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February 10, 2013 9:58:16 AM

I've recently decided to upgrade me PC and stop playing on game consoles. I'm far behind at the moment with regards to PC builds etc... Now, I'm not entirely clued up on this bottlenecking thing, I know the roots and I know what it is but what I don't know is how do I determine whether the components I plan on buying will bottleneck my system.
At the moment I'm running:
Intel Dual-Core E5200 2.4Ghz LGA 775
Galaxy Geforce GT 220 1GB DDR3
4GB DDR2-800

And I'd like to upgrade to:
Intel Core i5-3330 / Intel Core i5-3470
Gigabyte AMD HD 7770 OC Edition
8GB (2x4GB) Cosair XM3 DDR3-1333/1600

The HDD's I'm currently using are:
C: Western Digital WD2500AVVS-00L2B0 (250GB, 7200RPM, 8MB Cache, 3.5")
D: Seagate ST3320418AS (320GB, 7200RPM, 16MB Cache, 3.5")
E: Seagate ST3500630AS (500GB, 7200RPM, 16MB Cache, 3.5")
F: Seagate ST500LT012-9WS142 (500GB, 5400RPM, 16MB Cache, 2.5")

Or if there is anything else I should know, please don't hesitate to tell me, more knowledge is better.


My questions are as follows:
Which hard drive should I be using after I upgrade my system for optimum performance?
Will I be bottlenecking my GPU with my CPU or the other way around?
Will I be needing an aftermarket cooler for basic CPU use (gaming, 24/7 online PC etc.)?
Should I partition my OS drive for just enough space for the OS itself and some programs?

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February 10, 2013 10:17:18 AM

1. if you get just regular hdd get the WD black edition
2. you will not bottleneck if you upgrade to a 3330, but even your 5200 IF overclocked may put just a small bottleneck on new gpu (if you wish to save a few bucks, you could just do an overclock)
3. it's recommended for gaming, you could get a 15$ cooler there are some good ones
4. ehhhh i dont find a point anymore to that, if its like a 500GB drive or lower, i really dont think it's necessary.



are you getttinga motherboard? cuz your old set is LGA775 but new is LGA1155. mobo not listed
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February 10, 2013 10:29:13 AM

gussrtk said:
1. if you get just regular hdd get the WD black edition
2. you will no bottleneck if you upgrade to a 3330, but even your 5200 IF overclocked may put just a small bottleneck on new gpu (if you wish to save a few bucks, you could just do an overclock)
3. it's recommended for gaming, you could get a 15$ cooler there are some good ones
4. ehhhh i dont find a point anymore to that, if its like a 500GB drive or lower, i really dont think it's necessary.



are you getttinga motherboard? cuz your old set is LGA775 but new is LGA1155. mobo not listed


Thanks for your response and No I don't plan on using an LGA1155 CPU in an LGA775 socket, I'll be using an H61 chipset motherboard
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February 10, 2013 10:42:13 AM

just wanted to make sure xD
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February 10, 2013 1:02:12 PM

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February 10, 2013 1:08:23 PM

Don't forget about your PSU. Make sure it is at least 400+ watts and good quality.
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