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Upgrade after 5.5 years

Hi Forum,

It's been about 5.5 years since I last built a computer and I've done a lot of research in the last week or so, but I'm hoping for some 2nd and 3rd opinions. I plan on upgrading everything except the case, the DVD burner, and the HDDs (though I will get a new OS HDD). Max outlay is about $1500.

The main reason for this upgrade is that I don't have a computer that will play Diablo 3 so it needs to be completed before 5/15.

Here's the stuff I don't plan on upgrading:
Case: NZXT LEXA-NP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146018
OS HDD (will move to storage): WD Caviar Blue 160GB (2008)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075
Storage HDD 1: Seagate Barracuda 320GB (2006)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148140
Storage HDD 2: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 1.5TB (2010)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152175
DVD Burner: Sony 16x DVD+-R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827131016

I've priced out a bunch of stuff on newegg that I'm hoping is all compatible and whatnot:
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
MoBo: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131791
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198
OS HDD: WD Black 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613
Power Supply: Corsair Pro AX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015

Right now the total comes to $1354.58 not including newegg bundles and comparative price shopping so I'm well within spec.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks!
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  1. What will you be doing with this computer? If its just gaming your not going to benefit much from the i7. It mainly offers hyper threading over the i5 which doesn't effect game performance by much if anything. The 2500k is going to be 99.9% in this scenario,
  2. Phyrexiancure said:
    What will you be doing with this computer? If its just gaming your not going to benefit much from the i7. It mainly offers hyper threading over the i5 which doesn't effect game performance by much if anything. The 2500k is going to be 99.9% in this scenario,


    I don't have a computer that will play Diablo 3, that's basically the main reason for my upgrade.

    (Original post updated, thanks for the heads up)
  3. You are so close to z77 mobos & Ivy - can you wait just a little longer?
    -Bruce
  4. your gonna have to toss that burner since the Z68 motherboard is SATA with no PATA ports.
    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner $17.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067
    actually just toss the other HDs, they are small, and keep the 1.5 TB green unless you need a scratch disk for editing graphics.

    you could get a cheaper motherboard and CPU but if you got the money and like what you picked, more power to ya :)
  5. +1
  6. dish_moose said:
    You are so close to z77 mobos & Ivy - can you wait just a little longer?
    -Bruce

    It needs to be finished before 5/15.

    They come out at the end of the month, right?
  7. Best answer
    If you are going to game then i5 2500k is all you need.

    after that the performance is diminishing.

    I7 is nothing but i5 with hyperthreading.

    Hypertreading is used by programs which uses more threads i.e more cores.

    Games use only 2 cores and four cores max.

    I5 has 8 threads which is more than enough for your needs for the next 5 years.

    The corsair ax series psu are made by seasonic. but they are insanely priced. i would suggested seasonic or xfx.

    The psu is not sufficient.

    I would suggest the following build.

    Intel i5 2500k
    cm hyper 212 evo
    asrock z68 extreme4 gen3
    corsair vengence 2x4 gb 1600mhz low profile ram
    evga gtx 680 2gb
    pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver.
    Crucial m4 128 gb sata3 ssd

    this would come withing the cost of you build.

    Wait for ive bridge.

    I would recommend motherboards

    asus z77 sabertooth

    or asrock z77 extreme4

    or asus p9z77 v- pro

    or something similar.

    For cpu

    i5 3570k is your best bet.

    Gaming dont use more than 6gb ram so 8gb will sufix you through few years.
  8. What is wrong with that powersupply?
  9. That's what I have read although different countries are already saying z77 boards are available. Looks like you would be cutting it close but... Ivy is not likely to be much faster but it will be more efficient.
    -Bruce
  10. No the psu aint suficient for 2 gtx 680
  11. Hey Serialkiller i5 does not have 8 threads...
  12. Why not one hd7870 instead of one gtx 570?
  13. Your PSU is great but if you go with a newer gpu like the GTX680, i5-2500K, 8GB 1.5v RAM (low profile) you can get by with a smaller supply like:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139035
    Save enough on psu, ram, cpu to get the better gpu
    -Bruce
  14. acoriano said:
    Why not one hd7870 instead of one gtx 570?



    This. I just built something similar, and one of the best pieces of advice I got was to ditch 8gb of RAM to upgrade the video card to an 7870.
  15. Sorry. i ment i7 has 8 threads hence hyperthreading.

    I5 has only 4 threads but is more than enough
  16. I still don't see where the psu was for two 680s, but its not important i guess
  17. An 850w power supply seems like overkill, unless you're gonna run multiple video cards. 650w should be plenty for a single video card.
  18. Ok but 950w for oc headroom and also the psu is 130 bucks (after mail in rebates)
  19. so far gtx680 (zotac) in 2 way sli, my wall watts was at 6xx-7xx (tested it on a 850W 80plus gold of seasonic) oh and these are with gaming on multi player 64map bf3

    tried it with a 1250 80plus gold of seasonic and still same result, this is on a 3960x system so most likely i'm drawing more power on my system (8 rams slots occupied) 3 HDD, 2 SSD on a single monitor 1920x1080 resolution 23" samsung (going to test this at 3 monitor at 30" and see if there are any difference once i get back to my work place)

    note: that's with an OC 3960x with NH-D14 @ 4.5Ghz


    edit: forgot to put it was on a cosmos II case loaded with fans watt usage sometimes goes to 802 or so but I haven't tested it on an i5 2500K system i'l see once i get back)
  20. Thanks for the help. I'm going to put some serious thought into this and come back next week with more info.
  21. Best answer selected by UnleashInfinity.
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