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Should I upgrade my Gaming System

Last response: in Components
January 1, 2013 2:53:10 AM

I currently have a 3.5yr old system with a few minor upgrades since I purchased it
I play my games all at 2560x1440p max settings
also photoshop and general web browsing/downloading

This is my current system
i7 920 (D0) @ 4ghz *stable*
Corsair H100 Cooler
Corsair Obsidian 800D
12gb Kingston Hyper X ddr 1600mhz @ 1200mhz *due to stability issues @ 1600mhz*
Antec truepower quattro 1000w
240gb Sandisk SSD Extreme *new*
MSI 7870 Hawk *new*
Dell u2713hm *new*

I'm thinking of upgrading to this and need recommendations.

(all parts will be purchased from msy)

Socket 1155
- i5 3570k ($227)
- i7 3770k ($332)

Motherboards (bugdet $150 - $200)

- ASRock Z77-Extreme6 ($165)
- ASRorck Z77-Professional-M ($188)
- MSI Z77 Mpower ($198)
- Gigabyte G1-Sniper-M3 ($178)

Socket 2011

- i7 3820 ($295)
* i7 3930k is too expensive for me *

Extra Cash on top for future proofing if worth it

Motherboards (bugdet $200- $300)
- ASRock Extreme 6 ($235)
- MSI X79A-GD65 ($265)
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ($217)
(purshing the limits on budget)
- Asus P9X79-Pro ($319)
- Rampage IV Gene-X79 ($315)

Should I upgrade or just stick with my current Setup for another year or two ******

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January 1, 2013 5:03:00 AM

You have a good i7 with great amount of ram and good stuff ... Keep up with your system until socket 2011 boards and processor become less expensive (as the 1155 socket is right now).

It won't give you so much power upgrading to Ivy bridge, just a few pourcents. You should've buy a better graphic card considering that you play at 2560x1440 ... it will do it but you will need to change it again to keep up with the games at that resolution.

Overall, that PC can do one more year MAYBE 2 if the games don't get too developped.

Anyway, happy new year

- The Brownie
January 2, 2013 12:07:20 AM

You have got to be kidding me. If you really think you need an upgrade if you play all of those at 2560x1440 and max settings, then you must not know hardware very well at all.
January 2, 2013 1:01:08 AM

Unless money is absolutely no object I would use that rig for now, crossfire with a second video card when the timing is right (price versus performance in games) and eventually just build a whole new rig. You mention that it's a gaming rig, yet your upgrade path is purely cpu/mobo/ram combos. While these will have some affect on your gaming performance I think you have lost sight of what your goal is. Only if gaming is a source of income for you and the extra few frames translate into tangible benefits would I reccommend those upgrades at this time.