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Old 05-20-2014, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Upgrading 6 yr old system, opinions on choices wanted

Current Computer Build: (parts to be kept, parts to be replaced, or no longer necessary)

XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 95W Processor HH80562PH0568M
LG 20X DVDĪR Super Multi DVD Burner Black ATAPI / E-IDE Model GSA-H55NK
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard
XFX PVT98FYDDU GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) XXX 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD, Multi-Directional Mount, 92mm PWM Fan
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
StarTech ST100SLP 1 Port Low Profile PCI / PCI-X 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Network Adapter Card

Replacements Parts:

Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell 3.3GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600 BX80646I54590 $200
ASUS Z87-K LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $118
EVGA 02G-P4-3751-KR GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card $150
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM $90
Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive $110
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 $55

Total: $723

I'm concerned with physical clashes between parts (memory and CPU heatsink/fan in particular), reusing my CPU heatsink/fan, and if alternative parts I overlooked are available for less money or better performance for the same cost. This site was extremely helpful when I build that system above back in 2008 and hopefully will be just as friendly and useful for the upgrade in 2014. Thank you in advance.
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