Been a few years
As you can see from my pc stats I'm about 3 generations back but I did future proof my rig at the time and have been happy with the components to this point.
My pc use has changed dramatically over the past few years so am not that interested in the high end graphics I was using in the past.
I run a Dell 24" monitor 1920x1200 and Sharp 42" 1080p TV 1920x1080 HDMI
I enjoy OCing, occassional gaming [no longer hardcore] Skyrm, Dragon Age, ME2-3, Sniper Ghost Warrior, etc Streaming video, DVD and Blue Ray.
All parts from NCIX
Preference to NVidea
Will continue to use my Silverstone Tjo9 Silverstone 750w PSU, relevant HD's and Sata DVD
Here is what I'm looking at for replacement components; suggestions welcome :bananafunky:
Edited- Ram, SSD, GPU, HD
MSI Z77 Mpower ATX LGA1155 MSI Z77 Mpower ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA SLI USB3.0 Motherboard
Intel Core i5 3570K Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
Corsair H80I Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H80I CPU Cooler System LGA1155 1156 1366 2011 AM2 AM3 FM1 FM2
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 2.5in SATA3 6Gbps Sandforce OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 2.5in SATA3 6Gbps SandForce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
Western Digital Red 1TB SATA3 64MB Cache Western Digital Red 1TB SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD
G.SKILL Ripjawsz 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1866 CL9-10-9-28 Sandy Bridge E 1.5V G.SKILL F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL Ripjawsz 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1866 CL9-10-9-28 Sandy Bridge E 1.5V Memory Kit
LG 12X Blu-Ray Reader & DVD Writer Combo Drive LG CH12LS28 12X Blu-Ray Reader & Lightscribe DVD Writer Combo Drive
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti OC 1032MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti OC 1032MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
Everything looks good except for 3 things I'd recommend:
Hard drive: Seagates are not good at all (IMO) go with a WD Caviar.
SSD: I'd recommend a 240/256GB, unless you know you won't fill up the 128GB.
Graphics card: With running things in 1080p there will be a significant increase in performance (at least in terms of gaming) with 2GB VRAM.
There are minor performance increases elsewhere, but gaming would be a big difference.
And just IN CASE you don't know:
2 cards with 1GB VRAM = 1GB VRAM, 2 card swith 2GB = 2GB, etc. I run into a lot of people that think dual 1GB cards means they'll have 2GB, but that isn't true because the graphics are loaded separately by each card.
Overall it looks great. The one thing I would definetly change is the graphics card. Go for a single gtx 660ti. There is no reason to go sli with lower end cards at this point in time.
The only thing I might suggest is holding off till the summer..
Intel should be releasing their next processor line and nvidia will improve further on the graphics front, at the very least it would drive prices of current stuff down.
If your really set on upgrading now then your build looks solid enough but as said above,
look at 1 bigger card rather than 2 smaller ones and possibly a larger SSD, I'm regretting not getting 256GB one last year when I got my current one.
Change the HDD to a Western Digital and the SSD to a non OCZ and you will be fine.
Other than those two things it looks quite good indeed.
yep, I say dont bother with SLI as well, I know alot of folks that got rid of it this year with the 600 series and radeon 7k series, there just is not the same reason anymore especially with a single monitor running 1080p resolutions, a 650Ti or 660Ti is plenty powerfull enough to play at this resolution, if you look carefull enough there is a few 660Ti that can compete directly with 670s and cheaper as well. The other option you have, hold with whatever gpu you currently have for another 2 months or so, AMD is releasing thier next series very very shortly, but if you cannot wait, well there is also the Radeon 7870XT or Pitcairn LE however you want to look at it, simply is the best $/performance graphics card out there currently, but yes I also recomend making sure they are 2gb Vram at minimum, this way here eye candy can be used and you are unlikely to run out of Vram-do make sure you`re OS is 64bit though as I am sure you know.
For the cpu, no point in holding off, Intels next series was setback untill at least the 3Q if not longer last I heard, they simply have no reason to release it right now. AMD next series was also held back for performance reasons among others.
Ram wise, you could go for an 1866 kit or higher if the overclocking is part of what you intend to do.
Hard drive wise, to each thier own, I have always used western digital, and am now very partial to thier caviar black line, longer warranty, better performance, they might cost a bit more, but in my opinion are worth that price.
As for the OCZ ssd comments, well, I am still using an agility 3 60gb now going on 2 years old I suppose, and it is rock solid, havent had a sinlge problem with its performance or anything, I cannot comment on customer service, but provided you research whatever it is you plan on getting, then you`ll be fine. Samsung 830/840, Corsair Force GT and thier newest one(forget name) are also some good choices.
Or if you want to save a few $ get a gtx 660 non ti, and then down the road if you ever feel you need more power add a second.
Thanks for the great input.
I am going with the GTX 660 Ti. I don't know what I was thinking as I can run both screens independently with one good card.
After considering the options I do have an Antec P180 silent case that I could put my current configuration in to just run as a HTPC with a smaller PSU and one GPU if I wanted.
I'm reconsidering my options now but will probably stick with the components I've picked for my main rig regardless.
The H80i is the only part that I'm hesitant on as the pump is 50k hours and I run my pc 24/7
The larger SSD, and 1TB HD are more than sufficient for storage and speed
The 3570K looks like it's fun to play with and provides more than enough boom for the buck.
I have the money now and find if you're constantly waiting for the 'next new thing' to come out you'll never complete a build lol
50000 hrs is nearly 6 years of 24/7 running though.
You will probably replace it before then.
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