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January 1, 2013 10:41:31 PM

Hi guys

Current system:
CPU: i5 650 3.2
GPU: radeon 6850 1GB
PSU: 650 w corsair
Mobo: no idea
2 x old HDDs

Proposed upgrade:
CPU: i5 3570k 3.4
GPU: stick with the same for now and upgrade near future
PSU: 650w corsair
Mobo: Gigabyte LGA 155 z77 D3h
Ssd: 256gb crucial M4

What I want is faster boot and load times and faster write times when converting and exporting video
My current Mobo is limited to sata II so thought I'd upgrade it to III to take full advantage of the SSD which meant upgrading the CPU as my 650 has the older 1156 socket

Does this all sound okay?

Thanks for any help

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January 1, 2013 10:58:58 PM

This is a good build but for what you are doing you should probably invest some money in RAM it will speed up your pc alot. You will need to upgrade you graphics card in the near future.
January 6, 2013 9:43:07 AM

Yeah forgot to say I've already got 8gb of corsair vengeance 1600
Is the card limiting the build then? What something like a GTX 660 make a big difference?

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January 6, 2013 10:06:55 AM



Also would anyone be able to recommend a case? I've been looking at the cooler master silencio 550 (£60) and like the look of it but am worried about all that foam causing heat problems
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January 6, 2013 10:14:08 AM

Here are some good cases:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-haf-912-pl...

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-cm-690-ii-...

They are both roughly the same amount of money and they have good cooling. If you can stretch your budget to get the HAF case, that would probably be the better option, but some people don't like the styling of the case so they would go with the CM 690 II. The Corsair Carbide 300R is good too :) .

In answer to your question about the GPU, I don't know a lot about Radeon cards, but I do know that the 660 is a fast card, and has the ability to be used in SLI if in the future you decide you want more graphics power. It is still a great card on its own though :) .
January 6, 2013 5:28:59 PM

Thanks for that the Corsair 300R looks perfect so gonna go for that

so going to go ahead and order:
CPU: i5 3570k 3.4
GPU: stick with the same for now and upgrade near future
PSU: 650w corsair
Mobo: Gigabyte LGA 155 z77 D3h
Ssd: 256gb crucial M4

Or are there any improvements i can make that will make a decent difference?
FOr example there are both the Gigabyte LGA 155 z77 D3h (blue) and Gigabyte SKT 155 z77X D3h (Black) but i cant see any difference between the two?

Also does the stock cooler really provide much opportunity to overclock? or should i really be looking into an aftermarket cooling option?

Thanks for all the help guys
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