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Windows 7: New gaming rig

22 May 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
New gaming rig


Looking to upgrade my current rig, built in 2011, primarily for gaming.

Here is the spec;
Gainward GeForce GTX 580 "GOOD Edition" 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-E
Intel Core i7-2600 3.40GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail
Asus P8P67 PRO Intel P67 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard ** B3 REVISION
Corsair HX 850W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power Supply
Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive
Cooler Master HAF 922 Case - Black
Corsair Hydro H50-1 High-Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM
GeIL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz VALUE PLUS Dual Channel
Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Sound Card
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (3.5g)

Id like to keep the case and PSU and replace the rest. I want it to be as future proof as possible so when it comes to the next upgrade i can just keep it small.

Budget is $1200 but it is flexible if necessary.

I have had a good look but there is so much choice these days I got a little lost! Looks like DDR4 and 2011 sockets are the latest tech, is it worth going that route to get the most life out of the machine? I'd really appreciate any help, thanks in Advance.

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22 May 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Looks like you added a screenshot but it doesn't show. Use the paperclip icon where you compose the text.

In the short term, I would say you can even continue using it with some higher RAM and a GTX980 (GTX 970 have crippled VRAM and google coil whine, although mine doesn't whine). Overclock the CPU if not already. You can also keep GTX 580 as a dedicated PhysX card, if you have PhysX games.

I guess there will be new Intel CPUs coming out soon? Others will comment on that I am sure.
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22 May 2015   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

If that's a 2600 CPU, not a 2600K, you aren't going to overclock much, but even then I tend to agree with GoKay---move to 8 GB RAM and a new video card and re-evaluate.

That might cost 300 to 600. If not satisfied, then continue with other components.

I'm not sure how much better performance you'd get if you instead spent 1200 and upgraded RAM, video card, motherboard, CPU, drives, case, etc---at least for gaming purposes.

The upcoming Skylake processors will use DDR4 RAM and a socket 1151 motherboard, so if you upgraded your DDR3 RAM now, it could not be carried forward to a Skylake. Nor could you carry forward a currently available socket 1150 CPU.

As far as I know, you WOULD be able to carry forward a new video card.

On the other hand, if you have $1200 plus burning a hole in your pocket and you definitely want to blow it all, then you have to decide whether to go all out on socket 1150 or 2011 stuff now or wait till probably August or September and go all out on socket 1151. There aren't any Skylake benchmarks out there yet to do any comparison.

A socket 1150 PC with a 4790K CPU is very strong and will remain so, but your average enthusiast type is probably going to be highly impressed by the additional cores available on socket 2011, regardless of benchmarks--even though there's little benefit to a gaming machine. We don't know if it would impress you, for bragging rights or otherwise.

I don't keep track of video cards, but I've seen posts stating that new high-end cards will be out soon enough too.
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22 May 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Well, unless you want to wait for Skylake, and there is no point in getting a Z97.

Motherboards | SABERTOOTH Z87 | ASUS USA

Excellent price here, and dam now they`re giving away memory with it

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -

And nobody else can beat this price.

And any new EVGA 980 card.
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28 May 2015   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Ubuntu 14.04 x64, and Windows 10 Tech Preview

For $1200, I would go with the MSI Krait edition MOBO because it is the best looking ATX board i'v seen in the black and white color scheme. I would go with an i7 4770k or 4790k Quad Core. I would also go with 16 GB Crucial Ballistix Tactial. As far as the storage goes, I would go with either the intel 730 or anything corsair or Crucial except for the BX100.
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28 May 2015   #6

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

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31 May 2015   #7

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

The Z87 Sabertooth with an i7-4790k and an EVGA 980 Classy is an amazing combination. For RAM I'd recommend Kingston HyperX (no higher than 1600MHz if you're not going to be overclocking your CPU, 2400MHz if you are) and for an SSD either Intel 730 or Samsung 850 EVO Pro.
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