PC Upgrade


Dec 15, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Aquiring and building all parts through Thanksgiving Break

Budget Range: Around $1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Modeling Photoshop Digital Art Video Games

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except for keyboard/mouse/HDD/displays

Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No Dad has an extra copy floating around

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/amazon

Location: Las Cruces, NM, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe In the future if I ever buy an additional graphics card

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I would like to know what you think of my pc part hunting I gathered today and what I could improve upon it.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current pc is unreliable and old.

Current PC SPECS
WINDOWS 7 ultimate 64 bit (fresh install on new HDD)
Asus crosshair motherboard w/sli support and led screen posting
OCZ ddr2-6400 4-GB 2x2GB sticks
AMD athlon 64 x2 6000+ brisbane 3.1 GHz dual core cpu
PNY nvidia gforce 9800+ gtx video card
HP dual layer burner with lightscribe
RAIDMAX Tornado ATX case
SEAGATE barracuda 7200 320 gig HDD
ULTRA 550W X2-Connect modular Power Supply - Titanium w/ Blue UV
SupremeFX Audio Card 8 channel hd audio (came with motherboard)


PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W $160
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77 $110 ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX / GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP $160
CPU: INTEL CORE I5-2500K $200
RAM: 2x G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) $60.00 ($120.00)
Video Card: GeForce GTX 650 $150.00

Tower Case: Rosewill THOR V2-White Edition (comes with 4 fans) $120.00
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series 64GB $50.00

Total Range: $850-960

Will 32GB of RAM make any big of a difference or should I stick to 16GB for now? I'm also unsure which motherboard to get from my list (feel free to suggest other boards as well). This being my very first PC Build I am very excited to get started and any help is very much appreciated. Also I was thinking of not opting on buying a optical drive because I don't use disks at all. Can I just upgrade my drivers and such strictly online or are there mandatory things from disks?



May 3, 2012

-Get a PSU that costs half as much (Not hard there are 80+ 750w for $80)
-Get 8GB of 1600 MHz ram
-Get a $180 non-overclockable i5 (1155 socket, IB)
-Get a cheaper mobo
-Funnel all of this saved money into geting a 7970!

Trust me on this one. You will have a far better PC if you follow my advice. If what I said doesn't give you enough change to get a 7970 then list the best you can afford with the extra money. We will go from there...


May 3, 2012

I like the changes you made a lot!

Some things I would get to fit in a 7970:

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

PSU (I built a rig for my cousin using this and it's awesome!): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231611

SSD (I haven't gotten an SSD yet so not quite sure, but I assume the difference between them isn't noticeable): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227807

At this point it is mostly opinion, but I don't think you need to spend that much on a PSU, and I think the RAM choice I made is definitely better.