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Build to replacing existing system with i7 2600K 3.4 GHz

I'm trying to determine whether my existing system still have life left in it, particularly from gaming perspective. If anything I'd keep SSDs/HDDs and a GPU but CPU/board/RAM and maybe PSU could be replaced. If any performance increase would be minimal then it would make sense to stick to what I have.

Would source new parts at MemoryExpress store in Canada.

Any point to build something modern with NVMe?

Appreciate your thoughts / suggestions.

Existing system:
i7 2600K 3.4 GHz
Asus Maximus IV Extreme Rev 3.0
G.SKILL RipjawsX 16 GB 1866 MHz
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X
ASUS PB278Q 2560 x 1440
SanDisk Extreme Pro 480 GB
SanDisk Plus 480 GB
WD 2 TB SATA 7200 rpm
HGST 4 TB SATA 5400 rpm
Corsair AX 1200W Gold
Antec Twelve Hundred Gamer
Win 7 64 bit Ultimate
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  1. For gaming your still fine what I would do is overclock the processor to the 4.6/4.8 area and keep using it should last you anouther year or 2. No cooler was listed so you might need to buy a good one.
    Those sandbridge processor overclock like a champ.
    DX 12 is not a concern to me that is a MS thing and not being used in all new game development.
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    lisior said:
    I'm trying to determine whether my existing system still have life left in it, particularly from gaming perspective. If anything I'd keep SSDs/HDDs and a GPU but CPU/board/RAM and maybe PSU could be replaced. If any performance increase would be minimal then it would make sense to stick to what I have.

    Would source new parts at MemoryExpress store in Canada.

    Any point to build something modern with NVMe?

    Appreciate your thoughts / suggestions.

    Existing system:
    i7 2600K 3.4 GHz
    Asus Maximus IV Extreme Rev 3.0
    G.SKILL RipjawsX 16 GB 1866 MHz
    MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X
    ASUS PB278Q 2560 x 1440
    SanDisk Extreme Pro 480 GB
    SanDisk Plus 480 GB
    WD 2 TB SATA 7200 rpm
    HGST 4 TB SATA 5400 rpm
    Corsair AX 1200W Gold
    Antec Twelve Hundred Gamer
    Win 7 64 bit Ultimate


    Honestly, your existing system looks pretty solid. I'd possibly look at overclocking the 2600k a bit to get the most out of it- push it up to 4ghz+ and it should keep up with the latest kit without much issue imo. I'd also possibly think about Windows 10 as that's required for DX12 which is likely to become more prevalent as time moves on.

    It's hard to say much more than that without knowing what you are trying to achieve with the system though.

    I mean if you do want to upgrade AMD's new Ryzen cpu's are coming out soon and should shake things up significantly (notably they look set to offer a decent performing 8c / 16t part for around the price of Intels current top quad core parts).
  3. I pretty much have same exact set up persay, same mobo and cpu, different SSDs, also added customer cooling liquid loop to cpu gpu. 2133mhz ram 20 gb With that being said it does amazing everything i throw at it. I currently have my 2600k at 5.1 ghz. Sometimes ill clock it back to 4.8 either still a great cpu
  4. Zerk2012 said:
    For gaming your still fine what I would do is overclock the processor to the 4.6/4.8 area and keep using it should last you anouther year or 2. No cooler was listed so you might need to buy a good one.
    Those sandbridge processor overclock like a champ.
    DX 12 is not a concern to me that is a MS thing and not being used in all new game development.


    Yes it is a Microsoft thing, but so is DX11...

    Xbox One supports it, Windows 10 and Windows Phone support it, but the list of PC games that already support it include a few big name titles. SW:Battlefront, BF1, Star Citizen (in development), Halo Wars 2, Halo 5, Civ 6, Tomb Raider, The Division, Forza, Dues Ex.. and these are just the ones I recognize. Ashes of course.

    You also have the Unreal Engine which usually picks up a wide range of games and it supports it.

    Wouldn't make a lot of sense for developers to avoid it.
  5. DX 12 is still not enough for me to upgrade to 10 ftom 7 till 3 more years when its no longer supported.
  6. Thank you for the insight; today I picked up and installed Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler. Any tips on how to OC my CPU? So that it doesn't blow up in the process that is LOL
  7. Well with the same mobo, i put my cpu at 1.45 volts and oc it to 4.8 ghz and it runs great. Not hot at all and very stable. Ill take a pic of my bios when i am home later
  8. Thank you very much burtmann88, looking forward to seeing your setup. I'll have to keep in mind that my cooling while aftermarket is air and not liquid like yours.
  9. lisior said:
    Thank you very much burtmann88, looking forward to seeing your setup. I'll have to keep in mind that my cooling while aftermarket is air and not liquid like yours.


    Just a side note- liquid cooling doesn't always perform better than good air cooling- the main advantage to liquid is when you have a case with limited airflow / confined spaces- as the rad goes on the back of the case and ejects all the hot air directly out.

    If you have a large case, with lots of case fans set up correctly for good airflow, you can potentially reach similar speeds compared to using a closed loop liquid cooler :)
  10. Lol sure, but my set up has performed much better then closed loop systems you can buy, i have 5 120 mm 113 cfm fans in my case lol
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