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Rebuilding tips - best cases, mobo and cpu for a reasonable price

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November 2, 2013 10:32:58 AM

Currently I have:

Motherboard: MSI P55 GD65
CPU: Intel Core i5 750
GPU: EVGA GTX 560 Overclocked
RAM: 8GB DDR3

I absolutely want a better motherboard and processor. My biggest problem is the way my case is designed, the wire for the front USB and audio ports cross the whole board diagonally. I want to add a second graphics card, but the bulk of the card will prevent the cable from connecting properly.

I want a PC that will support very high performance for gaming. Ideally, a case allowing hot swappable drives would be fantastic. I have an SSD for boot and other games, and a main secondary HDD.

For Black Friday I plan on replacing as much as possible. Im thinking of getting a duplicate of my GPU as I do like it, but the mobo and cpu and ram definitely need upgrades. Any advice? I can post some pics of the case and cable layout as needed

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November 2, 2013 10:49:58 AM

Asus Maximus VI Formula
Gskill Trident
i7 4770K
NZXT Source 530
November 5, 2013 9:15:17 AM

Thanks for the tips! Question - Am I able to use two graphics cards that are NOT the same. Mainly just so I can use another monitor. I get that I wont be able to do SLI until I can match the graphics cards.
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November 5, 2013 9:20:27 AM

And are there cheaper alternatives for Mobo + CPU? I'd like to spend $300 for the two, under $400 max for both if possible.
November 5, 2013 12:25:27 PM

Also, a hot swapable case as well
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November 5, 2013 9:39:21 PM

Asrock Z87 Extreme 3
Core i5 4670K
Crucial Ballistics Sport
I believe Xigmatek Midgard 2 has a hot swap bay up top as do some others, like Antec 900 I believe.
November 7, 2013 11:07:53 AM

@Allan - Thanks for the answer! I actually saw the other day and was debating on doing the:

Core i5 4670K
ASrock z87 extreme4 (decent price pt)

For cases, I couldnt find the xigmartek in stock, but do you have any opinions on these:

Thermaltake Soprano
CM HAF XM
CM Stormtrooper
XION Predator AXP 970-001BK
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November 7, 2013 11:33:14 AM

Storm Trooper is a nice case.
November 7, 2013 11:43:50 AM

The one question I have is that the stormtrooper, while seeming really awesome, only allows an ssd for swapping. Is there ever a need for that? I would think i would rather swap a regular hdd?
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November 7, 2013 11:50:43 PM

Well it was designed as more of a portable case,and at LANs the ssd has all the games installed,and is the more valuable drive,you can just yank it out when you leave your PC unattended.
November 12, 2013 8:37:15 AM

It does look awesome, and I like the fan features. The one item is that I don't plan on doing much traveling with the case at all, so that feature isn't so relevant. hot swapping is nice (i have a few external drives attached via USB to my router, but would be easier to modify file system by swapping it in). Any recommendations?
November 12, 2013 10:59:37 AM
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November 13, 2013 8:41:29 PM

I'd go with the blackhawk or for more the obsidian. But really the blackhawk is a sweet case under $100.
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November 13, 2013 8:43:21 PM

I'd go with the blackhawk or for more the obsidian. But really the blackhawk is a sweet case under $100.