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Old June 18, 2012, 07:30 PM
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Arrow 2009 PC Retrofit help!

Hello Building Community and people who are smarter than me!

This year I want to take my old build from 2009 and retrofit with new CPU. Any input would be great!

1. What YOUR PC will be used for.
A. Gaming, doing lots of tasks at once, and audio production.

2. What YOUR budget is.
A. Under $800 total

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
A. USA

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
A. ASUS fanboy, Intel fanboy, OCZ--- sucks my balls

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
A. Intend to keep Graphics card, Power Supply, Case, Optical drives, Hard Drives, all peripherals.
Want a new CPU, MOBO, RAM, and cooler.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
A. May need new PSU? More power? Heard Sandy bridge overclocks better? True?

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
A. I plan on setting a very conservative/ stable overclock and keeping it there.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
In weeks

9. What resolution and settings do you use?
A. Max everything

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?
A. Intel Core I7, USB 3.0 support, At least 16Gb ram to start with room to add more, 2011 socket, water cooled cpu.



Here is my original build idea. Any comments on making it cheaper/ less bottlenecked in any way. Please comment on anything!


CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
Item #: N82E16820233246

ASUS Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Rampage IV Gene
Item #:N82E16813131805

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
Item #: N82E16819115229

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Model #:CWCH60
Item #:N82E16835181015

Old Total= $844.96 New Total $764.96

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Old June 18, 2012, 09:37 PM
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Unless your dead set on 2011, a 3770k will outperform the 3820. They clock similarly and 3770 will give slightly better peformance per clock, be cooler and draw less power.

I know you can drop a chip in for an upgrade with 2011 but these cpu's tend to hold their value so that by the time you want an upgrade you can get a new platform for the price of an older chip.
Just a suggestion.. as said price and performance will be very very close.

If you want to save a bit.. the H60 cooler is a great performer at a bit less than the H80. (I believe it has an easier mounting system too)

Otherwise all looks good.. Enjoy :)
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Old June 19, 2012, 08:31 AM
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I am pretty set on 2011, but your post made me look a bit harder in boards and I found this. I have decided to switch to the ASUS Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Item#: N82E16813131805. This is because I really can't see myself ever using 64Gb of ram, and the rampage would look better in my machine. Plus it's way cheaper. The H60 looks like a good idea as well.
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Old July 13, 2012, 07:20 AM
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Ok so i've made these updates. Decided to get into custom water cooling instead, used an XSPC rasa waterblock and 450 pump and single 120 res. Looks great, but i'm not really seeing any performance out of any of these new updates! What could I be doing wrong here? I can't even max out Crysis 2 and run it smoothly while OCing to 4.5Ghz?! Is there something about the settings of this new socket or setup that needs to be optimized? Boot time is very slow as well.
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Old July 13, 2012, 07:28 AM
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CPU overclocking will not be the determining factor in video performance, what gpu are you using?
Boot times can be lowered using ssd.
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Old July 30, 2012, 05:10 PM
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Old July 30, 2012, 06:01 PM
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well I can barely max crysis 2 with mods with my 480 at 900 core... so no way a 4870 is coming close to being enough GPU for modern games.
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