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June 17, 2013 6:03:01 PM

Hi Everyone,

I am looking to do some upgrades to my gaming PC that I built about 2 years ago.

The PC is pretty much only used to play games. I mainly play games like Rift, GW2, Borderlands 2, BF3, and Skyrim.

My budget is about $500-$600 for the upgrades and I would be looking to purchase the parts in the next couple of weeks.

I want to upgrade to a SSD and I am looking at the Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB or Samsung 840 Series 128GB or 250GB.

After that I was interested in what other's thought I should do to get a few more years out of my PC and maybe improve my fps at the higher settings on some games and maybe some point down the road add a second monitor.

Below is my current build.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 B3 Intel P67
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: LG Blu-ray Burner, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Monitor: ASUS VH238H 23-Inch 1080P LED Monitor

Thanks!
June 17, 2013 6:09:13 PM

Zeddakis said:
Hi Everyone,

I am looking to do some upgrades to my gaming PC that I built about 2 years ago.

The PC is pretty much only used to play games. I mainly play games like Rift, GW2, Borderlands 2, BF3, and Skyrim.

My budget is about $500-$600 for the upgrades and I would be looking to purchase the parts in the next couple of weeks.

I want to upgrade to a SSD and I am looking at the Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB or Samsung 840 Series 128GB or 250GB.

After that I was interested in what other's thought I should do to get a few more years out of my PC and maybe improve my fps at the higher settings on some games and maybe some point down the road add a second monitor.

Below is my current build.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 B3 Intel P67
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: LG Blu-ray Burner, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Monitor: ASUS VH238H 23-Inch 1080P LED Monitor

Thanks!


Hi that id easy as I just made a similar move from an i7 2600k. Get a good ASRock Z87 Motherboard and move to the Haswell i5 4670k Processor. The performance kick is worth the price.
June 18, 2013 3:05:50 AM

Thanks for the response, so you think I will get more of an improvement on my gaming experience upgrading the motherboard and CPU than the video card?
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June 18, 2013 6:51:20 AM

Zeddakis said:
Thanks for the response, so you think I will get more of an improvement on my gaming experience upgrading the motherboard and CPU than the video card?

I would go with the CPU and Motherboard first, then when the budget allows ramp up the video card. To try and do all three at once could be a pricey proposistion, and I don't know what your budget is. I was already running the GTX 680 when I did the Upgrade to the Haswell.

June 18, 2013 7:03:15 AM

Your CPU is not holding you back AT ALL. Your GPU is the main issue here.I wouldn't bother with a new CPU or motherboard and just dump all the money into a GPU. This will get you the biggest gains possible.
June 18, 2013 7:15:04 AM

tiny voices said:
Your CPU is not holding you back AT ALL. Your GPU is the main issue here.I wouldn't bother with a new CPU or motherboard and just dump all the money into a GPU. This will get you the biggest gains possible.


I went from a 560Ti to the 680 and yes, there was a performance jump, but when I went from the 2600k to the 4770k it was huge. I do agree that the 2500k Sandy is still a very good CPU in todays world. There is a huge advantage of going from the 2nd Gen Sandy to the 4th Gen Haswell.

June 18, 2013 7:16:00 AM

tiny voices said:
Your CPU is not holding you back AT ALL. Your GPU is the main issue here.I wouldn't bother with a new CPU or motherboard and just dump all the money into a GPU. This will get you the biggest gains possible.


That is what I was thinking. I wanted to upgrade to an SSD, since that was the one thing I wanted that I didn't get for budget reasons when I built the current PC and then I thought a GPU upgrade would give me the best results with the rest of my upgrade budget.
June 18, 2013 7:16:33 AM

Not nearly as much as a GPU Jump. Changing GPUs will be a MUCH better upgrade.

Its just true. A 2500k is a very solid GPU and will have no problems with any modern game.

I will support the GPU upgrade 100%. No the CPU/ motherboard though.
June 18, 2013 7:23:30 AM

tiny voices said:
The performance increase between an i5 2500k and an i5 4670k is around 15%

The different between an hd6870 and even a gtx670 is between 80%-120%.

http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/778 GPUs
http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=837 CPUs.

There you are.


I was just going from what I saw from benchmarking. FRom the numbers, I got a much bigger increase with the upgrade of the CPU / MOBO than I did with the video card. His MOBO is PCIe 2.0 so if he goes to a bigger 3.0 card, it will still get strangled to some degree.
June 18, 2013 7:25:43 AM

No that is false. There is less than .5% performance hit from a 2.0 card in a 3.0 slot. It will not do anything at all.

Your GPU is broken. A gtx680 is 2x more powerful than a 560ti. Something is seriously wrong with your computer if you only got a small performance increase.
http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=555 Look at that.
June 18, 2013 7:36:00 AM

coastie65 said:
Zeddakis said:
Thanks for the response, so you think I will get more of an improvement on my gaming experience upgrading the motherboard and CPU than the video card?

I would go with the CPU and Motherboard first, then when the budget allows ramp up the video card. To try and do all three at once could be a pricey proposistion, and I don't know what your budget is. I was already running the GTX 680 when I did the Upgrade to the Haswell.



I would like to keep this upgrade to around $500, but could go up to $600, if needed. I will be using somewhere around $130-$135 of that for the SSD, so I have about $365-$465 left for either a GPU or CPU upgrade.

I was thinking the GPU was the way to go and then maybe do a new build with a CPU upgrade in about 2 years, but wanted to get some other people's thoughts on what upgrade would be best. I am mostly looking to increase my fps in high and ultra settings on the games I play. I have a few where I average around mid-30 fps in high settings and would like to increase that.
June 18, 2013 7:37:33 AM

I would do the GPU and SSD now and the CPU/Motherboard later.

Look at gtx770. It will easily max all games and fit in your budget.
June 18, 2013 10:13:19 AM

tiny voices said:
I would do the GPU and SSD now and the CPU/Motherboard later.

Look at gtx770. It will easily max all games and fit in your budget.


Thanks for the inputs and the suggestions. I think I will go with the SSD and the GPU upgrade. I was looking at the GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-2GD GeForce GTX 770. Do you think I will be alright with my current power supply?

Any thoughts on the AMD cards? I saw they are offering 4 free games right now on New Egg.
June 18, 2013 10:18:51 AM

I would get a Samsung 840 128 gb for 90$. Then spend it all on a GTX 770.
June 20, 2013 5:45:53 AM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I went ahead and ordered a Samsung 840 Series 120GB SSD, EVGA GeForce GTX 770, and a Rosewill HIVE 750W Modular PSU for my upgrade.
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