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October 15, 2012 1:12:22 PM

Ok what I have now:
AMD Phenom II x4 840 3.2GHZ Propus
12GB DDR3
Biostar A770E3
(Just upgraded to) GTX 660 ti 3GB GDDR5 GPU
120GB SSD (OCZ Agility 3)
640 and 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA drives
Blu-Ray Reader/ DVD/CD Burner
750W Kingwin PSU

Looking to upgrade the cpu, ram and motherboard:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/401768/Z77A-G45_Sock... Kind of set on this one as it fit my color scheme and everything

http://www.microcenter.com/product/360144/Vengeance_Ser...(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Four_4GB_Memory_Modules)- Ram, set of this because it fits my color scheme again and I've read a lot of good about Corsair.

The biggest thing is, should I go with the new Ivy bridge cpu's or just get a I7 2700K Sandybridge. I've read the Ivy Bridge gets hotter than Sandy Bridge. That and the only update is the IGP but if I'm using a dedicated gpu that makes that kind of pointless.) I'm sure no matter what I go with it'll be an upgrade over my current build. (I was told my current cpu is really bottlenecking the gpu. Which has never happened to me before if that's the case, I've always needed a better gpu.)


Oh, thought I'd state that Probably around $500 is my limit, but kind of trying to watch my cost as well. So if anyone can suggest a build of those main components that would be fine. I'm going to Microcenter as there is one like 20 mins away. To help, use the OH- Central OH, Columbus store to know what is in stock.

Thanks for all the help.

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October 15, 2012 1:21:11 PM

Great, now get a I5 3570K and your set to go.. or wait, do you do more gaming than video editing? if so, then get the 3570k. if you do more rendering and such get a 2600K or 3770k
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October 15, 2012 1:22:40 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention, I probably do equal on gaming and on photo editing and video editing. I am in school for Photo/Video/ Audio Editing, but also do a lot of gaming in my spare time.

I also wished to state that I didn't plan on Overclocking for awhile. But have Overclocking in mind. Which cpu cooler should I go with? I know the stock won't allow for much if any overclocking. I should also state I've never put any thermal paste on my builds. (The coolers always had it pre-applied.) Thanks.
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October 15, 2012 1:35:11 PM


dragonwolf8504 said:
... (I was told my current cpu is really bottlenecking the gpu. Which has never happened to me before if that's the case, I've always needed a better gpu.)
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October 15, 2012 3:41:16 PM

Ok this is what you wanna get: a Intel Core I7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I went with the recommendation of a 2700K over a 3770K just because it is a little bit cooler BUT... be known the 3770K is 10% better than 2700K and the 3770K has PCI Express 3.0 while the 2700K does not. If you would like the 3770K here it is at 329.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

Also wise crack has a point. you CPU has been a bottleneck for you this whole time. You could have gotten a GTX 690 and still wouldn't have getten the performance you wanted because your CPU would hold you back
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October 15, 2012 4:15:57 PM

Wisecracker said:
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Ok, I never really thought about it It's been awhile since I built computers. So yeah, nice to learn something new. :)  Does the i5 3570K support pci-e 3.0? Since the gpu I have says it's pci-e 3.0. Thinking that the i5 3570 would be the best as it is $189.99 at Microcenter right now.
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October 15, 2012 4:23:49 PM

Yes ANY ivy bridge CPU will give you PCI Express 3.0 but Sandy Brdige Processors will not
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October 15, 2012 4:30:38 PM

Rockdpm said:
Yes ANY ivy bridge CPU will give you PCI Express 3.0 but Sandy Brdige Processors will not



Ok cool, think I'm gonna go with the i5 3570K (So I have some overclocking potential) and gonna upgrade my fans in my case. (They hardly move any air at all)

I'm gonna go with the ram and mobo I linked on my first post, and the i5 3570K w/ http://www.microcenter.com/product/392415/Water_20_Perf... for cooling.

The case I have is an Aerocool: http://www.aerocool.us/pgs/pgs-v/pgs_v_vx9pro.htm

Gonna upgrade ALL the fans

5x http://www.microcenter.com/product/326677/CMF-1225-BL_1... (Front, Bottom, Rear, 2x on top.)

1x http://www.microcenter.com/product/368969/MegaFlow_200m... on the side.

I don't think I will need to worry about cooling for awhile. (I'm extremely paranoid about cooling)

Keeping the current psu, gpu and case and other small misc. stuff.
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October 15, 2012 4:34:26 PM

Yea just as long as your hard drive and DVD and such support SATA oh and don't forget you need a copy of Windows 7 (Hurry before 8 takes over shelves).
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October 15, 2012 4:37:54 PM

Rockdpm said:
Yea just as long as your hard drive and DVD and such support SATA oh and don't forget you need a copy of Windows 7 (Hurry before 8 takes over shelves).



Yep all my HDD and DVD devices are SATA so no worries there.

I should be able to use my current version of windows 7 x64 with the new build as I'm just swapping mobo and cpu. And selling the old parts, not the old system. So I'm keeping my Win 7. But I understand what you say. Win 8 is nice, but I HATE it for gaming and everything really. (Tried the beta and everything up to now.) It's not really gamer friendly. (IMO)
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October 15, 2012 4:43:06 PM

Note: Winodws 7 will need to be re-installed after a motherboard change.. If you purchased a FULL RETAIL copy of windows youshould have to but may run into driver issues andwill want to re-install windows anyways. But even if you have a copy of windows 7 you will need to re-install windows, if your product key does not activate simply call Microsoft and tell them you got a new motherboard and need a windows key. and they will gladly give it to you.
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October 15, 2012 4:47:20 PM

Rockdpm said:
Note: Winodws 7 will need to be re-installed after a motherboard change.. If you purchased a FULL RETAIL copy of windows youshould have to but may run into driver issues andwill want to re-install windows anyways. But even if you have a copy of windows 7 you will need to re-install windows, if your product key does not activate simply call Microsoft and tell them you got a new motherboard and need a windows key. and they will gladly give it to you.



Yep, that's what I figured with Microsoft. Can't wait for a full Linux distro that can play windows games. But that's another topic. lol.
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October 16, 2012 2:44:49 PM

Best answer selected by dragonwolf8504.
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October 16, 2012 2:46:21 PM

Decided on the i5 3570K and a Gigabyte Z77X-D3H mobo combo (Saved $50 off the mobo by buying the combo. That and Microcenter isn't really carrying many MSI board anymore, they've had too many returns on MSI. Thanks for all the help!
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October 16, 2012 6:01:11 PM

good choice.
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