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Upgrading PC, need assistance

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March 23, 2012 1:17:48 PM

Greetings,

I built a computer about four (4) years ago and would like to upgrade some of the components because they are starting to fail. Here is my current setup:

HDD - Western Digital 250 GB 7200 RPM SATA
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
Memory - 3 GB Crucial Ballistix (1 GB ea) DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400)
Motherboard - EVGA A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i
Power - Thermaltake 850W
Graphics - EVGA 8800 GT SLI
Case - Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black / Aluminum
Monitor - Samsung 22" WS Black 2ms

I'd like to re-use the following components:

Power Supply
Monitor
Case - Possibly
HDD - Possibly

I'd like to keep upgrade cost around $1,000 US. I'll be using this PC for coding and occasionally a PC game. I'd be interested in a SSD, but it isn't a hard requirement. I need at least 8 GB of RAM. Also, I want a second monitor which will be 22" or more. My current monitor is not HD, it uses DVI.

Any help is appreciated.

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March 23, 2012 1:38:32 PM

i7 2500k $220
z68 motherboard $200
8 GB DDR3 RAM $40
DVD drive $20
GTX 680 $500
Total $980 plus tax

Reuse everything else for now. Consider an SSD in the future. This will be a rockin' gaming system that can easily handle the programming.
March 23, 2012 4:30:24 PM

Intel i5-2500k (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - $219.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - $121.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws 16 GB (2 x 2x4GB) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - $93.98
Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - $129.99
MSI GeForce 560 Ti OC Twin Frozr II (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - $269.99
Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - $59.99
ASUS DVD Burner (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - $19.99
ASUS 21.5" Full HD LCD Monitor (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) - $174.99

Total Cost: $1,074.93 (after promotional codes)

Total Mail-in Rebates: $30.00

Net Cost: $1,044.93 + shipping


Thoughts? Any potential bottlenecks?
March 23, 2012 4:50:13 PM

No bottlenecks whatsoever. And you won't need to OC your 2500k whatsoever.

Also, I'd go for an HAF 912 over an Antec 300. It's just a little easier to work with. A lot more airflow as well.
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