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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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  1. Hey Graydon, welcome to the forums.

    A nice start you have there! Might I ask you to fill this form? http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice It would really help us out as it gives us all the info we need.

    I'll get back to you!
  2. 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.
  3. 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=N82E16811119233

    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=N82E16819115072

    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=N82E16813128500

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $48
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427

    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=N82E16814500197

    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=N82E16835103065

    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=N82E16817371026

    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
  4. Why wont the motherboard fit inside my current case, and also I can reuse my cd drive which I failed to mention earlier.
  5. 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.jpg
    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.
  6. Well thanks for the reply, I will wait for any other opinions check my funds and set the order tomorrow or Friday.
  7. The heatsink isnt currently in stock, is there another that would be just as good?
  8. Umm, here's a pretty good one: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082 It's only $2 more, and is on par with the 212+. Just make sure it'll fit!
  9. 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.
  10. 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=N82E16817371026&cm_re=antec_750-_-17-371-026-_-Product <PSU, $90

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604&cm_re=gtx_560_ti-_-14-130-604-_-Product < 560 Ti GPU, $235

    OR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161368&cm_re=6950-_-14-161-368-_-Product 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.
  11. Why would a 570 bottleneck in my current system?
  12. Best answer
    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.
  13. Best answer selected by graydon77222.
  14. 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.
  15. Awesome! Glad it worked out.
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