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August 28, 2012 6:50:20 PM

Hi everyone,

My GPU broke so I’m trying to do a build to upgrade my current system and I’d appreciate any feedback, comments... (cheaper MOBO, better CPU...)

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 1000-1500 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, MBO, RAM, GPU and HSF

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Spain

Parts Preferences: Asus MOBO, G.SKILL RAM

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Quiet PC is appreciated.

Why Are You Upgrading: My GPU broke.

This is the idea for now:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MOBO: Asus Sabertooth Z77
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8Gb(2x4096Mb) - PC12800(1600Mhz) - CL7 - 8GBXM
HSF: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System
GPU: Asus GeForce GTX670 DirectCU II TOP 2GB GDDR5

Thanks for your comments.

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August 28, 2012 7:00:25 PM

asrock extreme 4 z77 mobo or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H would save a little money rest looks good
August 28, 2012 7:16:50 PM

Asus p8z77-v or p8z77-vlk
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August 28, 2012 7:21:01 PM

Noctua D14 for cooling.
Get the mobo's suggested above.
You don't need CL7 RAM. Get a CL9 kit for cheaper.
August 28, 2012 7:58:33 PM

So...
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8Gb(2x4096Mb) - PC12800(1600Mhz) - CL9
HSF: Noctua NH-D14
GPU: Asus GeForce GTX670 DirectCU II TOP 2GB GDDR5

No need to save money, any improvement around $60? maybe 16GB?
August 28, 2012 8:12:29 PM

zulug said:
asrock extreme 4 z77 mobo or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H would save a little money rest looks good


Asrock z77 Extreme4 is great (Extreme6 is on sale right now if you wanna spend a bit more @ newegg)

HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. This will save you about $60 at least, and do the same job as the NH-D14. They are both great coolers, but realistically they both will do the exact same thing, and both will give you the exact same overclock.

RAM: 8GB of RAM seem to be the sweet spot, this would save you $40 give or take.

SSD: 128GB OCZ Agility 4 goes for about $85
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black

GPU: Check out the GTX 660 ti, its about $100 less than the 670, and performs very close to it.
August 28, 2012 8:13:36 PM

Nope, won't improve performance. Get the 670 4GB.
August 28, 2012 8:15:16 PM

empanada said:
So...
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8Gb(2x4096Mb) - PC12800(1600Mhz) - CL9
HSF: Noctua NH-D14
GPU: Asus GeForce GTX670 DirectCU II TOP 2GB GDDR5

No need to save money, any improvement around $60? maybe 16GB?


hyper 212 evo is a good cooler also but if money doesn't matter Noctua is good also. gpu, ram, mobo, and cpu all look very good now.
August 28, 2012 8:15:31 PM

garrettk4 said:
Asus p8z77-v or p8z77-vlk


obsama1 said:
Noctua D14 for cooling.
Get the mobo's suggested above.
You don't need CL7 RAM. Get a CL9 kit for cheaper.


The 3 best motherboards out there for less than $160:

Biostar TZ77XE3, ASRock Z77 Extreme4, and Gigabyte Z77X-D3H

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August 28, 2012 8:17:47 PM

The 660Ti doesn't perform close to the 670.
August 28, 2012 8:18:58 PM

zulug said:
hyper 212 evo is a good cooler also but if money doesn't matter Noctua is good also. gpu, ram, mobo, and cpu all look very good now.


Be better off with a custom water cooling system then. Should run about $200-$400.
August 28, 2012 8:19:04 PM

obsama1 said:
The 660Ti doesn't perform close to the 670.


Close enough, check the benchmarks some time.
August 28, 2012 8:22:33 PM

Whatever

If 6fps are worth $100 then you just need to get the 690 and be done with this. And unless your gonna get an SSD with this build why bother buying a GPU at all.
August 28, 2012 8:30:30 PM

Id stick with the 670 especially since how much money he saving from switching mobo's
August 28, 2012 8:36:11 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
Be better off with a custom water cooling system then. Should run about $200-$400.



Good suggestion but he's heading over his $1500 budget. Gotta admit though from a personal perspective I've never tried water cooling and its on my bucket list lol.
August 28, 2012 8:38:06 PM

Play nice people. For less than a GTX 670 you can get a well cooled 7970.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note with the promo code it is $395.

Empanada, please list your PSU and case.

The ideal quiet cooling solution is the Corsair H100 with proper fans in push/pull, if your case and budget allows.
August 28, 2012 8:41:07 PM

The 660Ti compared to the 670 isn't like comparing the 670 to the 680, where they're very similar. There's a bigger gap. But I digress.
August 28, 2012 9:10:21 PM

The PSU is probably directly related to the GPU failing. Read the PSU guide linked in my sig please.
August 28, 2012 9:31:09 PM

Maybe I'm wrong but I think my GPU died because it was a 8800GT and it's not the only one (error 43). I think the PSU was ok for this GPU.
Now I'm pretty sure I've to pick a new PSU, so... what about Antec Hcg-750?
August 28, 2012 11:27:54 PM

A nice PSU at a good price. Will cover the second GTX 670 or 7970 if you decide to add a second at some point.
August 29, 2012 7:00:42 AM

Never will be a second GPU, I'm sure.
Please, tell me if my current PSU is ok for this build or I've to buy a new one.
August 29, 2012 8:47:47 AM

Im pretty sure Newegg doesnt ship to Spain lol o.o
August 29, 2012 5:07:49 PM

That PSU has had one review that was decent
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=es&rurl=transl...

It's made by HEC, which would not be my first choice... but it's heavily engineered by BeQuiet which might be a good thing. My only real objection is that it hasn't had a lot of reviews. I think it's probably similar to an OCZ PSU.

You could get a Corsair TX650, and that would be a great choice. It is a bit more expensive

non-modular
http://www.pccomponentes.com/corsair_tx650_v2_650w.html

modular
http://www.pccomponentes.com/corsair_tx650m_650w_modula...

August 29, 2012 5:43:52 PM

Sounds good to me. BTW, thanks for the spanish links :p 

I read your PSU guide and if I’ve not misunderstood now I think my current PSU is enough.
Please, tell me if I’m wrong and why.
August 29, 2012 6:25:16 PM

The Nox PSU you linked was made in about 2009 by Superflower. It has never been reviewed properly.

These days, Superflower makes some of the worlds best PSUs. This was not always the case though. They made this 700W PSU in 2008:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

He didn't like the voltage regulation or the build quality. I would guess that your Nox PSU is the same or nearly the same internally to that one.

If you want to build with that PSU, I strongly recommend that you test it under load with a multimeter when you are done. Check each rail and make sure it is providing power in spec.
August 29, 2012 6:33:54 PM

I prefer not to take risks, Corsair TX650 will be.

Final build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9S-8GXM
HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 650W

Any final improvement about $60?
August 29, 2012 7:27:10 PM

I think there will be no problem fitting the cooler and the ram, my current cooler is bigger and there is about 3 cm between them. How can I be sure?
August 29, 2012 7:37:47 PM

Well, it's more about the height of the cooler. I did a search though and it looks like there is not going to be a problem. The very first RAM slot may be blocked but you will be using the second and 4th, anyway. You never use the slot closest to the CPU, when you are using just two sticks. At least for Asus boards.
August 29, 2012 7:53:37 PM

Fantastic!
One last question, as I'm not saving money, what do you think, Asus P8Z77-V, Asus P8Z77-V PRO or Asus Sabertooth Z77?
August 29, 2012 8:08:23 PM

Since you are not a hard core overclocker and don't intend to do SLI or crossfire, I think the P8Z77-V is all you need. Now, if you can find the new version with Thunderbolt:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It might be nice to have that functionality. I can't say if you will ever need it, but then that's the point, getting something because it might come in handy later.
August 29, 2012 8:22:39 PM

Out of stock so no changes.

Final build, thanks everyone and especially to Proximon:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9S-8GXM
HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 650W
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