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4 years ago#1
Current build

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition w/ Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Mobo: MSI 870-G45
PSU: OCZ StealthXstream II 500W
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
GPU: GTX 560 Ti
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM

I'm looking to build a new PC with a budget of $1400, but first want to know if any of the components above are worth keeping to put in the new build. My current case is an Antec 300, but I don't know if it's the best idea to fit a longer GPU in the case as my current card just makes it ( The card I'm looking at (GTX 680) is about an inch longer.

Otherwise, I am looking at the the following for an upgrade (or keep some of what I have)
CPU: i7-3770
Mobo: ??? or keep? Don't know how to shop for a mobo.
PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO850W
RAM: ??? or keep? Is 8GB enough?
GPU: GTX 680
HDD: ??? or keep? Don't want to do SSD.
CD/DVD: Not interested in BD on my PC, so I'm thinking keep this?
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout, something else, or do I try and squeeze everything into the case I already have?

Any and all suggestions/help are appreciated!
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4 years ago#2

Here's a good motherboard for you. I have it and it does a great job.

You do not need an 850w power supply though.
GT:Triple S 06
4 years ago#3
You'll need a new motherboard anyway, different sockets and stuff.
If you want native support for the new ivy bridge cpus, then you should get a mobo with a z77 chipset. An extreme4, maybe.
8GB will be fine for gaming. Also, that cooler would be fine for milder overclocks.
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4 years ago#4
I would also switch your RAM out to two 4GB sticks. Honestly, with sparing parts you could probably SLI 670s.
GT:Triple S 06
4 years ago#5
all you need are these right here. keep everything else:

the i7 is a waste, especially for a gaming build. the storm scout is junk and a hasn't been a good buy since 2010 at the latest. it's not an upgrade from your current case at all. hold on to your ram, hard drive and dvd drive.
"There is nothing new under EA." - Fony
4 years ago#6

This is the case I have and there is a ton of room in it and it has great cooling.
GT:Triple S 06
4 years ago#7

^^^Cooling fan.
GT:Triple S 06
4 years ago#8
So 850W is too much? Also, GTX 670 over the 680? $100-120 difference give or take. How would either compare to my current SC GTX 560 Ti?

@ triple s
That case looks really nice! Definitely looks like one that'd fit a longer GPU.

Can you tell me why the i5 is a better buy than the i7? Honest question because I actually do not know. I'm all for saving some money if the performance isn't massively hindered.
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4 years ago#9
the i7 is an i5 with 3mb more cache and a feature called "hyperthreading". this feature isn't widely used, especially for an average user or gamer, and i7's perform the same as i5's in games.
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4 years ago#10
I'd recommend sticking with a Sandy Bridge processor if you plan on overclocking, cuz I've heard the new Ivy Bridge's have heat issues if you try to overclock them. As for i7's, they're great if you plan on doing a lot of number crunching in addition to gaming, but stick with an i5 if this is a strictly gaming rig.
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