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Old 11-05-2010, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Doing some upgrades, Asking advice before buying.

So i'm getting ready to buy, just wanted some opinions to make sure i'm not missing anything. Haven't kept up on new parts in the last 6 months, Need opinions and suggestions.

Current Rig

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield @ 3.2GHz (Stock cooling)
XFX GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3
BIOSTAR TPOWER X58A LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
PC Power and Cooling 610W Continuous @ 40C PSU
G.SKILL 6GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit
x2 Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM In RAID 0
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


The things i want to upgrade are:

*1. Case

Thinking about - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Full Tower w/ Side window - Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Side window


*2. CPU Cooling

Thinking about - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

*3. GPU

Thinking the SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102909

(Thanks to PP Mguire rep+)

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GTX 470 - Newegg.com - EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

*Also i need a External hard drive, around 500GB-1TB - Preferably eSATA

Thinking about this - Fantom Drives G-Force 500GB - Newegg.com - Fantom Drives G-Force 500GB USB 2.0 / eSATA External Hard Drive GF500EU


BUDGET - I want to stay under $800.00 - but i'm not looking for the best of the best
i just want the best Money : Performance ratio

Also, what would you guess is my biggest bottleneck? I want to be upgrade free for the next year, and want to be able to play some new DX11 games.

Thanks in advance!
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HAF 923 is good. I have the 922 myself. Excellent case.

Heatsink looks good. There's several other tower ones, but that's not a bad price.

Most of the people I know, prefer the 460. But that's all I know.

External is fine. I never need more than USB, but that's me. USB 3? :P

You should be alright for the next year, I'm thinking.
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Is your 260 not powerful enough anymore?
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I never lag with it, but its only DX10.

And there are a few DX11 games i would love to play. I was thinking of selling my GTX 260 so i won't feel so bad about the small upgrade. It is a amazing card.
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260 is a great card but if your willing to shell out the cash i suggest a 6870.
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Would the 6870 be on par or better than a GTX 470?

I was kinda leaning towards the GTX 460 FTW, its like $220.00
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Did some research, and for the money i think i just settled on the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB - Only a little more and, OC'd looks like it holds up to the HD 5870

Thanks for the suggestion!!

*This is the post that kinda made me agree

*http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...g-study-6.html
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Considering im OCed and run around the 5870/480 stomping grounds with a 465 you should be past me with a 6870. Youll be real happy with that card. (Proof im not Nvidia biased, you know who you are)

For a cooler id suggest something a little more beefier than the 212. Im not sure what kinda OC your aiming for but the i7s are a bit to toasty for a 212 in the 3.8-4ghz range. Id suggest something like a Meglahems or a TRUE, or even a Xigmatech s1283 with dual fan setups. They are more pricey but will keep your cpu cooler in the long run which is what you want.

I wouldnt recommend a premade off the wall brand external. You never know what kinda drive is in the enclosure and you dont know how long the enclosure will last before it dies (reviewed tons of them in my noob days). I suggest getting an Icy Dock or Eagle Tech enclosure and getting a nice Seagate or WD 500/1TB thats 7200RPM. If your motherboard has USB3 then id suggest that instead of eSATA since its faster and eSATA can be a pain in the butt sometimes. Thats up to you though.
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The most i will OC this is about 3.5GHz ( changing volts scare me ) lol
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