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February 17, 2013 12:05:41 AM

Hello all. I have a quick question for all of you.... I have a Gaming Rig that is currently outdated. I have purchased newer parts over the course of July (PC was built then) & I have sunken in quite alot of money to the computer. I want to future proof my machine pretty much & max my games out. So lets cut to the chase here, I have about $1050 to spend in upgrades. Also the choices I provide for upgrades can be mixed and matched, I want the most performance for my dollar, Suggestions deffinatly welcome! My current system is:

NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower Case
AMD Phenom II x4 965 B.E. 3.4 GHz
Sapphire AMD Radeon 6850 1 GB
8 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1333 Ram
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD 6 GBs 64 MB Cache
Kingwinn Maximum Power 650 Watt PSU <-- :non: 


What I'm currently checking out
Intel Core i7 3770k 3.5 GHz or Intel Core i5 3570k 3.4 GHz
GeForce GTX 680 or GeForce GTX 670
ASUS P8Z77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 or Something better
CORSAIR XMS 32GB DDR3 1333 or Corsair XMS3 Series 16GB DDR3-1600
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2
Cooler Master Hyper N520 Universal CPU Cooler or Something better


Thanks alot for helping out! :pt1cable: 
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February 17, 2013 12:14:18 AM

1. Get the 3570k, it is better for gaming.
2. Go with the 670. It is just a bit under the performance of the 680 for like $100 less
3. The AsRock Extreme 4 is a great board
4. You wont need 32 or even 16GB of RAM for gaming. You can probably keep the Ballistix and overclock it to 1600MHz.
5. Only get the 750W PSU if you plan to SLI later. If you don't plan on this 550W-600W will do.
6. You can get good overclocks with the 212 EVO. You can get better overclocks with a Noctua D14 or Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK
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February 17, 2013 12:16:58 AM

Since your old PC is still playable and there is nothing new in gaming, I would wait for Titan's reveal in a few days.

I'd say that's the best advice for future proofing your machine.
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February 17, 2013 12:17:25 AM

cball1311 said:
1. Get the 3570k, it is better for gaming.
2. Go with the 670. It is just a bit under the performance of the 680 for like $100 less
3. The AsRock Extreme 4 is a great board
4. You wont need 32 or even 16GB of RAM for gaming. You can probably keep the Ballistix and overclock it to 1600MHz.
5. Only get the 750W PSU if you plan to SLI later. If you don't plan on this 550W-600W will do.
6. You can get good overclocks with the 212 EVO. You can get better overclocks with a Noctua D14 or Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK

+1 just get 8gb ram for now @1600mhz nice and easy to add more when there is actually a game that will use 16gb,
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February 17, 2013 12:27:17 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZy6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZy6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZy6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($442.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $1015.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 21:27 EST-0500)
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February 17, 2013 12:28:20 AM

My PSU Sucks its a Kingwinn there not reliable except for me, I want a reliable psu that I know wont fail on my new parts. And what does Titan have to offer? I want a future proof rig though, I know the i5 is very nice but I mean should I just wait for Haswell? I will deffinatly just get 8 more gbs you guys are right. How's the ASRock better than the board I chose? I'm looking for a few usb 3.0 ports, 4+ ram slots and another PCie slot for future sli/xfire. Other than that, I very much appreciate the quick responces!
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February 17, 2013 12:30:20 AM

Solf said:
Since your old PC is still playable and there is nothing new in gaming, I would wait for Titan's reveal in a few days.

I'd say that's the best advice for future proofing your machine.

The Titan's over $1,000 alone?
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February 17, 2013 12:31:31 AM

camohanna said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZy6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZy6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZy6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($442.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $1015.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 21:27 EST-0500)

I Prefer Nvidia Cards as the AMD Drive support isn't all that great.
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February 17, 2013 12:43:08 AM

jjm6799 said:
The Titan's over $1,000 alone?


We aren't really looking to buy the Titan, we want to see what's revealed along with it.

Depending on what games you'll be playing, AMD is better than Nvidia unless you really need PhysX.
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February 17, 2013 12:59:33 AM

And physx isn't really that good either...
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February 17, 2013 2:53:38 AM

I see where you guys are coming from, I'm just about to go with the 670. But with the i5 and i7, the i5 is 189.99 and the i7 is 229.99 and Microcenter has a deal going on that if you buy a board with the i5 you get a discount and its a pretty big discount
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February 17, 2013 4:14:23 AM

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3. I prefer gigabyte boards, better build quality for only $7 more (z77x d3h)
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1043.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 01:23 EST-0500)
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