this CPU
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCMG-2100 74.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus P6X58-E WS ATX LGA1366 Motherboard DAMAGED
Memory: G.Skill 3GB (3 x 1GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Memory: G.Skill 3GB (3 x 1GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 4870 1GB Video Card
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply DAMAGED
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer


Here are the two options I'm going for with two different CPUs and Mobos.
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

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CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

Also, I know my GPU is outdated now but is it still compatible with those two options? I'm not able to replace it at this time due to budget constraints. Thanks for the help!
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February 24, 2014 1:41:01 AM

For gaming I would definitely go with the 4670k. I'm not as familiar with the Xeon but have nothing bad to say. Your gpu should work fine as pci-e 3.0 slots are backwards compatible with 2.0 gpus.
I researched the xeon and these are different cpus that net similar performance levels. With the xeon you get hyperthreading ability which for gaming is "meh" getting better but not really all that helpful for the most part (yet). With the i5 you get the oc ability which can put the stock numbers over the top of the xeon. However, when it comes to oc'ing there are no guarantees. So, since you said you won't be oc'ing I can see why the xeon would be your better bet. If you want the ability to oc you then know what to do. Hope I'm not confusing you but that you actually find this useful. I'm sure you've researched much of this on your own to choose such components but I would lean towards the i5 4670k as you can get the most out of your system when you oc and keep longevity if you do it right. You learn more about that specific chip and your system and get the most reward. If oc'ing just isn't for you then the xeon is your winner and you won't be missing much. Have fun!

As I was updating this I agree with the poster below. If you can save elsewhere and upgrade your gpu, you will see the best immediate gains there. However, you may be planning on that already and want to get your base of your system ready for a good gpu down the line when that's your final expense?
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February 24, 2014 1:45:29 AM

For Gaming get i5 4670k and instead of getting new RAM get a new GPU to play latest games (if you want to play). good luck
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February 24, 2014 9:29:10 PM

What is a decent graphic card around $150 - $220 that will be a huge upgrade from my current?
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February 25, 2014 12:42:59 AM

A mod may ask you to post a new thread on this but to be nice:
I say either the gtx 660: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+G...
or the HD 7870: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=Radeon+HD...
You will be in heaven compared to your old card with either of these!
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