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November 22, 2012 8:07:55 PM

Hello!

I'm looking to upgrade my PC, but not overhaul it completely. I'm looking to upgrade the Motherboard, CPU, GPU, and RAM, so I need to know if these are compatible with each other, and if they'd work with what I already got. Sorry, I'm not very... savvy, when it comes to the hardware aspects of these things.

So this is what's going on.

My PSU is a Corsair 650W, and I'm looking to upgrade into the following:

GPU: 1x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 1x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


And I'm curious to know if these parts will be compatible with each other, as well as work on a 650W PSU. The case I have is a mid-size Antec 900, so I'm thinking everything will fit into it, my only concern is compatibility.

I'd be pretty redfaced if the GPU wouldn't work with the Motherboard, for instance.

Thanks!


EDIT: My budget is $700 or less. The listed amounts up to about $660, that said; if any of my choices could be bettered in this budget range, let me know. I know sometimes that GPU's have older versions that are just about as good as their newer counterparts for cheaper, and I'd be very interested in that, if that's the case here.

I hear that 16GB of RAM tends to be overkill, if this is true, perhaps someone could hit me up with an 8GB that'd do the job just fine?

Thanks again.
November 22, 2012 9:07:22 PM

Everything is compatible, but putting an Sandy Bridge CPU on a Z77 chipset wastes some features that Z77 harnesses. Get a 3570K instead

Also, 16GB of ram is too much. Just get some 8GB 1600MHz memory instead. If you really want 16GB though, get this set instead as it is on sale, only $10 more than 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 22, 2012 9:21:20 PM

I'm not looking to overclock and as I understand it, the only real difference between the k and the non-k is that the k can be overclocked and messed with a lot more effectively, whilst the non-k is more "as-is".

I'm looking at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... as per your recommendation. $10 more expensive is something I can live with, especially if I'm cutting back on the RAM anyway.

For RAM, I have decided to go ahead and roll with the 8, as I understand the 16 is just overdoing it. I'm thinking this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I've had good experience with gskill and the reviews seem very solid with them, so I'm trying to stick with them in terms of RAM.

For GPU, one thing I don't understand is the pricing difference between the following GPU's:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 560 is cheaper right now, but you can see that if the sale price is removed, it's actually 70 bucks more expensive than the 660. The price difference leads me to believe the 560 must be superior because it's more expensive. Is it? Can this be explained in any way?

Thanks again.
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November 22, 2012 9:32:47 PM

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The 560 is cheaper right now, but you can see that if the sale price is removed, it's actually 70 bucks more expensive than the 660. The price difference leads me to believe the 560 must be superior because it's more expensive. Is it? Can this be explained in any way?


Cheaper but not worth purchasing. The 660TI and 7950 are about the same price, use less power, and are significantly faster.

Don't pair a 2500K with a Z77 motherboard as you lose the board's intended functionality.
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November 22, 2012 9:49:10 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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The 560 is cheaper right now, but you can see that if the sale price is removed, it's actually 70 bucks more expensive than the 660. The price difference leads me to believe the 560 must be superior because it's more expensive. Is it? Can this be explained in any way?


Cheaper but not worth purchasing. The 660TI and 7950 are about the same price, use less power, and are significantly faster.

Don't pair a 2500K with a Z77 motherboard as you lose the board's intended functionality.


Yeah, I already changed the CPU around.

As for the GPU, the 660 isn't a Ti, whereas the 560 is. Does that change anything? Do you still think the 660 is the better choice?
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November 23, 2012 7:07:02 PM

Hm, still looking for an answer to the question regarding GPU's...
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