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Need help picking some upgrades / making wise choices pls gooby help me pls

#1Dollarman_2005Posted 8/27/2013 8:21:37 AM
Alright so what I'm trying to do here is basically a huge overhaul on all fronts. I'm trying to bring back the feels of glory. TLDR: Here are current specs, suggest upgrades for each part while not going over the top on the price.

Current specs:
i5-2500k
Gigabyte P67A-UD3 (Rev 1.1)
Gigabyte GTX 460
4gb 1600
Cooler Master Silent Pro 600M
CM Storm Scout

As you can see, lots of mistakes made on first build. I thought I spent so much time researching and getting everything right, but made pretty big mistakes on a lot of fronts. Learned a lot though. Bought the Scout because of looks rather than functionality, was combo'd with the PSU. Combo'd the mobo and card together (which admittedly did well besides some coil whine). Bought RAM because of the heatsinks rather than making it fit with the 212+. Either way, the 2500k + 460 did me well these last 2.5 years, but the thirst is back.

Blunders / things I want help with:

New vid card - 2 options here. I could get a 760, still be safe on the power supply, have room in the case, and still get a very sizeable upgrade. But I'm not so sure how the 760 will hold with next gen (as I'm sure none of you are). Any other card will require a new case and PSU. I could go for a 770 which is apparently impressing everyone left and right, or a 7950 GHz is now the new thing that everyone is raving about? I'm partial to nVidia since they've been pretty much all I've used in old prebuilts and this comp, but I'm pretty lost as to where I should go. Alternatively, could just wait until November and see how next-gen is doing along with things like Cyber Monday deals. The only problem is that I just bought a new monitor so now I'm running two 1920x1080p monitors and could really use the extra horsepower right about now.

New Mobo - current mobo isn't the batch 3 edition so only 2 sata ports work. It has to downclock the RAM to 1333 otherwise it isn't stable even though it's 1600 rated. Won't hold a solid OC on the 2500k which is capped at I think like 4.1 before crashing on boot. It's also 16/4 and not 16/8 so I'm pretty sure i can't SLI another 460 even if I wanted to. But is it worth it to upgrade an 1155 socket board? I mean I'm sure the 2500k has some life in it, but seems weird to "upgrade" old tech.

New case - 600t, 500r, C70, I'm not sure here. I'm trying to stray ever so slightly from the "gamer" look, so cases from Lian Li are looking nice and classy and minimalistic but I have no idea what would be suited for large cards and good cable management.

New PSU - Pretty sure up until last year I was seeing the Tx750 being recommended up and down but now I have no idea here either other than that I don't have enough amps on the 12v for anything above a 760. Trying for semi-modular at least.

SSD - That 840 120gb Evo is looking super tasty at its price range. Worthy investment? It's so small but it's not that hefty of a price tag in relation to what you'd expect. But then again, in order to upgrade to an SSD I'd need a new mobo since my hard drives already take up the 2 sata ports.
#2r0ge00Posted 8/27/2013 8:37:51 AM
I'd say go with a 770 or a 7970 if you can swing it. The Fractal Define R4 is a very good minimalist looking case. You PSU is actually pretty good. The EVO performs well for it's price. I don't know if it's worth it to upgrade your motherboard.
#3Dollarman_2005(Topic Creator)Posted 8/27/2013 9:39:35 AM
r0ge00 posted...
I'd say go with a 770 or a 7970 if you can swing it. The Fractal Define R4 is a very good minimalist looking case. You PSU is actually pretty good. The EVO performs well for it's price. I don't know if it's worth it to upgrade your motherboard.


I don't like the door design cases but love the sleek look. Think a 770 would do alright on the PSU? Would need to upgrade mobo for ssd :\
#4Black_King945Posted 8/27/2013 11:04:04 AM
Looking at the specs for that motherboard it shows 6 SATA ports, 2 SATA 3 and 4 SATA 2, so what's the issue there?

Have you gone into the BIOS and manually set the RAM timings? These two issues seem like user error.


Also, I can't imagine a 760 having any problems running on a 600watt PSU unless it was a truly terrible power supply.


If you do replace the motherboard, I don't think it's a bad investment. That i5 will remain a competitive processor for at least the next three years.
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#5maybecallsPosted 8/27/2013 11:22:27 AM
I certainly wouldn't SLI the 460 (even if you can). Assuming it's the 1GB model, you'd still only have 1GB of VRAM available to use.
#6Dollarman_2005(Topic Creator)Posted 8/27/2013 12:23:17 PM
Black_King945 posted...
Looking at the specs for that motherboard it shows 6 SATA ports, 2 SATA 3 and 4 SATA 2, so what's the issue there?

Have you gone into the BIOS and manually set the RAM timings? These two issues seem like user error.


Also, I can't imagine a 760 having any problems running on a 600watt PSU unless it was a truly terrible power supply.


If you do replace the motherboard, I don't think it's a bad investment. That i5 will remain a competitive processor for at least the next three years.


http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2379241,00.asp

It's not a B3 board, so it still has the glitch because I couldn't go without my computer for 3 weeks in the middle of a semester.

The timings are set as they're supposed to. Trust me man, I spent a few weeks trying to figure it out and what it comes down to is that the 2500k doesn't natively support over 1333 mhz. I know plenty of people use 1600 with a 2500k, but this motherboard just won't let it do it stably.

It's not a matter of a 760 having issues on the PSU, it's a 770, which says it needs 42A on the 12v whereas my PSU only has 40.
#7gastamanPosted 8/27/2013 12:28:42 PM
Budget?
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#8Dollarman_2005(Topic Creator)Posted 8/27/2013 12:43:48 PM
gastaman posted...
Budget?


I have a hard time putting a budget on things because I feel it restricts it too much sometimes. I know it doesn't help you any, but I guess I'll try and give a range where I can get quality parts but not go stupid skimpy.

150ish for a case
150(ish? It's been a while) for a worthwhile mobo. Cheaper the better honestly, don't see much gains from a mobo
120ish for a PSU?
300-400ish for a GPU?
#9gastamanPosted 8/27/2013 1:29:04 PM(edited)
Well, quickly looking, you could go

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wVlg - upgrade CPU with a 760 or 7970

Or

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wVwK - keep CPU with a 770 or 7970 GHz (Damn, Z68 mobos are expensive)
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//Corsair// 650D / H100 / 120 GB Force 3 / 12 GB Dominator / AX1200