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December 5, 2010 11:14:53 AM

my system :
Motherboard - Asus p5e
Cpu - Intel core2duo E8400 ( thermal take big typhoon 2 heatsink fan cooler ) ( stock - 3ghz i could oc to 3.4 with the aisuite software no problems )
Ram - OCZ gold 1066mhz 2x2gb ram.
GPU -Nvidia 9800gtx
Power supply - 800w gigabyte

my budget is about 500-750$
my upgrade plan is -
get water cooling.. with less maintenance so was thinking of getting a h70. ( i want to oc to 4ghz can i dot hat comfortably with the h70 ? ) will change the fans on it though for high performance ones. [about 110$]
New gpu - as you can see my gpu is pretty old so was planin on getting a gtx 580. i dont want to get 2x 460s because i will have to change my motherboard too for that and that would obviously add to cost since my motherboard only supports crossfire. [about 520$]
New case - need one lol. was thinking of the cooler master cm690 II advanced.

Maybe i should get some more ram. ? I have a corsair 3fan ram cooler.

How much of a performance upgrade will this setup give me. ? care to suggest any other upgrades ? or some changes in the upgrade?

Please reply guys.. thanks..

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December 5, 2010 11:55:25 AM

drop the idea of the h70 it's a waste of money on that cpu. Personally I'd get:

sandy bridge cpu + sandy bridge mobo(coming out 5th of jan): 300-400
4gb ddr3: 60-100
another 9800gtx if you don't want to spend much otherwise a 6850/460gtx or better.
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December 5, 2010 11:58:58 AM

ooh and a CM 690: 80
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December 6, 2010 6:03:39 PM

hey thanks for your input bro.. the thing is i'm going to hong-kong round 22nd December and will be there till Christmas.. so was hoping to get a nice upgrade from there.. since you get stuff at awesome prices there and i've never experienced any problems..

let me know if you got any ideas..
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December 7, 2010 4:03:23 AM

Aaah I see.

I'd just buy a case, 460gtx and maybe an SSD. And then save the rest for sandy bridge when it comes out.
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December 7, 2010 3:05:54 PM

what do you think will give me a better performance in my games.. ? a new processor and mobo and ram or gtx 580 (over clocked) and my cpu over clocked to 4ghz.. let me know it'll help me decide.. and i'm using a hdtv as my screen so the refresh rate is 60hz i guess that means i dont get over 60fps.. though im not totally sure bout that.. cause i get 60ps almost constant on street fighter IV and need for speed hot pursuit.
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December 7, 2010 6:40:32 PM

neither will give you a worthy boost. If I had to choose a 580gtx would probably givera better boost but nevertheless. They're both a relative waste if you don't upgrade both components. If you get a cheap deal in hong kong on an i5 750/760/661 then you can get those paired with a mobo, 4gb ram and a 6870. It should more than double performance at a cost of around 600dollars with current pricing.


Take it a notch higher and you can get sandy bridge and dual 6850 for I'm guessing around 800-900. Which should tripple or even quadrouple performance.

And yes at 60hz 60fps is the limit, but the human eye doesn't see the difference so it doesn't matter ussually 24fps+ is a good number.

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December 7, 2010 6:59:51 PM

thanks a bunch for the help.. :D 
one more question lol.. :p 
if i end up getting a h70.. will i be able to use it with sandy bridge too if i change my processor later ?

now i'm kinda thinking of gettin a h70 a case and a gtx 570/580 cause i might sli later.. and if i can use the h70 on the new processor too.. i'm preety sure i should be able to minght have to change the thermal paste but i think it should be usable on sandy bridge too.. let me know if this is possible.. and thanks again bro.. appreciate the help.. :D 
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December 7, 2010 7:06:41 PM

lga 1155 mounting is supposed to be the same as 1156 so I think it should fit although I'm far from sure. here they say it is http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/872833-will-lga115... on some review sites where they have the boards they say the same(forgot the links). BTW the h70 supports 1156 for if you were confused :p .

So yeah you should be able to use it, but I still think it's kind of a waste, but hey what the heck I have a noctua d14(performs like the h70 very good I definately reccomend it as an alternative) for running my 930 at stock so who am I to talk?

Happy building/buying
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December 7, 2010 7:14:36 PM

thanks bro i'll let you know what i finally end up getting..
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December 7, 2010 7:25:15 PM

good :D  btw: IMO forget the 580gtx is for people who want the best regardless of price. The 570gtx is the sensible decision ;) .
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December 7, 2010 8:52:17 PM

I'll testify for the CM 690. I just got one around three months ago and it is amazing. Excellent ventilation and very large. Good luck with your build!
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December 17, 2010 9:20:32 PM

hey thanks you guys.. my build is now postponed lol. not going to hk now.. :(  mostly in jan now.. thinking of getting a XSPC water cooling kit, a ssd and probably a gtx570 goes like hell edition or 580 if its not too much at that time.. :p  and yeah obviously my cm690 II advanced.. :p 
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