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Postby omgbadbeatzlol » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:16 am

Hello everyone. Thanks in advance for your assistance. A former "enthusiast" who doesn't follow this stuff anymore really, so whenever upgrade time comes around, I have no idea what to do. I want to upgrade (mainly to SLI), and might as well do mb/cpu/ram while i'm in there.

Current system, built summer 2011:

1 x LIAN LI PC-A71F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

1 x ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

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1 x ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI ...

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1 x CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active ...

1 x Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics ...

1 x Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

1 x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9

1 x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

1 x LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA IHBS112-29 - OEM

2 x Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

My general strategy whenever I do serious system upgrades is to get stuff just below the top tier, so that i can get damn near top performance, while saving a good bit of money. No budget specifically, but would prefer (obviously) combos of equipment that have been tested and are known to be compatible.

Thinking Intel, and 2 matching vid cards in SLI. Whatever chipset works best for the CPU. Definitely want more than adequate RAM. Will be running two monitors, and would like to have something up on one while gaming hard on the other and not have performance issues. Let me know if any other information would help the determination.

Thanks!
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Postby Roach412 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:00 am

have to ask...

why are you upgrading? what's the problem with the current configuration, besides that it's not SLI (which you don't need in order to dual display)?

your components are more-or-less "up-to-date".

if you're really doing it to get SLI, then grab another of your 570 - and plug away. your system should handle it fine - but if you wanted extra peace of mind i would think about upping the PSU to 850 or more...but that's it, depending on your use of the computer.

this configuration should last you at least another 12-18 months, and could probably go longer(again, depending on your use)

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Postby omgbadbeatzlol » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:44 am

Roach412 wrote:have to ask...

why are you upgrading? what's the problem with the current configuration, besides that it's not SLI (which you don't need in order to dual display)?

your components are more-or-less "up-to-date".

if you're really doing it to get SLI, then grab another of your 570 - and plug away. your system should handle it fine - but if you wanted extra peace of mind i would think about upping the PSU to 850 or more...but that's it, depending on your use of the computer.

this configuration should last you at least another 12-18 months, and could probably go longer(again, depending on your use)

-Roach
i don't need sli, no, but i'm not seeing the performance i'd like, especially when running one monitor on the gaming side, and one on my desktop. i like to upgrade from time to time, not out of necessity, but just because i want to. :walk:
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Postby Roach412 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:03 pm

i'm not really seeing where your performance issue would stem from.

upgrading anything other than ram/gpu/psu will lead to a near-complete rebuild and, as i had mentioned, would not be much of a step-up from what you already have. especially for the cost.

you can go to an i7 for that board for like $200-250.
then perhaps get mildly faster ram...
and add on another 570...
$600-$700 option.

otherwise, you're switching sockets...getting a new mobo for $200, plus your $200-250 for a new cpu.
another $100+ for mid-grade quality ram.
doesn't make much sense to keep the gpu the same, so grab another 570 for $250.

low-end wise it's a rebuild to rebuild; for a small percentage increase in performance for like 800 bucks.

could be better off spending less than that amount on a 680 and a 900w+ psu. that card would last until the rest of your system "dates" out and would still be transferable to any new build at that time.

just throwing ideas out there...
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Crucial M4 128gb SATAIII SSD x2
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Postby omgbadbeatzlol » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:28 am

so if i upgrade just the video card to say the EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

is 750w really pushing it to run that system? my how things have changed since i was a kid :|
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Postby evasive » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:11 am

The wattage is what it can deliver. Even though you will not reach that kind of power slurge throughout, you want the power supply to be there once you new video card starts power surges in the high-detailed scenes in your games. You would not be the first to experience a blackout in full play. However, as long as you keep it a single GTX680 your Corsair (yeah a good brand) 750W should hold out for now. Add another GTX680, it is really upgrading time for the PSU...
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