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Upgrading with 900$ budget, Need some advice.

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April 27, 2011 9:43:16 PM

Hello guys,

I'm looking to upgrade my current build which is'nt quite outdated. . . I guess. Anyway, I'm trying to prepare my self for BF3.
This current one is based of Dell Studio which I used to have. I switched the case and changed the GPU and power supply then add 1 more HDD.

My upgrade budget are about 900- 1,000$.

Current built spec,

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad QC8300 @ 2.5 GHz
Motherboard: Stock Dell Mobo(I hate this thing, Can't even OC with it.)
RAM: 8 GB Stock Dell DDR2 RAM
GPU: GALAXY GTX 470 GC
Sound Card: CreAtive Sound Blaster X-Fi
Optical Drive: Blu-ray reader and burner
HDD: WDC 7200 RPM 1TB, SG 7200 RPM 750GB
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922M Mid-Tower
PSU: Corsair TX680W
Display: Dell Moniter 22" Full 1080p @ 1920 x 1080
Keyboard: Logitech G15
Mouse: Razer Imperator
Headset: CreAtive Fet4l1ty

Okay, Now we got all that settled. As you guys see. All the peripherals are solid, what need upgrading are those core components of the system.

I'm not in a rush about upgrading this, but I'm looking at a 1-3 week time line. Not sure if only 1 GTX 470 can handle BF3 or not. I'm thinking of going SLI 470 or is it better to get 1 later GPU? If I'm going with SLI plan I will probably need a new PSU since the current one might be too low of a wattage for it. So it might take a big chunk out of the budget.

Before we go further into the analysis. Budget of this big upgrade is 1,000$ and I already have some parts in-hand. Which are not included in this budget.

Parts already have,

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth P67 REV 3 ATX LGA1155
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 PC12800

So the new CPU are limited to socket 1155. I'm looking to get a SSD for boot drive also and I'm planning to OC this new rig, so a CPU cooler might be needed.

Let me know what you guys think is the best bang for the buck.

Thank you all in advance!!
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April 27, 2011 10:12:25 PM

-If you went with the 470 SLI route and clocked down the GPUs to stock clocks, you could get by with the TX650.

-If you are mostly gaming, just get the i5 2500K. You can get more bang for the buck with upgrades other than the i7 2600K.

-I strongly recommend modular power supplies for frequent upgraders. This is because molex connectors wear out. It's far better to replace a modular cable than to RMA an entire PSU.

Here is everything from newegg, but I couldn't exactly match the Galaxy card:
  • GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N470SO-13I GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready ...
  • CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material
  • Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
  • COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
    TOTAL: $707.38

    Here is something closer at amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Galaxy-Technology-GeForce-Graphic...


    I would likely go with this SSD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    April 27, 2011 10:21:56 PM

    To be honest, what you already have is more than enough for Battlefield 3.

    Proxi has some nice stuff there. Personally, I would stay away from GTX400 series as they are power hungry and hot. If you do intend on SLI (which you most definitely won't be needing for Battlefield or any other game in that genre) Antec are solid PSU's if you find a better deal other than the one listed.

    If you are really only into shooters and nothing hardcore like simulators you could save money on a cheaper graphics card such as the GTX550 or 6870. They are solid performers for single monitor gaming for casual games like MWII, BCII, Mass Effect 2, etc.


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    April 27, 2011 10:32:41 PM

    ^ The 550? A card that is much worse than the 6850 and only reaches the performance of a 6790? Ewww that's just a terrible card. I do like the 6870 suggestion though.

    I however do agree with Proxi, add another 470 and your set for awhile. It may be hot and power hungry but it's not like you should waste that 470 of yours.
    April 27, 2011 11:02:54 PM

    I think it could be argued for sure. The recommended MB has extra space between the PCI-E slots, so that should help keep the cards cool. Your case can handle the heat. But, it's a close call and it would not be wrong to swap out the 470 either.

    It's usually a 6 or 8 month window to add a second card for SLI or crossfire. After that it starts making less sense. That's why I usually tell people to go dual cards up front or don't bother planning for it, because it usually doesn't ever happen.

    I thought about it and looked at the prices and went with the second 470, but you could just get a 6950 2GB, sell the GTX 470, and keep your old PSU as well.
    April 27, 2011 11:07:59 PM

    He might have meant the 560 and just typoed.

    the 560 is a solid card.

    I'd rank most cards out riight now in about this order:

    430
    6450
    440
    5670
    6570
    6670
    6790
    450
    550
    460SE
    5770
    460 768
    460 1GB
    6850
    5850
    470
    6870
    560
    480
    6950 1gb
    570
    6950 2gb
    6970
    580
    6990
    590
    !