About three years ago I bought the Dell XPS 630i and since then I've learned much more about PCs. I feel like I'm ready to upgrade my system, but before I spend all this money I want to check with some more knowledgeable people to make sure that everything will be compatable with my system and if the items I listed are the best for my budget. Everything I have in my cart so far is around 500 dollars.
Here's my current specs: Motherboard- Nvidia 650i chipset with a 775 LGA CPU socket CPU- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16 Ghz Memory- 4 sticks of DDR2 RAM 1GB each Video Card - Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT (512 MB) SLI (2) Monitors- 1. Dell SP2009W 20inch 1680x1050 2. Asus VH192 1366x768 Power- Dell branded 750W power supply Drives- DVD/CD-RW drive and a DVD RW drive Hard Drive- 1TB OS- Win7 ultimate
Okay so that's that. Now here's what I'm looking to upgrade. I'm upgrading so I can play newer games without the crappy frame rate, so pretty much it's just used for gaming and web browsing. Anyway...
Everything looks good to me up there. Personally, I would buy a new power supply because I do not trust Dell hardware on my non Dell hardware. If you are going to buy a new PSU, I personally reccomend the Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W because I own one and it is very good, but there are other PSU's out there like Corsairs, OCZ, and lots more you can take a look at. Graphics card is good to GTX 560 TI. If you are going to overclock, the Hyper 212 is good, but if you have some spare cash, go with a better one. I use the Corsair H80 Liquid Cooler. That would run you about $100~$120. Keeps my Core i7 @ 3.8 GHz around 28C ~ 36C. If you want, You can also buy a new case to suit your new hardware needs, however that is not required. I would buy another case, but that is not required either. And since Thanksgiving and Christmas is near, I would wait till early - mid December to buy your parts.
If you are willing to do some overclocking on the Core i7 2600K, you can match it up with the same performance as the Core i7 990X, but with the Core i5 2500K, you can overclock that to get the same performance as the Core i7. Just need maybe a little better cooler like the Corsair H80, like I mentioned above. I would not really get the Core i7 2600K unless you are going to run some power greedy programs. I'd say save your 100 bux for something else good on your computer.
The reviewer on the next page tried to get 1000w out of it and one 850w burned at that level of load but the manufacturer gave them a second one that they tried again and they were able to get 988 out of it without breaking the PSU.
A 50/50 success rate on 15% more than the stated power isn't that bad, considering most PSU brands can't even make what they say they can make.