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Upgrading 6 year old PC for better gaming, specifically Guild Wars 2

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August 27, 2013 9:57:02 AM

My current setup is a Q6600 running with a Radeon HD 5850, 4GB ram and 2 WD Caviar drives, my monitor is a 27" at 19 x 12 resolution. I play Guild Wars 2 ALOT but this system does not allow me to turn up the graphics settings in the game much at all and the game is absolutely gorgeous with high res settings. So it is time to upgrade.

I am thinking of going with this for the new rig and hopefully it will allow me to crank the graphic settings way up. What do you think?



Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (thinking this might be overkill, maybe you can recommend something else to save me some cash.)

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2762-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Use my 2 Caviar drives for everything else

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Case

CORSAIR AX760 760W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) ... - OEM

Oh I think I am going to run Windows 7, I really dont feel like messing with Windows 8 or should I go with 8?

This puts me at about $1500. Any tips or suggestions would be great.
August 27, 2013 10:11:25 AM

Yeah you do not need to spend that much for a Sabertooth - it's overrated, expensive, and the plastic thermal armor does not work as advertised. The Corsair AX power supplies are also kind of a gimmick - the iLink software is really buggy and not ready for prime time from what I have been reading. I would leave off the BD-R drive since games won't use the format (everything is going to be on streaming services) and you can just get a regular DVD drive. Also BD-R playback software is ridiculously overpriced.

I would do this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (Gunmetal) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($197.04 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1556.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-27 13:09 EDT-0400)

- New Intel Haswell motherboard and CPU
- Cheaper RAM - and you don't need 1866 for Intel CPUs as faster RAM will void your CPU warranty
- Higher capacity SSD
- Better liquid cooler
- Less expensive case
- PSU will allow for a better SLI setup in the future
- Dropped the BD-R burner
- Less expensive motherboard but same quality
August 27, 2013 11:01:47 AM

What benefits do you gain with the new Haswell chip? I thought it just had better built in graphics.
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August 27, 2013 11:07:49 AM

Also I dont plan on going SLI ever, I prefer single card solutions. What PSU would you recommend then and does mobo stay the same?
August 27, 2013 11:12:26 AM

grifftech said:
What benefits do you gain with the new Haswell chip? I thought it just had better built in graphics.


You also get a significant speed boost and the ability to use future CPUs (Broadwell). Ivy Bridge will most likely be discontinued at the end of the year.

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Also I dont plan on going SLI ever, I prefer single card solutions. What PSU would you recommend then and does mobo stay the same?


Probably this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 27, 2013 11:22:28 AM

How much improvement in gaming would I see with an I7- 4770K Haswell over the I5-4670K?
August 27, 2013 11:24:32 AM

grifftech said:
How much improvement in gaming would I see with an I7- 4770K Haswell over the I5-4670K?


Not much at all, it's $100 more for a few extra threads which won't matter much in gaming, but will matter if you use your PC for other functions like photo and video editing.
August 27, 2013 11:34:25 AM

No editing here :)  Just gaming
August 27, 2013 11:35:35 AM

Do you think it is worth the 150 bucks to go from the GTX 760 to the GTX 770?
August 27, 2013 11:58:13 AM

grifftech said:
Do you think it is worth the 150 bucks to go from the GTX 760 to the GTX 770?


Oh for sure, especially if you want to get a large or high resolution monitor later on.
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