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April 4, 2012 8:39:13 PM

Hello,

Hello all,

I built my system in 2008 and want to upgrade for future MMO gaming. Is anything below still usable? Here is what I currently have.

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N LightScribe Support - OEM

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler I5 775 AMD compatible

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

PC Power and Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400

Looking to upgrade to:

CPU: i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7 GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
or
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

I have no clue about what ram is good?

Also would an SSD help run my computer and gaming faster. Is it worth buying?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Josh
April 4, 2012 9:08:02 PM

What's your budget? You can certainly reuse your existing HD(s), case (possible - but depending on what it is you might want to think about an upgrade to an HAF 912 or similar), PSU, and DVD burner. Knowing that will help to suggest parts.

As far as RAM goes my tier 1 brands are Crucial, Kingston Hyper X, Mushkin, G.Skill, and Corsair (as long as you don't get the tall heat sinks).
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April 4, 2012 9:28:00 PM

the gskill ram seems to be widely used and very good quality, even the ones without heat sinks, but a set of 4gb (2x2gb) is like 25$ and the 8gb sets are fairly cheap too.
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April 4, 2012 9:40:52 PM

The HD6870 is a reasonably good card, but considering the money that you are spending to upgrade you might wish to consider spending a little more and get a boost to your graphics quality?

How about a single HD7870 2GB graphics card?

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_...

Other:
RAM?
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (2x4GB or 4x2GB depending on motherboard)
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