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Cheap, future proof PC to last me until the 780 series

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July 25, 2012 7:59:36 AM

Hello,

I have been looking at building a computer system and I am wondering if buying a GTX 670 now would be a waste of time considering the GTX 7xx series is just around the corner. I was thinking that I would just get a GTX 550ti for now and when the GTX 7xx series comes out (or AMD 8xxx series, depending on which one is better) just get one of those and drop it in with the 550ti as a Physx processor or perhaps just an extra card to play around with.

The specs that I'm looking at are as follows:

Case:
XClio Godspeed Advanced ($55)

CPU:
Intel Core i5 3570 ($218)

Motherboard:
MSI Z68A-G43G3 ($109)
or
Asrock Z77 EXTREME4-M ($125)

Hard Drive:
WD 500GB CAviar Blue ($68)

RAM:
Kingston Hyper X 1600mhz 2x4GB ($55)

PSU:
Thermaltake TR-600P TR2 RX ($85)

GPU:
Gigabyte GTX 550 TI 1GB ($117)

Will this system be OK to just drop in a 780 and go?
Which motherboard will do the job better?
Is the whole idea a good one in the first place or should I just get a 670 now and SLI them later when the 7xx series comes out and the price goes down?
July 25, 2012 8:11:46 AM

Firstly the TR2 series of PSU and the GTX 550Ti are 2 pieces of hardware that i would avoid all together @@ The latter offers awful price/performance and this was what hardwaresecrets had to say about the TR2 line
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-TR2-...
Quote:
Thermaltake TR2 RX 750 W is, according to our methodology, a flawed product that must be avoided at all costs. It can’t deliver its labeled wattage at high temperatures, but this is not the worst of it: ripple and noise level are way above the maximum allowed when you pull 80% or more from the unit’s labeled capacity (i.e., 600 W and above), overloading your components (especially electrolytic capacitors from the motherboard and video cards), which can cause your PC to present an erratic behavior (crashes and random resets) and, under extreme conditions, damage components.


Next for us to better help u
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

Get a quality PSU and if $$ were an issue HD 7850s can go as low as $220ish? Else get the GTX 670/HD 7970 asap
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July 25, 2012 8:12:42 AM

futureproof you say? go with the z77 board, the msi z68 board doesn't have a usb 3.0 header and future cases will surely have usb 3.0 headers as usb 2.0 gets replaced by usb 3.0. I think you need to get another PSU. Thermaltake are not really good in power supplies. Go with trusted and proven brands like corsair, seasonic or antec.
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July 25, 2012 8:48:05 PM

It was my first post here so sorry about not reading the rules beforehand.

Thanks for the advice. Will definitely change the mobo and PSU.
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