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Old 4th Mar 2015, 11:17   #1
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Upgrade?

Hi All,

Just wondering whether my rig could do with a upgrade. I've had this setup (minus 8GB ram) for 2 years now...

CPU: i5-3750K
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V
RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB (4 x 4GB)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
GPHX: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB
PSU: Corsair 650W
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335
Screen: Dell U2412M
OS: Win 7 64Bit

Mainly thinking, CPU/Mobo or Graphics Card, or is what I have sufficient for now?

Cheers,
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Old 4th Mar 2015, 11:21   #2
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Only things I would be looking at upgrading there would be maybe get a larger SSD or a better gpui although the 7870 is still capable, it all depends on what you play really

A better case might aid with cooling it all but you may find yours to be sufficient.

I don't think you will get much noticeable extra performance by upgrading the cpu unless you do particularly heavy cpu usage stuff.
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Old 4th Mar 2015, 11:29   #3
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What do you use the machine for?
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Old 4th Mar 2015, 11:31   #4
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For me it would be the case for a change in aesthetics, and a better GPU for the peen framerates.

I doubt you'd notice any difference at all from a platform upgrade unless you're rendering or modelling on there. Other than the inconvenience of course

Sandy/Ivy i5 chips are just about as capable as the Has well variants, particularly in gaming.
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Thanks for the advice guys
Glad my initial thinking aligns with the mighty Bit-Techers

Just to clarify/answer questions:
  • It is used for light "office" work, word/excel/access, gaming and limited video encoding/transcoding.
  • My main "gaming" at the moment is playing catchup on the last ~5+yrs of games (see my posts in the Steam Calculator thread for what I mean... post1, post2)

Just seen lots of shiny recently and getting the urge...
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you can work on the ancillaries (CPU + GPU cooler, fans, etc.) to increase efficiency and add quietness..
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Still a kick ass righ tbh.

The 7870 is a plenty powerful card for what you are doing.
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Change nothing.
Freshen it with a new case and a rebuild if you feel the urge to do something but otherwise, as has already been stated, it is a decent machine.
If you want to max out Metro Last Light, then perhaps buy a GTX 970 or equivalent but otherwise, I would just continue to use and enjoy.
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Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated
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Will keep an eye out for a new case (and probably a modular PSU to make the build tidier).
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