Need advice on the system i wish to build

Hi all, i am thinking of completly upgrading my system - a total overhaul, currently the spec i have is:-

CPU -AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz Triple Core Processor
M/B - Asrock M3A-UCC Socket AM3 Motherboard
RAM - Kingston 4GB DDR3 1066MHz Non-ECC 240pin DIMM Memory Module (X2 - 8gb in total).
GPU - Sparkle NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 1GB Graphics Card
HDD - 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
2TB Western Digital Caviar Green 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
DVD - uknown as was stolen from a previous pc
CASE - Tornado TO11A Mid Tower Case - Black
CPU FAN - AMD AK-861CU CPU Cooler
CASE FAN - Akasa 12cm Quiet Cool Blue Case Fan (X2)
PSU - not sure, was stolen from a previous pc
running on win 7 ultimate 64 bit


And i am thinking about replacing it with this:-

CPU - Intel CPU Core i7 2600K Unlocked Sandy Bridge Quad Core
M/B - Asus P8P67 Pro Rev3 Intel P67 Express Socket 1155 Motherboard
RAM - Corsair Memory Vengeance Black 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop
GPU - Inno3D GT 430 2GB SDDR3 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB WD7502AAEX (X2 to be raided)
2TB Western Digital Caviar Green 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
DVD - LG Blu-Ray Writer, BH10LS30
CASE - Antec Lanboy Air Blue Modular Case
PSU - Thermaltake Toughpower XT 875W Modular PSU
CPU FAN - Antec Kuhler Box AMD/ Intel CPU Cooler
to be run on windows 7 64 bit home premium


any thoughts or commentss please as i am not totally sure with the newer stuff as xp was my thing - much simpler


Thanks
Andy
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  1. That GPU is a major bottleneck in your system. I would downgrade to 2500k and get a better GPU. the 2600k gives no benefit in gaming (if that is what your build is for).
  2. will be doing some gaming WoW, battlefield 2142, battlefield 2 but nothing major realy.

    how do you mean by bottle neck - by using so much performance, power e.t.c. going in and not much coming out?
  3. what is the difference between the i7 2600K and the i5 2500K apart from the list im the pic below?

  4. sorry put wrong pic up and i cant edit or remove it so i'll try this instead


  5. updated spec:

    CPU - Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB
    M/B - Asus P8P67 Pro Rev3 Intel P67 Express Socket 1155 Motherboard
    RAM - Corsair Memory Vengeance Black 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop
    GPU - Inno3D GT 430 1GB SDDR5 DVI VGA HDMI Out PCI-E Graphics Card
    HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB WD7502AAEX (X2 to be raided)
    2TB Western Digital Caviar Green 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
    DVD - LG Blu-Ray Writer, BH10LS30
    CASE - Antec Lanboy Air Blue Modular Case
    PSU - Thermaltake Toughpower XT 875W Modular PSU
    CPU FAN - Antec Kuhler Box AMD/ Intel CPU Cooler
    to be run on windows 7 64 bit home premium
  6. I mean the GPU will be slowing down everything in your system - mostly the cpu. Are you able to afford a geforce 560 ti? Or an amd 6870?
  7. unfortunatly not, as my buget is £1000 and so far with whats on there (the second list) i am already £10 over that and still need to put a card reader on that. I dont think the amd 6870 would work anyway as i am going for an intel i5 this time (was originally going to be an i7 but that came to £1140).


    or is there something i could change? use a different shop, the ones i use now are:-
    www.cclonline.com
    www.scan.co.uk
    www.buyer.co.uk

    scan and ebuyer on this build as parts that i got are cheaper on there
  8. the amd 6870 is a graphics card and is compatible with the second generation intel core processors.
  9. still around the £200 mark which i a bit out my league tbh
  10. like has already been said the gpu will bottleneck your system basically, you'd be better off keeping your triple core and buying a new gpu imo if gaming is what you are trying to do
  11. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-radeon-geforce,2997-3.html

    the 6790, 6850, geforce 460 are all under175 and are all better choices than the 430
  12. been doing a bit more research and i think i have finaly set on a setup there will be a 2TB HDD going in from other PC

    see below


  13. You said you aren't playing anything major but the pc you are planning to build is overkill. A small upgrade from your old PC seems a better choice!
  14. Check this option. Keep your old motherboard (clean it and upgrade bios) along with your old RAM (clean this too. I would give a try, but I don't know if they can work at 1333MHz with 1.65V and 9-9-9-24 timings).

    Then buy a Phenom II X4 955

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    A cheap but awesome for it's price CASE

    Xigmatek ASGARD II B/O CPC-T45UE-U01 Black / Orange 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815006

    A GTX 460. Although I would like to know your resolution, maybe it's overkill!

    ZOTAC ZT-40408-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500202

    And a good PSU for your system

    XFX Core Edition PRO450W (P1-450S-XXB9) 450W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207012


    With 334$ with MIR, in my opinion you'll be more than fine!
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