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March 2, 2011 11:31:20 AM

Hello Everyone :hello: 

I am contemplating whether or not I should upgrade my rig.

Current specs:

i3 530 2.9ghz @ 3.5Ghz
ECS P55h-a (crossfire @ 8x8x supported)
Transcend aXe RAM 4gb 2000mhz @ 1600mhz
XFX HD 4890
Huntkey 700watt PSU
Aero Cool PGS RS-9 case
*Multiple hard drives (I will keep all)

I am able to get the following rig for just R7500 (just over $1000)

Intel i5 LGA1156 QUAD-Core (2.66Ghz)(i5-750)
Kingston ddr3-1800 C9 (4GIG)
ASUS ENGTX 480
ASUS III Formula
Seagate 500GIG 32MEG CACHE
Cooler Master Centurion Case
Raidmax 700WATT PSU
Creative SupremeFX X-Fi Sound Card
7 Coolermaster 120mm Fans (4xBlue) (3-Black)
DVD-COMBO

I will put all the best parts in the Aero Cool case and build around there. Any suggestions? Should i buy the new rig?

Thanks in advance...


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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2011 11:58:50 AM

Hello CD,
Whats the upgrade for? Gaming? That i3 530 @ 3.5Ghz really isn't bad at all.
I think you'd be good with just a video card upgrade. (and maybe a better power supply)
March 2, 2011 12:19:15 PM

Yes, gaming, at 1920x1080. I'm not dissatisfied with my current rig. I just thought it would be a good upgrade considering the cost (R7500), brand new it would cost over R11500. Bearing in mind I can sell my rig for about R6000, I think it is worth it.
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March 2, 2011 12:22:31 PM

A GTX480 here, in South Africa, costs R5000 by the way.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2011 12:33:47 PM

With the new socket 1155 i5-2500K and P67 motherboards on the way into the market you'd better get a really GOOD price on the i5-750 system.
Are you seeing any of those around there?

No one is going to be thrilled about a Raidmax power supply. Do you have an option to get a better one?
March 2, 2011 12:47:25 PM

The rig with the GTX480, to me, is a bargain. A single 480 costs R5000 and the i5 750 about R1300 (I can get the whole rig for R7500). The only socket 1155 boards available are the M-ATX and ITX Intel boards. An i5 2500k is R2000.

A PSU upgrade has been in the back of my mind for a long time now. I will soon get a good Corsair power supply.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2011 1:43:32 PM

There are other good PSUs besides Corsair- but yes, it's hard to go wrong with one of those.
March 2, 2011 2:11:21 PM

I've always liked corsair... I'm thinking something like the TX 750 Watt.
March 2, 2011 3:16:41 PM

for the psu imo the corsair 650'll do ya, newegg did a build running 2 5870s and the intel i7 980x on a corsair 650. but idk, depends on what you're looking at in teh future as far as possible upgrades
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