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System upgrade - budget of ~£350

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Kona*, 4 Jan 2014.

  1. Kona*

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

    Posts: 2,039

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    Hi GH,

    I'm wanting to upgrade my system which I use mainly for gaming (BF4 & PS2) and also as a home lab (VM's, GNS). My current spec is:

    i5-2500K (SB, LGA1155) - Overclocked to 4.6GHz
    ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 (Z68, supports some IB processors - full list here: http://bit.ly/19UF4Aq, supports memory speeds 2133(OC), 1866(OC), 1600, 1333, 1066)
    Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz (2x4GB)
    MSI GeForce GTX 570 OC Twin FrozR III PE (1.2GB)

    Asus Xonar DX 7.1 PCI-Express
    Antec TruePower Modular 750W PSU
    Samsung 830 SSD (128GB)
    Seagate Constellation ES 2.5" HDD (500GB)
    NZXT Phantom (1st edition)
    Waterblock: EK Supreme HF (1st edition)
    Res/Pump: EK DCP 4.0 Combo
    Rad: XSPC EX240

    The stuff I have put in bold are what I'm expecting I'll need to upgrade, the rest I'm happy to keep and reuse. I'll sort out a new WC block if necessary :)

    I'm happy to switch to AMD if it's any more cost effective and I have no preference on GPU manufacturer - whatever gives me the best bang for my buck at the moment!

    Thanks for looking, all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Kona*
     
  2. ShivP

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Oct 2013

    Posts: 8,916

    Location: Leicester

    Tbh that build is pretty decent, you won't get much of a performance boost from going from the 2nd gen i5 to say a 4th gen i5 - I'd keep that CPU and motherboard. Maybe sell that GTX 570 of yours and maybe buy a GTX 780
     
  3. RJC

    Don

    Joined: 29 May 2005

    Posts: 28,871

    Location: Kent

  4. Kona*

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

    Posts: 2,039

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    I thought the 4th Gen i5's were much, much faster - thanks for putting me right! I'm glad to here it's still a decent enough build, I'm not finding it slow usually, it's just BF4/PS2 are taxing it quite a lot! Plus VM's love memory :)

    I'll check out both the 270X and 780 - the memory is a steal at £129!
     
  5. Kona*

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

    Posts: 2,039

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    RJC, looking through the 270X section there are loads on this week only - is the Asus the best one to go with out of the lot? Some have faster or slower turbo clock speeds, and the MSI (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-226-MS) is £5 cheaper. Is it just down to personal preference?