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An Allrounder Upgrade (USD 1500)

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November 7, 2012 4:17:32 AM

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
November 7, 2012 6:25:27 AM

hyper 212 evo should suffice.
looks good.
November 7, 2012 6:41:04 AM

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.
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November 7, 2012 6:48:17 AM

@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.
November 7, 2012 7:25:09 AM

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=N82E168...

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.
November 7, 2012 7:34:40 AM

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=N82E168...

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: 
November 7, 2012 7:36:21 AM

@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/veng...

Do you guys think it is useful?
November 7, 2012 7:39:18 AM

I would also like some alternatives for CM Hyper212, since two of you guys suggest that it's not suitable... any other good ones?
November 7, 2012 7:43:02 AM

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: 
November 7, 2012 7:47:25 AM

CM Hyper212 is suitable for mild overclocking @excella1221 that's cool i received a email from newegg about it a week ago lol
November 7, 2012 8:20:58 AM

lol i wonder why newegg won't sell it i think it's just as good NH-D14
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