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October 16, 2012 4:22:29 PM

Hello community,

It has come to that time when I think I will need to upgrade from my current system of:
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan,
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Hard Drive ST31500341AS - 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, SATA-3G
Intel Core i5 750 Processor - 2.66GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core
Asus P7P55D LE Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, Core i5, 2133MHz, DDR3
Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 XMS 8GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 2x 4GB
Cooler Master Hyper N520 Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR
Cooler Master Centurion 5 - Silver ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports (C283-1002)

I am going to be trying to keep my TOWER, RAM, HDD, HEATSINK, VIDEO CARD and migrate it over to the new configuration.

As I was looking to upgrade my motherboard, it looked like I needed to upgrade my CPU and vice versa. So I will be posting the question in this topic instead of the motherboard since most good MB I have been looking at will take the newer CPU's.

Now I know money is always a restriction, however I do a lot of gaming and have a YouTube channel that I produce high quality gameplay footage, so spending money on a great computer is something I am not against. I initially spent around 1k and with my additions prob around 1.5k, however the CPU and Motherboard look out of date :(  My cap is probably 500 for both, but I can be flexible... Don't just go crazy on me ;)  but I would like to give you free range at what you think the best CPU out there is with my configuration and what motherboard would not only support that CPU but expansions for the future.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and hope to get some good input :) 
-Pitchingace88

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October 16, 2012 4:44:45 PM

honestly, your i5 should be enough, you might try to overclock it. you might aswell think about getting a second HD 6950 like me, if you want to get more performance. If you do really want to upgrade your cpu/motherboard, what do you want to go for, AMD or Intel?
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October 16, 2012 4:53:20 PM

ifreakyftw said:
honestly, your i5 should be enough, you might try to overclock it. you might aswell think about getting a second HD 6950 like me, if you want to get more performance. If you do really want to upgrade your cpu/motherboard, what do you want to go for, AMD or Intel?


Don't have much of a preference, the Intel has done well for me. I have been told though that the socket LGA 1156 for my CPU is no longer really made so if I wanted to upgrade my MB I would have to upgrade to a decent CPU or even the Z77. Friends are recommending http://microcenter.com/product/388577Core_i5_3570K_34GH...
ProcessorCore i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor $189.99

Is there really a drastic change between i5 and i7? Actually I should just check this forum lol so scratch that question.

I am looking for this to be the last real upgrade for my main computer, I will be probably adding another video card, monitor to my setup, fans and whatnot... but my current board doesn't support 2 video cards :( 




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October 16, 2012 5:03:58 PM

You maybe able to overclock your processor to pull a little more out of it. The Intel® Core™ i5-750 was and still is a good processor for gaming.

If you are really looking to upgrade right now and if you live anywhere near a Microcenter you can pick up an Intel Core i5-3570K and a board like the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 for a very reasonable cost.
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October 16, 2012 5:08:29 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
You maybe able to overclock your processor to pull a little more out of it. The Intel® Core™ i5-750 was and still is a good processor for gaming.

If you are really looking to upgrade right now and if you live anywhere near a Microcenter you can pick up an Intel Core i5-3570K and a board like the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 for a very reasonable cost.


I work 5 minutes away from one, thinking of swinging by there after work sometime after I gain some knowledge. I hate making quick decisions and thankfully due to internet I don't have to :] there are people out there who are knowledgeable and very nice to help, thank you guys who post
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October 16, 2012 5:09:14 PM

pitchingace88 said:
Is there really a drastic change between i5 and i7? Actually I should just check this forum lol so scratch that question.


The difference between an Intel® Core™ i5-3570K and the Intel Core i7-3770K really comes down to hyper-threading. Right now very few games with use more then 4 threads and those that do give only a small performance boost for that hyper. Since there is almost $100 difference in price you can get better performannce from your system using that money on the video card or an SSD. That is why so many of us advise that for gaming the Intel Core i5-3570K is the processor of choice.
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October 16, 2012 5:10:13 PM

MicroCenter has price match just like Fry's.
they also have combo deals that are in-store only.
I just got an i5-3570K with tax for $195 out the door and could have had a deal on mobo but didn't need one.

http://microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34G...
Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
$189.99

http://microcenter.com/product/387556/GA-Z77X-UD3H_LGA_...
GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
$149.99

http://microcenter.com/product/393422/P8Z77-V_LK_LGA_11...
P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
$124.99 - $104 after rebate

the motherboard price is internet priced or store priced without combo deal.
once you go in just ask what combo deals they have with the 3570K..

also look for a motherboard that does at least x8/x8 in dual mode, do not settle for a x16/x4 in dual mode motherboard.
this is for more optimal CF-X if running HD Radeon and SLi will not work on x16/x4 legitimately, it has to be at least x8/x8..

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October 16, 2012 5:35:08 PM

What about the more expensive ones? Worth spending more on a MB such as:

http://microcenter.com/product/386888/P8Z77-V_Deluxe_LG...

http://microcenter.com/product/386888/P8Z77-V_Deluxe_LG...

or go crazy for:
http://microcenter.com/product/397988/Z77_OC_Formula_LG...

http://microcenter.com/product/395444/P8Z77-V_PRO-THUND...

I don't always feel the need to spend more money, but since job #2 is a salesman, I am always curious what would justify spending 50 bucks more? or even 150?
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October 16, 2012 5:39:39 PM

You need to factor a new power supply in your budget. Or at least I would. That Ultra is ShenZhen RuiSheng Yuan
made crap that should be labeled 600 watts at the most. It is supposed to make 45 amps for 540 watts on the 12v rail, not that I believe it can actually provide that continuously. It's not even 80 Plus certified.
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October 16, 2012 5:46:07 PM

anort3 said:
You need to factor a new power supply in your budget. Or at least I would. That Ultra is ShenZhen RuiSheng Yuan
made crap that should be labeled 600 watts at the most. It is supposed to make 45 amps for 540 watts on the 12v rail, not that I believe it can actually provide that continuously. It's not even 80 Plus certified.


Didn't even consider the power supply, dang so 400-500 bucks for CPU/MB/Power Supply, hmmmm this is why I like doing research online and asking people who know their stuff
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October 16, 2012 6:21:07 PM

A system with a single HD 6950 needs a recommended 500w power supply. 700 watts if you plan on adding a second card in Crossfire.

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm


Microcenter seems to have a very limited PSU selection and what they do have is overpriced.

Here are some very good models that are reasonably priced. The Rosewill is 80 Plus Gold certified. The Seasonic and the Antec are modular.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...


If I was choosing between them I would have to flip a coin between the Seasonic ( best overall power supply manufacturer ) M12, the Seasonic made XFX and the Super Flower ( very good manufacturer ) made Rosewill. It would be hard to not get an 80 Plus Gold unit for that price.
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October 16, 2012 7:17:11 PM

I am a big fan of the SeaSonic M12II 620w. It is modular, comes with a 5 year warranty and is only $89 on Newegg.com.
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October 16, 2012 7:34:23 PM

+1
Seasonic 620w...
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October 16, 2012 7:44:38 PM

I would wait till haswell to buy a new board. Lga 1155 will be outdated in a few months and the i5 750 is good enough. Upgrade your power supply and add another 6950 maybe? I would be pretty satisfied with your specs so I really don't recommend any change :p 
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October 16, 2012 9:19:30 PM

Best answer selected by pitchingace88.
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October 16, 2012 9:39:12 PM

Thought, if I were to get the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K would I need to get a new heatsink as well??? I was looking at it and it looks like my current heatsink wasn't compatible with the 1156, but not sure if it was made, can I just move it over or will I have to get another heatsink as well
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October 16, 2012 9:52:28 PM

a really crappy one comes with the processor and should do just fine if your NOT planning on OC'ing. However if you DO plan to OC, go with a big honking air setup like the CM HYPER 212 or you could go with a closed loop watercooling solution if you plan on heavily OC'ing.
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October 16, 2012 9:55:49 PM

MotherFerJones said:
a really crappy one comes with the processor and should do just fine if your NOT planning on OC'ing. However if you DO plan to OC, go with a big honking air setup like the CM HYPER 212 or you could go with a closed loop watercooling solution if you plan on heavily OC'ing.


I would really like to watercool at some point, but my limited experience scares me, plus I would be looking into another case since my current one won't support it. I think I will be doing the CM HYPER 212 if my case doesn't cool down the CPU like I want it to. With how heavy I run my PC, I don't like the stock fans
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October 16, 2012 10:06:33 PM

I dont think anyone "LIKES" stock fans/heatsinks, but they get the job done "somewhat" lol. I was actually suggesting a closed loop, all you do is install it like a normal fan/heatsink, it comes sealed and pre-filled, there usually somewhere between 70-100 bucks but they do offer outstanding cooling. Im using the intel liquid cooling soultion for 2011/1155/1156 and it hasnt done me wrong in the 6 months ive had it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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