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June 1, 2011 12:47:42 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my current ASUS CM5675 desktop. My primary use for it is gaming and if you look at the specs of it real quick you'll see that it's just not up to the more advanced stuff (it even stutters on Minecraft :heink:  ).

Current specs:

Intel Core i5 i5-650 / 3.2 GHz

Intel H55 Express

8GB DDR3 RAM

1 x 1 TB - Standard - Serial ATA-300 - 7200 rpm

Graphics and sound are both integrated :cry:  A painful mess that no one should suffer through.

300W power supply

1600x900 res screen

Here's what I've been thinking as upgrades...I call it upgrades but I'm listing almost an entirely new computer :D 

Upgrades:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(GIGABYTE GA-H67MA-USB3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior)

I think I would need to be pretty creative to fit that stuff in my current chassis. I.E. cut sections out to make more room. ;) 

The CPU and motherboard I threw in there. I chose that CPU mostly cause it's got a better GHz than my current one and because it's a quad core. I'm seeing a noticeable difference between my current duo and the quad that I had on my last computer (with a lower GHz). I'm not sure if I actually need to upgrade my motherboard? Although it probably couldn't hurt.

I'd like to keep the cost as far down as possible while still getting the best performance in games. My preference would be maxing out games like Rift or some such with a stable 40 fps minimum.

Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.

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June 1, 2011 12:54:11 AM

You don't mention the make/model of power supply currently installed in your system. I'd probably recommend starting with a graphic card upgrade and (if necessary) power supply upgrade. Check your gaming performance then. If you're still not happy with the performance, then (and only then) consider upgrading the processor/motherboard.

Also (and this is just my opinion) the HD6970 is overkill for that resolution and CPU. Drop it down to either an HD6850 or HD6770. Any card is going to be a massive improvement over the integrated chipset you're using now.

-Wolf sends
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June 1, 2011 12:57:48 AM

You have picked some very good components! The HAF 932 is a great case, with very good air flow. No additional fans will be necessary.
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June 1, 2011 1:00:22 AM

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Save some money and get the 2500K instead, it'll leave you room to overclock if you ever need to, that'll save about $70. Use $20 to get a P67 MB that'll leave you room to overclock and CF/SLI if you want to
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 6950 let alone 6970 is overkill for that monitor. You should be looking at the 6850 at most. Maybe even the 6870. But reality you only need the 460 768mb/5770/460 1GB/6850/6790.
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June 1, 2011 1:07:30 AM

I'm not sure what the manufacturer of the power supply in my computer is. But I do know that it is 300W... Too low for either of those cards I think...Also I read that the 6850 is able to runs games pretty well but at about 30 fps (sure there are other factors) but if I'm going to upgrade I want to be sure I don't have to do so again for a while.
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June 1, 2011 1:22:52 AM

Well at your current monitor resolution you better opt for a 1080P one then. The 6850 somewhat close to the 5850 can run 1680x1050 @ 60 FPS, I don't know where your getting 30 FPS from and what game?

The 6970 will defiantly bottleneck at your resolution of 1600x900, too much GPU power per pixel, get a bigger resolution and it'll solve the issue.
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June 1, 2011 1:39:00 AM

The monitor could bottleneck the GPU? As long as it doesn't cause stuttering or anything I'm fine with a little bit of wasted potential. As I said I'm looking to make sure my computer will be able to handle newer games with increasingly advanced graphics.
I'm sure that eventually I'll find a game that will make the 6970 work for that smooth FPS. My current monitor works pretty well besides a somewhat shoddy connection to my desktop that needs a firm press once in a while to keep from getting loose and messing with the color.

Also that modular power supply is about $50 more. Is it much of an improvement over the other?
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