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February 22, 2012 11:19:42 PM

My PC is 4 years old now, and I'm looking to do a pretty major upgrade. My only constraint when I started selecting components was to keep the total cost under $1,500. Here's my current system specs:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (Kentsfield) overclocked to 3.2 GHz
MoBo: nvidia 780i SLI (adds support for PCI 2.0 cards and 45nm CPUs)
Memory: 4GB Corsair XMS2 800MHz 5-5-5 (4 x 1GB)
Video Card: Dual SLI - 8800 GTS 512MB overclocked
Hard Drive 1: 250GB Barracuda 7200rpm 16MB cache
Hard Drive 2: 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 16MB cache

Here's what I've got in mind...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K ($279.99)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.99)
MoBo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ($204.99)
Memory: 16GB CORSAIR Vengeance (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($89.99)
Video Card: Single - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti ($249.99)
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA III ($184.99)
Power Supply: Corsair Pro Gold AX1200 ($279.00)

Total Cost: $1,360

I've got a Cosmos "S" case, and I'd really like to buy a new case that had better cable management features and USB3 on the front panel (probably a HAF X), but crap... if I did that the only thing I'd be re-using from my current rig would be the hard drives and the DVD player. Hard to convince my wife that I'm "Only Upgrading"...

Anyway, wondered if anyone had any opinions on my choices. I'm hoping the single GTX 560 Ti will be a considerable improvement over my SLI 8800 GTS's. I'm planning to buy another one (or maybe two) in the future (which is why I decided to go over the top on the new power supply).

Thanks for any advice you may have.


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February 23, 2012 1:39:34 AM

The Corsair H60 is not that good I would prefer a Evga Superclock or a Cooler Master 212 Evo which has similar or even better performance for less money (might have to use low profile memory though) and I also believe the power supply is overpriced and overkill especially as a Corsair Pro Gold AX750 or 850 should more than suffice and I also would advise you to wait until Nvida's next generation of gpus, Kepler and Intel's Ivy Bridge launches if you can as this would future proof you system a bit more if not all else seem good value
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February 25, 2012 1:26:30 AM

Thanks guys... Great advice. I've placed my order for the Cooler Master 212 Evo. Looks like a fantastic value in a CPU cooler. I've also decided to buy the Corsair AX850 instead of the AX1200. I may still be paying too much for a PSU, but I want to be able to add another GTX 560 Ti later without having to worry about my power. And with the Cosmos "S" crappy cable management capability, I really wanted a fully modular PSU.

I'd love to wait and buy Kepler & Ivy Bridge, but I'm afraid I don't have the bank for it. I was trying to find a mix of components that would give me a satisfying bump over and above my current setup, but still use components that were far enough away from the leading edge that I could get a really good price point. I thought the GTX 560 Ti was a great value at $250. Life is full of trade-off's...

Thanks again. I'm always so impressed with the willingness of people to help each other on this site. Y'all are great!
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March 3, 2012 12:42:17 AM

Best answer selected by RickStones.
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