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Gaming Build - Ancient Upgrade

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February 10, 2013 12:24:09 PM

So, the last time I built a gaming PC was back in 2009. Its specs are below:

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4A1600C9

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7860

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

I assume the case and PSU will still be decent, maybe even the memory. Don't recall what HDDs I have in it, but I think I might try out all solid state.

Basically just looking to play everything new and cool at...well, I guess 1920x1200 (is that still a thing?) on ultra settings. Budget's around $1500. What should I be aiming for? I'd like to stick with nVidia, as I've always had better luck with them. Totally willing to SLI.
February 10, 2013 12:50:57 PM

Righto. Now, onto mobo, CPU, and memory.

CPU's probably going to be a Core i5 3570K, so I suppose I just need the mobo to slot it in, a decent cooler, and memory.

That Antec 900 IS still a viable case, right?
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February 10, 2013 12:58:58 PM

CM v8 is still great cooler. i doubt you wanted to change it with only slightly improvement

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1206.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 09:58 EST-0500)
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February 10, 2013 1:11:29 PM

Wait, you think SLI'd GTX 670s would run fine with the Lynnefield and get me my lovely 1080p Ultra settings?
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February 10, 2013 1:35:03 PM

^ absolutely...

nothing can bottleneck i5 and i7 even it is older generation

the only thing you will miss is PCIe 3.0 that only available on ivy bridge

but it is only 5% performance difference
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