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January 6, 2013 5:26:23 AM

Hey everyone!

I was hoping you could help me with the making of a new build.

Basing myself on, I can stream at 720p as I can reach those 10 mbps of upload speed so I'd like to fix my hardware.

This is what I have at the moment:

CPU: Intel i7 950 3.04Ghz (it used to be OC'd to 3.4)
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 6870
Memory: (Currently at 1066 mhz. Last time I used the Intel XMP to keep it at 2000 mhz I had a bluescreen but I believe its because I was running with no fans and the memory got extremely hot)
Storage: 1x OCZ Vertex 2 60GB (OS, programs) // 1x OCZ Agility 3 240GB (Games) // 1x External Western Digital 1TB (Media)
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W (Back when I thought that the more the better!)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58
Case: Thermaltake Xaser III with no fans nor side door
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster P2450 (Getting my old 19 inch LG monitor as a 2nd monitor to facilitate streaming in terms of interaction with the viewers

My first concern is my motherboard, the B1/B2 slots for the RAM are broken so I need to use my memory on A1 + C1 + C2 slots, from the little I know I think I'm not benefiting from the Triple-Channel functionality from the RAM. One of my 2 60 gb SSDs stopped working out of nowhere, I have no idea if a MoBo malfunction could have caused it, I thought it was worth mentioning it.

The big dilemma I'm currently facing is if I should buy a new MoBo and processor or wait a few months for the Haswell processors from Intel and then get a MoBo with a LGA 1150 socket or if I should just go with a Z77 motherboard or so. I'm not getting the best out of streaming with my i7 950 I believe.

I'm also thinking about getting a Cooler Master HAF-X case as my case is a joke and I'd like to overclock with air cooling and well... it's a pretty nice case!

Money's not a big concern, but I don't want to take the enthusiastic approach and spend 600 euros on a single piece of hardware. Instead, I'd like to buy efficiently and get the best price/quality items out there I guess.

What would you guys recommend?

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January 6, 2013 5:45:08 AM

keep your i7 PC as it is still decent

if you experience low gaming performance, 6870 should be replaced by 7950 or 670
January 6, 2013 5:47:16 AM

Should I replace my motherboard because of the faulty ram slots? What I play mainly are MMORPGs, they're not as heavy on graphics as they are on the processor
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January 6, 2013 5:47:55 AM

keep it, it still working right? wait for the next gen
January 6, 2013 6:04:21 AM

Alright, I'll just look into the case and OC the CPU a bit with a nice fan as well I guess.

Thanks a lot!