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Upgrading Computer from Dual Core to Quad Core etc.

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July 19, 2012 8:07:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of August Budget Range: $700-$1000 Before Rebates / After Shipping System

Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photo/Video Editing, Watching internet tv.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mobo, RAM, Graphics Card, Powersupply, Case

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com

Location: NJ/USA Parts Preferences:

AMD build vs INTEL build open to both Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: Lights, fans, window.

Parts not needed HD, DVD Drive, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Headphones, OS.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Computer is 5 years old time for an overhaul was a college graduation build.

==AMD Build==

Computer Case - NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3 AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total around $860

==INTEL Build==
All parts are the same as above except:

CPU - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - May see what the 660 TI has to offer when it comes out in August

Total around $970

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? I recently posted a thread about upgrading my 8800 gtx and got some feedback. Taking some of those notes into consideration for all of this.
July 19, 2012 8:45:03 PM

I would go with an Intel build, getting the i5-2500k.

For your graphics card, if you are not getting a higher resolution monitor, you can downgrade to a radeon 6870. This card will run everything at that resolution very well. If you want to completely max out graphics, then maybe a 7850, but any more than this, you won't notice the fps increase.
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July 20, 2012 6:41:26 PM

Chairman Ray said:
I would go with an Intel build, getting the i5-2500k.

For your graphics card, if you are not getting a higher resolution monitor, you can downgrade to a radeon 6870. This card will run everything at that resolution very well. If you want to completely max out graphics, then maybe a 7850, but any more than this, you won't notice the fps increase.


Thanks for the reply. Just as a precaution if my current monitor dies I would probably be using the 1920x1080 resolution.
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