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April 13, 2014 6:33:51 PM

Looking for some help on figuring out if I can just upgrade my graphics card and psu, or build a new system. I want a system that will have no problem playing new games at 1080p. If it's a new build I have around $1000 to spend and I don't need os, monitor.

Current system:
i7-950
Asus Sabertooth X58
6 gb G-skill 1600
1 tb seagate barracuda
500w antec psu

System I was looking at building:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3riBW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3riBW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3riBW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.63 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $889.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 21:15 EDT-0400)

Thanx in advance for any help that you might be able to give.
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April 13, 2014 6:53:21 PM

I'd personally say new build but your proposed build needs some major improvements before I'd say it's a go. For starters you have older triple channel RAM meant for a dual channel system. Also that EVGA power supply is an extremely weak HEC unit that I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. This is what you should get for $900:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($222.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $961.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 21:52 EDT-0400)

Mine's a bit more but it will be a much wiser use of that budget especially for gaming.
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April 13, 2014 7:13:51 PM

Don't bother with a new system.

Get a GTX 770 or 280x (assuming your PSU can handle those), and you should be able to play most games maxed at 1080.
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April 13, 2014 7:22:46 PM

mrmez said:
Don't bother with a new system.

Get a GTX 770 or 280x (assuming your PSU can handle those), and you should be able to play most games maxed at 1080.


Agreed. His system might be old, but it is still powerful.
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April 14, 2014 10:09:43 AM

My build http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Apoctolistic/saved/2ked its around $1000. only problem is the case...... the anger from looking at my almost beautiful contraption is the small case that laughs at me. you can use some of your current parts to replace some of my parts on the list in order to get a bigger case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... being the best choice of all, lasting you up to 10 years of upgrading with plenty of room.
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