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Upgrading rig, 1000-1500 budget

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July 11, 2012 3:34:33 AM

Here is my rig that I currently own.

Case---http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EPUQAE/ref=oh_deta...

Mobo--- Gigabyte Z68X-UD3-B3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU---Intel i5 3.3Ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

--has after market fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU--- Antec High Current Gamer 750w http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046L1PC6/ref=oh_deta...

HDD--- 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM---DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 8gigs (2x4) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU----MSI GTX 560Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think that is everything major. Please ask if I missed something that could be helpfull.

Okay so I built this trying to make a "monster rig" but ended up pussing out and building it kinda half ass.
I have about $1000-1500 (US) to make this thing future proof. The one thing I'd like to say is I do not want to spend $1,000 on something stupid like a Radeon 6990.
I wanna make the most out of the money I can which I think is perfectly reasonable. Thank you for any help, and I look forward to your response.




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a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2012 4:07:53 AM

Here's what I would do personally;
Add a 128 GB SSD for system/boot drive
Put GTX GTX 560Ti on Ebay, upgrade to GTX 670, perhaps two in SLI but I don't think I would do that at this time (no current need I am aware of).

Have you considered water cooling? A system like this is fairly easy to install in your case... XSPC Raystorm RX240 Extreme
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15402/ex-wat-207/XSPC...
or the Swiftech H20-220 EDGE HD
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14569/ex-wat-185/Swif...
both offer excellent cooling and expandability - can provide for better clocks - just a suggestion.
July 11, 2012 6:56:46 AM

Okay I had the same idea for the 670, I'm glad everyone agrees on that. I was thinking about SSD, but wasn't sure which to get. Water cooling always seemed like something a step above my level. I'm really interested cuz I'd like to overclock my CPU but was always of over heating.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2012 7:08:11 AM

Bigcyco1's suggestion for an SSD is very good, I think better still (but still a little expensive comparatively) is the intel 520. Either one would be a very nice addition I think.
Watercooling isn't as hard as you would think - there are a few considerations when adding water to an electronic environment but the stickies here at Tom's along with numerous youtube vids (not to mention you can always ask for help here) can have you wondering why you hadn't tried it sooner.
July 11, 2012 8:08:02 AM

Thank you very much that is a very helpful article.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2012 8:28:09 AM

or... if you really want the best performance you can get and are willing to spent a lot of money i reccomend you buy two HD 7970's and overclock them.

For the top card stick with the reference model as it doesnt blow hot air into the bottom card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The bottom card can also use a blower design.According to toms' review on aftermarket HD7970's this one has the best cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You should also buy an SSD.Take a at the Vertex 3 series.They are sandforce based, faster than Crucial M4's and cost less.A 120GB Model should be enough.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And finally, to avoid a bottleneck you need to overclock your CPU.With your cooler 4.5Ghz should be very easy.
July 11, 2012 6:55:28 PM

I thought the 670 blew the 7970 out of the water? Wouldn't it make more sense to get a 670 and SLI and overclock them? Thank you for the SSD advice, I was having trouble trying to pick the right one. And you really think I can get those speeds on my CPU with this cooler?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2012 10:16:56 PM

citizensoldier said:
I thought the 670 blew the 7970 out of the water? Wouldn't it make more sense to get a 670 and SLI and overclock them? Thank you for the SSD advice, I was having trouble trying to pick the right one. And you really think I can get those speeds on my CPU with this cooler?
Yes 670 are better bang for buck your on the right track bud ;) 
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