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What do you guys think? Viable upgrade or waste of money vs performance?

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a b V Motherboard
July 28, 2014 9:52:38 AM

Old build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v4mst6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v4mst6/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ OutletPC) (OC'd) 4.5
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($599.99 @ B&H)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $1388.88



New build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FcjFbv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FcjFbv/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($659.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $1412.33

Thinking of building a new one and trying to find reasons to do so really.

And most likely i would be reusing the PSU, Case, and possibly Ram. I guess technically i would only purchase the MOBO, CPU, and Video card and possibly ram.

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a c 114 } Memory
July 28, 2014 9:57:47 AM

Your old build is still very powerful. Why do you want to change? Better add an SSD and go for SLI of two 680s. You'll be much better off in my humble opinion.
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July 28, 2014 9:59:29 AM

since the new build is going to be well over a thousand even if you reuse the case and power supply, its not worth the upgrade. Even if you used the same ram and hard drive, you would have to change the processor, motherboard, and gpu. If you want to upgrade the performance on your current computer just upgrade the graphics card.
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a b } Memory
July 28, 2014 10:00:24 AM

You wont notice a big enough upgrade from the cpu to justify the cost of the cpu/mobo, only reason I would do it is if you had a reliable buyer lined up for it.

I would just upgrade the video card, get an ssd, and call it a day.
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July 28, 2014 10:06:36 AM

No reason to "upgrade".
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July 28, 2014 10:30:56 AM

Your vid card is still OP enough to run all games at max plus. Please correct me if I am wrong. The biggest issue you have is lack of solid state drive - on either build. Makes no sense looking at everything else you have. You could just OC the existing cpu to 3.5 and it will perform as well as the one you're looking at. My i7 860 OC'd at 3.5 gets the same scores as those newer cpus. I've had it for about 5 years. Your RAM could be improved to the 2000 or higher speed and you could run it at speed if you OC your FSB and reduce the cpu multiplier to keep the CPU speed down to about 3.5. Anyhow, the new vid card and CPU, I feel, would be wasting your money. SSD is your prime concern. Faster RAM would be a 2nd thing to upgrade.
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a b V Motherboard
July 28, 2014 10:45:33 AM

I'd agree..no point ''wasting'' a decent chunk of gain for marginal upgrades. Get an SSD and perhaps upgrade the video card/sli the current one. At this point just hold out for broadwell/skylake.

some of your upgrades really make no sense. Why would you buy a new 1TB HDD your WD is perfectly fine. The RAM isn't going to provide that much of a difference..plus you can probably OC the patriot memory anyway.
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a b V Motherboard
July 28, 2014 10:56:29 AM

Well eyes opened lol... Got that itch!

Ya was probably just going to replace GPU, CPU and MOBO. Rest there just for spec reasons. Just had that feeling to build a new machine!

Guess i will have to wait! at least for the next gen stuff to come out.
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a c 114 } Memory
July 29, 2014 12:12:03 AM

nVIDIA's much anticipated Maxwell series GPUs (860, 870, 880) are expected in October-14. Just got pinged from Kitguru on that.
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July 29, 2014 12:22:22 AM

If you have the itch you could build a mini ITX form factor HTPC, lan rig, and/or NAS build
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