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July 29, 2012 12:34:43 PM

Hi there I have a Older build and I am upgrading my budget is about $750 - $780

I am looking to get as follows:
i5 2500k sandy bridge
Acrock mobo
GTX 670
I already have ram that is decent and a Samsung 830 SSD and a western digital green 1.5TB running 120mm x3 case fans.

I guess I have two questions not sure if they can be answered but here goes.

1. Can my 500 watt PSU power a rig like this or will I need a upgrade.

2. Will this rig last 3 or 4 years playing games now that being said I know it will play them maxed now but will it probably play them maybe medium in 4 years? I just want something to last through the rest of college and into a year or do of my career.
July 29, 2012 12:47:22 PM

1. That depends on the make and model of your PSU. Offhand I would say no, you'll need an upgrade; but something like a seasonic with a strong 12v rail could handle it.

2. Yeah, it'll be fine.
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July 29, 2012 12:57:58 PM

1: id get a i5 3570k instead since it is faster and newer'
2: id get a asus p8z77-v LK but the asrock extreme4 is ok as well
3: for the 670, id either get the gigabyte or the asus
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July 29, 2012 2:42:36 PM

I was looking at te evga 670 FTW.

And the i5 2500k is cheaper the. The ivy and I don't see how ivy will make that big a difference also I have read that ivy runs a little hotter.
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July 29, 2012 2:51:36 PM

ivy runs cooler except on an overclock.

what kind of RAM is in your older system?
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July 29, 2012 2:55:51 PM

4GB of DDR3 1600 G skill not sure the model but it's the basic I think. It gets 7.5 in windows its my 2nd highest score
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July 29, 2012 2:59:29 PM

might want 8gb

ivy bridge has PCI-E 3 and native usb3. pci-e 3 is more compatable with the 600 and 7000 series of video cards

the ftw is good but id get either the gigabyte or the asus. open air coolers are better coolers.
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July 29, 2012 3:24:53 PM

@troll
Technically there's no real world performance difference between PCIE 3.0 and 2.0 unless you run a bench program to get a bunch of additional numbers.
What do you mean by Native USB 3.0?

@OP
What's your gaming resolution? The hardware gets outdated the moment you buy it, you can't expect to play all the modern games at very high quality, maybe for another year but after that you experience a massive decrease in your gamin FPS.

Everything you listed seems to be fine, maybe an additional set of 4 GBs of RAM, difference between Ivy and Sandy is around 5-7% and you won't feel it in real world performance specially in gaming, besides, yea it gets hotter and for sure your'e going to OC.
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July 29, 2012 3:32:15 PM

My resolution is 1680x1050 and I will be over clock the CPU to probably 4.0GHz I plan to buy a after maker cooler but besides CPU I will not be over clocking.

I can handle lower settings in games but I mostly play mmo's and there graphics don't go up much from year to year for example I will be playing guild wars 2 I don't switch games often so ya.
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July 29, 2012 3:38:25 PM

Don't worry, this resolution is not demanding and can be maxed out easily without sacrificing IQ, so the card will serve you for a quite long time. Make sure your PSU is a quality branded one.
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July 29, 2012 3:40:17 PM

It is a OCZ 500 Watt
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July 29, 2012 3:41:30 PM

OCZ what?
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July 29, 2012 3:46:50 PM

OCZ 500Watt ModXstream pro
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July 29, 2012 4:39:19 PM

Ok nothing wrong about that PSU, you're good to go.
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July 29, 2012 4:42:01 PM

Thank you for your input I will go ahead with my plan!
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July 29, 2012 5:21:34 PM

Best answer selected by Jtwire2012.
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July 29, 2012 6:09:15 PM

native usb3 means that it is provided by the z77 chipset

the modxstream series werent that reliable. stick to corsair, seasonic, xfx, pc power and cooling and certain antec and rosewell units
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July 29, 2012 6:11:02 PM

jtwire2012 said:
My resolution is 1680x1050 and I will be over clock the CPU to probably 4.0GHz I plan to buy a after maker cooler but besides CPU I will not be over clocking.

I can handle lower settings in games but I mostly play mmo's and there graphics don't go up much from year to year for example I will be playing guild wars 2 I don't switch games often so ya.


if you are overclocking to 4.0ghz, its a no brainer with ivy bridge. they dont heat up until you start cranking voltages which you shouldnt until you pass 4.3ghz. not to mention that ivy bridge uses much lower voltages
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July 29, 2012 6:20:58 PM

TheBigTroll said:
native usb3 means that it is provided by the z77 chipset

Who cares? If the onboard chipset or a 3rd party manufacture make the chipset, there was an article on Toms stating no difference between various USB 3.0 controllers.

TheBigTroll said:
the modxstream series werent that reliable. stick to corsair, seasonic, xfx, pc power and cooling and certain antec and rosewell units

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July 29, 2012 6:26:12 PM

cant view the photo that is posted....
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July 29, 2012 8:27:50 PM

With the 670 I know my CPU will bottle neck it for now it's a phenom II x4 B55 3.2Ghz but even with bottle neck it should max out games currently with my resolution!
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