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Upgrading my PC ($1000 budget)

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June 19, 2012 3:06:15 PM

This is what I've got atm.

Silver Power SP-SS650 650W PSU
ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus Bronze, Standard, 1× 6pin PC

Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3, P55, Socket-1156
4xDDR3, ATX, GbLAN, USB3.0, PCI-Ex(2.0)x16

Intel Core? i7 Quad Processor i7-860
Quad Core, 2.80Ghz, Socket 1156, 8MB, 95W, Boxed w

Crucial DDR3 1333MHz 4GB KIT, CL9,
Kit w/two matched DDR3 2GB, 240pin

MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB PhysX CUDA
PCI-Express 2.0, "HAWK", GDDR5, 2xDVI, native-mini

Hitachi Deskstar? P7K1000.C 500GB, 7200R
16MB Cache, SATA

It plays most things, mainly playing bf3, but I feel it's time to upgrade. I've been told by I need to upgrade the processor, motherboard and ram. Personally I have no idea. Really. No clue.

I set a $1000 budget, but I live in Norway and prices are a bit high here. We earn lots, but everything is overpriced :p  I guess I can stretch myself to $1500.

Any help would be welcome. I can provide more info if needed. I barely know what info I typed in here anyways ;) 

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June 19, 2012 3:26:22 PM

I think you only need to upgrade to x79 with a budget like that.

I would get an asus sabertooth x79

and a i7 extreme processor
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June 19, 2012 3:39:31 PM

I would look at getting a better CPU cooler, and overclocking your current CPU, then getting a better graphics card. That should be considerably cheaper than $1000!
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June 19, 2012 3:42:16 PM

This rig is fine the way it is why upgrade?
June 19, 2012 3:56:18 PM

MANOFKRYPTONAK said:
This rig is fine the way it is why upgrade?


I guess I should have said something about that. My usb ports are failing for some reason. I've had friends (I call them pc experts) check my drivers and they've conducted all kinds of tests. They tell me there is something wrong with my motherboard, and it needs to go.

And I get good discount if I buy over $1000 (approx. 5000 norwegian kroner), so I thought I'd upgrade other stuff as well.
June 19, 2012 6:08:17 PM

moldgrim said:
I guess I should have said something about that. My usb ports are failing for some reason. I've had friends (I call them pc experts) check my drivers and they've conducted all kinds of tests. They tell me there is something wrong with my motherboard, and it needs to go.

And I get good discount if I buy over $1000 (approx. 5000 norwegian kroner), so I thought I'd upgrade other stuff as well.


Like I said for a high budget the extreme intel series are sweet! Get a nice Asus sabertooth mobo
June 20, 2012 11:24:03 AM


KINGSTON DDR3 HYPERX 8GB 1600MHZ CL9 (2X4GB) x2

SAMSUNG 830 SERIES 128GB SSD SATA/600 MLC

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H Z77 S-1155 ATX IVY

INTEL CORE I7 3770 3.4GHZ 8MB S-1155 IVY

I'm able to get this for approx. $800 (I get a 25% discount on the processor and motherboard :)  ). Any thoughts?

I don't want to ignore your help so far, so I thought I'd go for one of those i7 processors you mentioned, 2fast2thetown_down :) 
June 20, 2012 2:12:53 PM

Yeah that looks good. Why didnt you go with an asus sabertooth? That is a great price!!
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June 20, 2012 2:20:47 PM

2fast4thetown_down said:
Yeah that looks good. Why didnt you go with an asus sabertooth? That is a great price!!

Ditto on the Sabertooth board, they're awesome. Not to mention they come with a 5 year warranty.
June 20, 2012 2:23:01 PM

nekulturny said:
Ditto on the Sabertooth board, they're awesome. Not to mention they come with a 5 year warranty.

Yeah I wish I could afford it :( 
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