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CPU, Mobo, GPU, and RAM upgrade time. Approx. $1000. Good to go?

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August 5, 2012 5:44:11 PM

Hi guys,

As mentioned, I'm looking to upgrade CPU, Mobo, GPU, and RAM.

My current rig:
Asus P7P55D
i5-750
HD5850
4GB G.Skill 1333 cl7 (2x2)
Corsair TX650
CM Hyper 212+
CM690 case
Samsung Spinpoint f3 hdd
Intel 330 series ssd


Reason for upgrade: I don't want to have to look at the recommended system requirements (for games) for the next 2 years. 3 if possible!

I've checked some other threads and have come up with:

Intel Core i5-3570K
ASUS P8Z77-V
Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II, non-TOP version
(2x) G.Skill Ripjaws X (4GBx2) DDR3 1600/PC3-12800 (F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH) -- 16gb total

Can also get the EVGA GTX 670 FTW for pretty much the same price.

To simplify things, dont bother with Newegg prices. I think the parts I found should give you an idea of what price range I'm in. I live in the Philippines and high-end PC parts are generally 10-20% higher here.

Im just looking for some confirmation if this upgrade is ok and I havent missed anything.

System Usage: Just gaming on a 23 inch monitor @ 1920x1080 and occasionally watching a movie on a 51" plasma @ 720p

Parts Preferences: Asus Mobo, Gskill ram, Intel cpu, and would like to try Nvidia graphics this time around.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No


Some additional questions:
Can/should I still use the Hyper 212+?
Do I need extra fans? Currently just using the stock fans on the CM690. I won't be doing any overclocking.
Will my current PSU be enough?

Any thoughts/comments appreciated!

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August 5, 2012 5:48:17 PM

That upgrade is great, although you will never need anywhere near 16gb of ram. 8 is plenty for gaming.

Which ASUS P8Z77 V are you getting?

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1. Yes, use the 212+, the cooler the CPU is ther better.
2. Stock fans are probably plenty. You can install HWMonitor and watch your temps, if they get to high, worry about it then, but I think you will be fine.
3. PSU is good to go.
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August 5, 2012 5:55:22 PM

Looks overall pretty good, though Cranked is right, 8GB should do you fine.

I personally prefer the EVGA card. In the USA, it is for one cheaper. Also although Asus has pretty good customer service, I've found that EVGA is way better in that field as well. They have 24/7 tech support and are always willing to send me a replacement if I need one. In addition, the EVGA video card has faster core clocks. But in the end, can't go wrong with either. Both look like pretty good reviews as well (i've never used either).
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August 5, 2012 7:38:52 PM

cranked said:
That upgrade is great, although you will never need anywhere near 16gb of ram. 8 is plenty for gaming.

Which ASUS P8Z77 V are you getting?

questions:
1. Yes, use the 212+, the cooler the CPU is ther better.
2. Stock fans are probably plenty. You can install HWMonitor and watch your temps, if they get to high, worry about it then, but I think you will be fine.
3. PSU is good to go.


Just the regular one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Regarding the RAM, I realize 16gb isnt needed but its just so cheap now that Im thinking what the hell.
Would I need to go for a 16gb kit or can I just get (2) 8gb (4x2gb) kits?

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August 5, 2012 7:38:52 PM

cranked said:
That upgrade is great, although you will never need anywhere near 16gb of ram. 8 is plenty for gaming.

Which ASUS P8Z77 V are you getting?

questions:
1. Yes, use the 212+, the cooler the CPU is ther better.
2. Stock fans are probably plenty. You can install HWMonitor and watch your temps, if they get to high, worry about it then, but I think you will be fine.
3. PSU is good to go.


Just the regular one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Regarding the RAM, I realize 16gb isnt needed but its just so cheap now that Im thinking what the hell.
Would I need to go for a 16gb kit or can I just get (2) 8gb (2x4gb) kits?
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August 5, 2012 7:40:40 PM

Yes, you can get a 2x4GB kit.
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August 5, 2012 7:41:58 PM

I'd go with 4x4GB or 2x8GB, or so I'd recommend if you haven't bought any yet.
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August 5, 2012 7:43:00 PM

No, just no. 16GB is overkill for just watching TV and gaming.
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August 5, 2012 7:46:59 PM

While I agree with you Azeem, he was asking about a 16GB kit and what it'd require.

OP, do you realize you could invest that money somewhere more useful? Like in the graphics card?
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August 5, 2012 7:48:23 PM

He also asked if it is overkill and I answered yes it is. So he is reconsidering.
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August 5, 2012 8:53:35 PM

jackattack923 said:
While I agree with you Azeem, he was asking about a 16GB kit and what it'd require.

OP, do you realize you could invest that money somewhere more useful? Like in the graphics card?


You guys are right. Ill go with 8gb.

Have also decided on the EVGA card instead of the Asus

Thanks fellas!
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August 5, 2012 8:57:53 PM

Either is fine. Just know that the ASUS card is 1/4th quieter.
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August 6, 2012 7:31:16 AM

Best answer selected by miatchapalooza.
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