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May 30, 2012 7:25:04 AM

I want to upgrade my PC for gaming at ultra/max settings on games like BF3. I'm a game art and design student, so I want my computer to be able to handle 3d modeling with programs like Maya and Zbrush smoothly. I also do a lot of Photoshop and video editing on the side, but I'm guessing those programs are not nearly as demanding.

My current build is;
Mother Board: GIGABYTE GA-790XTA

Processor : AMD Phenom II Black Edition X4 955

Video Card : HIS Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro)

Harddrive : WD Black 1Tb

Power : Antec 750W

Ram : G.Skill Ripaws 8gb

OS : Windows 7 Home

What I'm thinking about doing now is;
Motherboard/PSU Combo - ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS & Intel Core i7-3770S Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz


Graphics Card - EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


Heatsink - COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm


So since this is a lot of money, I was hoping to get some help on making a solid investment with good bang for my buck. My budget is around $1000. I can go as far up as 1300, although I would rather only spend that much if its extremely worth it.

Or, should I just buy a used 5850, and wait another year to build a new PC?

Thanks you guys so much in advance.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 30, 2012 12:19:35 PM

The 7850 at around $250 makes more sense. Newegg has an HIS model for $229 after rebate. I also recommend you skip the "s" series 3770 and get a regular or "k" model instead. The "s" models don't save that much energy at ide and are locked with a lower multiplier. Your current antec 750w power supply is fine unless it's more than three years old. Then I would replace it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 30, 2012 1:03:12 PM

Agree with o1die on CPU - skip the 'S' CPU. 'S'=slow. Go with a plain 3770 or a 'K' model

Disagree on the the GPU, the GTX 670 is a far better GPU than the 7850 and is worth the extra $

the HD 7850 barely keeps up with a GTX 570, the GTX 670 puts the kabash on GTX 580's:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-rev...
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 30, 2012 8:47:25 PM

3820 takes a more expensive motherboard. It won't fit in a socket 1155 board. The 3770s may be your best choice if you don't want to wait for newegg to get them back in stock. You can try newegg's online live chat and see if someone can give you an estimated time of arrival for the 3770K. I saw one on my local craigslist for $350 today.
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May 30, 2012 8:59:17 PM

Nice, thanks big time.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 31, 2012 7:18:59 AM

Askia32 said:
Is the mother board I picked ok?
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77

Or should I go with this?
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77

Also, I'm thinking about simply doubling up on my ram for 16gb
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB

Is this a good move or should I get all new ram that is more efficient for the motherboard and cpu?


nothing wrong with the ASUS P8Z77-V LK. I would stay with it and save some $
the Ripjaws Ram has High Heat sinks that will not allow the Hyper 212 to mount if all ram slots or populated. I would suggest low profile ram like this:

2x4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4x4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram is cheap (compared to what it used to be). I would go with 16gb since you are going to be using 3d modeling programs like Maya and Zbrush, but 8gb would work just fine also.
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May 31, 2012 7:06:25 PM

Sweet, thanks. I really appreciate it.
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June 7, 2012 7:27:35 AM

Best answer selected by Askia32.
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