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#1 Feb 13 2013 at 4:21 PM Rating: Good
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cynyck wrote:

Here's the build, I have a bit more in the budget to improve the CPU if anyone has any suggestions. The core of this build comes from mysuperpc so I am assuming there are no conflicts.

I upgraded the vid card and would not have a problem upgrading the CPU but I don't want to start causing problems with things not working well together. I'm grabbing 8g of RAM and plan on running Win7 Home Premium; would more RAM be a wise or wasteful addition?

Also, I'm not an audiophile, but would it be a good idea to grab a sound card?

Well first thing Amazon seemed to be the worst of the few I checked for prices, so you could probably save a few bucks going to Newegg or Tiger Direct. I chose Tiger Direct because their overnight shipping is stupid cheap (13 bucks for me).

As for upgrading CPU you could go with an i7-3930. Its just the upgraded version of the i5 you have there, so wouldn't cause issues. Also Its expensive(500 ish). Wrong i7, you would have to look for the Ivy bridge variant not the Sandy Bridge-e Version Tom's Hardware Jan 2013 Gaming CPUs CPU 200+ dollars list

For Gaming the 8 gigs or Ram is fine, since most of my research the concesus for pure gaming anything after 8 makes little difference (Unless you make a ram disk). You 'may' want to goto 16 if you do any editing. I would suggest going with something higher then PC12800 (1600Mhz), specially if you're looking at any OCing. From my checking around PC3 14900 (DDR3 1866Mhz) seems to be the sweet spot for gaming/basic OC'ing. But you can get all the way up to 2800 MHZ clocked RAM, for the price (I wouldnt suggest going to much higher then 2133Mhz, personal preference) Ill provide a link to the article I found on Ram speeds and link it soon, also the article on Real world testing with 4-6-8-12-16 gigs ram)Tom's Hardware on Ram upgrades

As for soundcard IMHO, as im not an audiophile, your Mobo already has optical out and 5.1, so your pretty good there.

Edited, Feb 13th 2013 4:25pm by BeanX

Edited, Feb 13th 2013 4:33pm by BeanX
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