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MrFancypants Forum Admin

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#1 7 years ago

After reading some more reviews I have a preliminary set of components with which to upgrade my PC:

CPU: Core I5 2500k I'm not much of an overclocker, but I like to keep my options open. Sadly this CPU is more expensive than it was a couple of weeks ago, but that's just bad luck it seems.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 A relatively cheap motherboard that seems to have all the features that I need (in particular a PCI-express x1 slot above the PCI-E x16 slot for a soundcard that won't be in the way of the GPU cooler.

RAM: 4gb DDR 1333MHZ Or maybe 8gb, RAM is cheap these days.

PSU: Not quite sure yet, but probably a Coolermaster Silent Pro M500, Antec High Current Gamer 600 or BeQuiet Pure Power L8 530.

Maybe also a cheap SSD with less than 100gb capacity for about 100€. Other components will be salvaged from my current PC (sound card, ATI 6970, Antec Sonata III case, an old HDD and a Scythe Mugen 2 which hopefully fits on that 1155 board with the same pieces used to screw it onto a 775 board).

What do you think?




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#2 7 years ago

I just ordered the following parts this morning. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. gave me a hand researching some parts and we finialized it this morning and hopefully it will arrive sometime this week. I opted out for express shipping so it should only be a couple days (hopefully, cause I want to get into BF3!).

Anyway, here's the parts and total (in CAD):

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I was looking to spend between $500-$1000 so I kept it in budget.

I have a Corsair 750W PSU and an HDD from my current PC that I'll be using, plus the same case so I saved a bit there.




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#3 7 years ago

Upgrading from an ATI 4890 and a E8400 3.0.




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#4 7 years ago
Giz;5576996Upgrading from an ATI 4890 and a E8400 3.0.

bout time :p




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#5 7 years ago

This baby's got a few surprises left in her, sweetheart.




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#6 7 years ago

I can't think of anything wrong with your parts list there. Any reason for the upgrade though? I can't remember what your specs are, but I thought you were running gen 1 i7?




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#7 7 years ago

Maybe faster ram.

Its so cheap these days its not a big deal to spend a few bucks more.




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#8 7 years ago

*Daedalus;5577206I can't think of anything wrong with your parts list there. Any reason for the upgrade though? I can't remember what your specs are, but I thought you were running gen 1 i7?[/QUOTE] Same as Giz, an E8400. I exchanged my ATI4870 with a 6970 a while ago though.

[QUOTE=kow_ciller;5577242]Maybe faster ram.

Its so cheap these days its not a big deal to spend a few bucks more.

Maybe 1600Mhz would be good to have in case I upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU.




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#9 7 years ago

The new parts arrived and I finished installing everything. I got a MSI motherboard instead of the Gigabyte and an Adata 120gb SSD. I also ended up buying a BeQuiet Straight Power 500W PSU (very quiet, no cable management despite the high pricetag though). The result is very nice, as I eliminated the old PSU and HDD as noise sources this PC is very quiet.

The upgrade also solved some annoying issues I had with my old PC (it restarted itself after turning it off).




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#10 7 years ago

Nice work m8. You gonna post a few pics ?