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June 9, 2011 12:04:18 AM

Hi guys, I am thinking of upgrading seeing as my computer will be coming up on its 3 year anniversary at the end of June. With me finally getting a second part time job for the summer at mcdonalds, I am starting to build up some money and am ready to do an upgrade and was looking for some help on how much of my computer I should upgrade.

My Current PC:

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Case: Ultra m923
Power: Ultra 650-Watt
MotherBoard: nForce 680i SLI
CPU: Intel Q6600 2.4 Ghz
RAM: 6GB PC2-6400 800Mhz
Harddrive1:Western Digital SATA 500GB (Windows 7 OS)
Harddrive 2: 500GB
DVD-RW1: IDE Sony
Wireless Network: D-Link WDA-1320 Wireless G PCI Adapter
Razor Lachesis Gaming Mouse
USB Microsoft Keyboard
Videocard: PNY GeForce GTX 260 216
Monitor: Acer 22" Widescreen LCD DVI (1680 * 1050)
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics (2x satelites 1x subwoofer)
Asus Xonar DG Soundcard
Bose Headphones

Now today I noticed in the Newegg.ca newsletter that a 2500k was on sale for $205 for the next few days so I was thinking now might be the time to upgrade.

Here is what I have so far:

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR $82.49


MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $139.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $204.99

My currency is CAD and I would like to just use newegg.ca as using multiple sites adds up for shipping costs. Now I am wondering if these are good choices and what else should I upgrade on my PC if I need to. This all comes to $492 with tax and shipping right now, and if you think I should get anything else I really dont want to spend more than $700 right now.

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June 9, 2011 12:21:21 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week to this month

Budget Range: 900 but as a max, closer to 700 is better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet

Parts Not Required: Case, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Sound Card, Hard Drives, Maybe Powersupply?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country of Origin: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

Parts Preferences: I would like a 2500k cpu as it seems to be best bang for buck

Overclocking: Yes in the future when the cpu becomes the bottleneck

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future but I have read of alot of compatibility issues

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: If you think I dont need to upgrade anything and should stay with certain parts say so.
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June 9, 2011 12:49:26 AM

Alright! Thanks for that.

Hmm, unfortunately only the HDD's can be reused looks like. Not even the case (non standard layout)
The HDD's are sata, correct?

Anyway, here's what I came up with. However, I would look around on different sites. I believe canadacomputers.com and directcanada.com both offer free shipping. Be sure to check their prices.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $220
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $145
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $48
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ZOTAC ZT-50301-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $220
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $30
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC $100
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

And then any Sata DVD drive (~$20)

That brings us quite over budget at $850. However, it's an excellent build with lots of room to upgrade. I can try and take the price down, but it's gonna be tough. If you don't want to overclock, we could probably shave off like $100 or so.

But there you have it! I'm sure the other members have some other suggestions that will hopefully fit your budget better :p 
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June 9, 2011 12:57:37 AM

Why wont the motherboard fit inside my current case, and also I can reuse my cd drive which I failed to mention earlier.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 9, 2011 1:05:54 AM

graydon77222 said:
Why wont the motherboard fit inside my current case, and also I can reuse my cd drive which I failed to mention earlier.


Oh my bad, it will fit. At first glance it looked like it would not. Here's why I was confused:

Ultra M923: http://nwlinux.com/uploads/m923_inside.jpg

HAF 912: http://www.hitechlegion.com/images/stories/cmh912/i1.jp...
As you can see, it is rotated 180 degrees. I thought this would be an issue, but it appears it won't.

So shave off $60 there! Nice catch.

however, you sadly will not be able to use your DVD drive. It's a IDE drive, which is old and not compatible with most modern mobo's. You might be able to find an adapter, but DVD drives are so cheap it really doesn't matter.
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June 9, 2011 1:11:31 AM

Well thanks for the reply, I will wait for any other opinions check my funds and set the order tomorrow or Friday.
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June 9, 2011 6:34:00 PM

The heatsink isnt currently in stock, is there another that would be just as good?
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June 11, 2011 10:33:20 PM

It seems I dont have the money to do the full upgrade so instead I am going to just get a graphics card for now and one of those 212+ CPU coolers so I can overclock my Q6600 higher. What graphics card do you guys recommend. I am thinking of spending less than $500 for the two items.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 11, 2011 11:03:02 PM

Well, you need 3 things. New PSU, new GFX, and new cooler.

I would go with this, very easily carried over to your next build: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <PSU, $90

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... < 560 Ti GPU, $235

OR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 6950 GPU, $250.

The 6950 has a bit of a lead, but not much. The 560 Ti is more than a match, especially when overclocked.

You coulda got a GTX 570 or 6970, but it would bottleneck in current system. Also the 6950 and 560 Ti are plenty adequate for 1080p.
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June 11, 2011 11:11:55 PM

Why would a 570 bottleneck in my current system?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 12, 2011 2:17:54 AM

Well, I suppose you could get it, but my feeling is it would be handicapped even when you OC your CPU. I have no proof but this is what I would guess...
I guess you could get a 6970 or 570. However, you might wanna save by getting a 6950 or 560 Ti, allowing you to buy the other components sooner.

Whatever you want to do, I guess. I have no proof a 570 would bottleneck, it's just what I was thinking I guess..

If you have the money, go ahead and spend the extra $100. This will allow you to pretty heavily futureproof.
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June 12, 2011 11:48:48 PM

Best answer selected by graydon77222.
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June 14, 2011 1:51:01 AM

I went and picked up a GTX 570 and a Hyper 212+ cooler today. Had fun dissembling my computer to get the fan installed and the improvement in temps is great. I am now getting 10 degree lower temps from the Prime 95 torture test than I was idling at before!

As for the graphics card it is bottlenecked by my cpu but I am going to overclock a bit tonight to make my cpu catch up a bit. But I am now futureproofed for a few years graphics wise and I can upgrade my cpu/mobo/ram later in the summer when the funds come around.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 14, 2011 1:53:55 AM

Awesome! Glad it worked out.
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