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September 17, 2012 6:25:50 PM

Hi guys, i'm looking to upgrade from my old Core2Duo. I'm a big MMO player and do play BF3. Since this is will be my first real build i did alot of research on components and such, which left me a bit lost because like everyone i want the "best bang for my bucks".

So i was set on ordering a 3570k build along with a 670gtx ,ssd,and all that good stuff, the system was about 1200$. That being said kept on reading on stuff and i learned that not only haswell would come out soon but the next generation of graphics cards would as well.
Which lead me on asking my self should i lower my budget to upgrade when that come out later? Or just ignore that and kept on going?

Knowing i want the best for my money,so i went ahead try out the idea and did a 750$ build that i could upgrade later.
I could probly keep same cpu but i do consider gpu to be a important peice worth the investment so since i already own a6770 i could buy a other one and xfire until next gen come out and i already have a 500gb HDD i could reuse all i would need are the rest of the system's component. (tower only no os)
So what guy think i should do ? Go ahead with a full upgrade or go slowly and wait for next gen ?

Here's the builds that i've made so far:
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/hCpa original build for about 1200$ and http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/hIda for about 750$ reusing some of my old stuff and upgrading later

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September 17, 2012 6:33:15 PM

The $1200 build looks great, that $750 build could use a bit of tweaking - the 6770 is old and outdated, and I wouldn't purchase a 3570K on that kind of budget and limit yourself with an inferior GPU that's three generations old now.

Try this for $750:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $782.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 14:33 EDT-0400)
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September 17, 2012 6:50:34 PM

Thx for the fast reply so its really not worth it buying a second 6770,even tho i already own 1 =\ ? And also your build have no ssd =\ which is a must have sorry if i didnt precise it earlier
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September 17, 2012 6:53:17 PM

jaudain said:
Thx for the fast reply so its really not worth it buying a second 6770,even tho i already own 1 =\ ? And also your build have no ssd =\ which is a must have sorry if i didnt precise it earlier


That kind of budget I usually don't include SSDs as you don't want to trade speed for space - especially with the size of most of today's games (BF3 will take a steep 25GB chunk out of your hard drive).

I'm not going to say it's worth buying a second 6770 at all - you're better off replacing it with a 7850 or 7870, that will get you far better results in BF3.
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September 17, 2012 7:02:07 PM

I see, alright thx for the advice , so what if i would go with the 1200$ build but tweak it a bit lower gpu power for more ssd space like a 660gtx or 128 gb is enough i would probly need to store 3game on it +my os
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September 17, 2012 7:04:44 PM

jaudain said:
I see, alright thx for the advice , so what if i would go with the 1200$ build but tweak it a bit lower gpu power for more ssd space like a 660gtx or 128 gb is enough i would probly need to store 3game on it +my os


Radeon 7950 is a better GPU than the 660TI is, but I'd still go for a 500GB - 1TB mechanical HD over an SSD if you can help it. You have to keep in mind that on a 128GB SSD, after formatting, you have maybe 112.5GB free, Windows install takes 16GB, so you're left with 90GB after that. And the more you install the more Windows functionality you begin to lose.
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September 17, 2012 7:08:37 PM

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September 17, 2012 10:03:40 PM

Thanks for the advices guy ill probly stick to my original plan and see if i can save up for a bigger SSD iguess waiting for next gen hardware just aint worth it =\
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September 17, 2012 10:04:17 PM

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