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Upgrading my pc, which way to do it?

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January 28, 2013 1:52:26 AM

hey guys, so at the moment im running this rig:

i5 3570
HD 7850 @1190MHZ cooled by arctic accelero TT2
8GB corsair vengance 1600mhz
ASrock pro3M B75
Bitfenix merc alpha
samsung 830 64gb SSD
seagate barracuda 1TB
coolermaster Xtreme 2 625

so i would like to upgrade to a new motherboard, cpu, crossfire graphics and a new psu
the plan is, to grab an extreme4 and hook it up to the current system and then grab a well cooled 7850 to put into crossfire with the current one as well as an OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W power supply to support the two cards, then an i7 3770k

so, my querys are
1. is that power supply much good?
2. what would be a 7850 that runs cold and also ships with a crossfire bridge?
3. the system is a gaming rig, would any more ram be worth its while?

thanks, Lord Tumnas

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 2:02:30 AM
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1. is that power supply much good?
OCZ is good but there are better and trusted psu out there
get this one :)  http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bnlg...
2. what would be a 7850 that runs cold and also ships with a crossfire bridge?
i dont recommedn Xfire mid card, better performance : yes, but brings more problem than additional FPS. get single 7970 and you will be fine :)  no need to buy a new mobo too
3. the system is a gaming rig, would any more ram be worth its while? 8GB is good :)  make sure you dont fill your 645 SSD above 70%, it will reduce its performance significantly
a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 2:05:29 AM

Just throwing out there, if this is a gaming rig, there's no difference between an i7-3770k and an i5-3570k. The only difference between them is that the i7 has hyperthreading, which games don't use anyways.

EDIT: actually, upgrading is a waste of money for you anyways, because you'd have to upgrade your motherboard as well if you wanted to overclock. You're far, far better off waiting till it's time to upgrade the system in a couple generations of CPUs.
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a c 105 B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 2:07:52 AM

TBH, I would bother upgrading that rig until the next gen cards arrive and Haswell. Upgrading your CPU to an i7 isnt worth it, and even if you upgrade to a Haswell i7 it would be iffy.

Sell off your 7850 and get a strong 8000 series card.
January 28, 2013 2:08:54 AM

thankyou AMD radeon, as much as i would love a 7970 that is a little out of budget compared to a single 7850 addition
January 28, 2013 2:11:17 AM

thanks guys, ill hold off untill haswell or whatever the one after that is called and attack an empty case with a wad of cash.
also, DarkSable, many games can use hyperthreading and do see benifits from an i5 to an i7, such as BF3
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 2:17:57 AM

the only decent OCZ PSUs are the ZT series, the rest are barely any better than the CM Extreme 2 that you have now.

look for the money will be spending on another motherboard (~$140) and 7850 ($190) you can get a 7950 ~$320. add in the difference if you sell the 7850 you have and you will be farther ahead. general rule is to go with the fastest single card you can afford.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 2:20:53 AM

Lord Tumnas said:
also, DarkSable, many games can use hyperthreading and do see benifits from an i5 to an i7, such as BF3


Pretty much everything I've seen is that even the games that claim to make use of hyperthreading get no benefit, or sometimes, get hindered by hyperthreading. Certainly I haven't seen anything that makes me believe hyperthreading is worth $100 for a gamer.
January 28, 2013 2:21:25 AM

DarkSable said:
Pretty much everything I've seen is that even the games that claim to make use of hyperthreading get no benefit, or sometimes, get hindered by hyperthreading. Certainly I haven't seen anything that makes me believe hyperthreading is worth $100 for a gamer.


fair point, thanks for the help
a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 2:30:55 AM

Of course!
January 28, 2013 9:55:20 PM

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