An Allrounder Upgrade (USD 1500)

Hello,

I've been with my Q9400 (with HD4870) for about 3 years now and my company has allocated some fund for upgrades. I hope to utilise it for better working experience.

My existing built:
1. CPU: Intel Quadcore Q9400 (Stock clock)
2. Mobo: MSI 7514
3. CPU Cooler: Stock Cooler
4. RAM: Common RAM 4Gb (2x2) (dual channel)
5. GPU: Sapphire ATI Raedon 4870
6. PSU: Cooler Master Modular 520W
7. HDD: Seagate 1TB
8. Case: Cooler Master Elite 310
9: OS: Win XP SP3 32bit


Below is what i consider to upgrade:
1. CPU: Intel i7 -3770k (looking to OC above 4.0)
2. Mobo: ASROCK Z77 Extreme 4
3. CPU Cooler: CM Hyper212 evo
4. RAM: Kingston Hyper-X 8GB (dual channel)
5. GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 OC Winforce
6. PSU: Seasonic X Gold 760W
7. HDD: Mushkin 240GB SSD
8. Case: Corsair 400R
9: OS: Win 7 Pro 64 bit

I would have several questions:
1. Is the CM Hyper 212 sufficient for cooling OCed 3770?
2. Will all my upgrades fit in the old CM Elite 310? or i really need the Corsair 400R upgrade?

Here is what i use the built for:
1. ArcGIS 30%
3. MS Office 20%
2. Engineering Softwares 20%
4. AutoCAD 15%
5. Photoshop 5%
6. Statistical Softwares (SPSS, Systat) 5%
7. Movies and Gaming 5%

I would like to know would my upgrades boost the performance in the tasks i do? Thanks in advance
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  1. hyper 212 evo should suffice.
    looks good.
  2. Your Kingston RAM's 1.65v will void your i7's warranty.
    212 would suffice but I don't think it'll fit the CM Elite 310.

    Get the Crucial M4 256gb SSD instead, it's around $160 only.

    PSU is overkill unless you're going to SLI/Crossfire in the future. If no, drop down to a 550w.
  3. @excella1221: Does that means my existing PSU (CM Modular 520W) should be suffice?
    Can you elaborate more on the RAM issue? i can't quite get it. Thanks.
  4. lanvin said:
    @excella1221: Does that means my existing PSU (CM Modular 520W) should be suffice?
    Can you elaborate more on the RAM issue? i can't quite get it. Thanks.

    Intel voids warranties when you use RAM that runs anything over 1.5v; this is because it goes over the specs, and is considered OC. It also puts a lot of strain and burns the memory controller which is basically the CPU itself.

    I can't find a concrete statement from Intel, but it's a well known fact.

    Also, 520w would suffice but I wouldn't personally use a CM PSU. The brand is infamous for having high failure rates and frying components.

    Get the one bigcyco1 suggested.

    Here's my own suggestion.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200&Tpk=rosewill%20630w

    I have no idea why it's priced the same as the 430w version, but that's a really stable PSU with 50A on the +12v rail.
    You actually get MORE than what you're paying for.
  5. excella1221 said:
    Intel voids warranties when you use RAM that runs anything over 1.5v; this is because it goes over the specs, and is considered OC. It also puts a lot of strain and burns the memory controller which is basically the CPU itself.

    I can't find a concrete statement from Intel, but it's a well known fact.

    Also, 520w would suffice but I wouldn't personally use a CM PSU. The brand is infamous for having high failure rates and frying components.

    Get the one bigcyco1 suggested.

    Here's my own suggestion.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200&Tpk=rosewill%20630w

    I have no idea why it's priced the same as the 430w version, but that's a really stable PSU with 50A on the +12v rail.
    You actually get MORE than what you're paying for.
    +1 nice find i thought that deal was over already on that psu. :lol:
  6. @excella1221: Thanks. i think i read it in the RAM review after some search over tom's.
    I did a little search on RAM after that and found this thing, which is available at my place, Corsair Vengence LP 16gb (2x8gb) http://www.corsair.com/en/memory-by-product-family/vengeance/vengeance-low-profile-16gb-dual-channel-ddr3-memory-kit-cml16gx3m2a1600c10r.html

    Do you guys think it is useful?
  7. I would also like some alternatives for CM Hyper212, since two of you guys suggest that it's not suitable... any other good ones?
  8. Yeah sure.
    Any low profile from Corsair and G.Skill would be nice. Just grab the one you find cheaper.

    @bigcyco1 - I didn't even know there was one. Just stumbled upon it. :lol:
  9. CM Hyper212 is suitable for mild overclocking @excella1221 that's cool i received a email from newegg about it a week ago lol
  10. ^+1

    I'll add my personal favorite which Newegg refuses to sell for some reason. :lol:
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58634&vpn=Silver%20Arrow&manufacture=Thermalright
  11. lol i wonder why newegg won't sell it i think it's just as good NH-D14
  12. Here's the H-60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015

    My friend from a while ago had that, loved it. ^
  13. GreedFusion said:
    Here's the H-60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015

    My friend from a while ago had that, loved it. ^


    at the price of an H60 you can get a much stronger Cooler
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