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August 16, 2011 1:15:28 AM

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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August 16, 2011 1:38:16 AM

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).
August 16, 2011 9:03:28 AM

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?

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August 16, 2011 10:02:58 AM

what is the difference between the i7 2600K and the i5 2500K apart from the list im the pic below?

August 16, 2011 10:16:38 AM

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


August 16, 2011 1:54:54 PM

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
August 16, 2011 5:44:21 PM

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?
August 16, 2011 10:07:57 PM

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
August 16, 2011 10:33:29 PM

the amd 6870 is a graphics card and is compatible with the second generation intel core processors.
August 16, 2011 10:39:24 PM

still around the £200 mark which i a bit out my league tbh
August 16, 2011 10:41:43 PM

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
August 17, 2011 10:08:25 PM

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


August 17, 2011 10:22:03 PM

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!
August 17, 2011 10:46:16 PM

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...


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