Upgrade due to malfunction


Aug 11, 2008
Hi all,

I am having some serious issues with my computer... namely, nightly crashes. If you want to help me with that.... its this thread.

I am assuming that it won't be a quick fix, since I have tried everything I can think of and RMAed the graphics card.

Therefore, I am planning on upgrading. Right now I have

a Sapphire HD5870 (new, since it was RMAed),

a P55-UD3 Mobo,

a core i5-760,

8GB of OCZ Reaper DDR3 1333,

a three-year-old 300GB velociraptor as my primary drive,

and an Antec TPQ-850 as my PSU.

I don't really know what to do...

I am considering upgrading (everything which I judge might be the culprit, including) the graphics to EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti, "upgrading" the mobo to the P7P55D-E LX, upgrading the HDD to either a 120G SSD (which I haven't researched enough), a 600GB velociraptor, or a decent 7200RPM drive, and upgrading the PSU since this old guy doesn't have enough SATA power.

However, I realize that I am now thinking about dropping a decent amount of money here, and if I lock in again on the 1156 socket CPU, my new mobo will be obsolete when I buy it. Should I also upgrade the CPU to an i5-2500k? Should I upgrade the RAM?

Should I drop a grand on a system from cyberpower?

My problem is that I get back in touch with computer hardware every two years when I upgrade, but this upgrade is happening way early, and I am not prepared.

Thanks for your help...


Aug 6, 2011
Brand preference?
Editing Programs?Windows MM Doesn't really count.

I would reccomend, if its in your price range, i5 2500k
and P8Z68 or the Pro

(BTW 2500k and 2600k are 1155 socket. Putting 1155 in 1156 will destroy your mobo!)
Unless your doing things other than browsing the web and gaming, that will be fine.

The 560 ti is a great choice.

As for the Power Supply, good brands are Antec, OCZ,SeaSonic, and Corsair.

Though i do recommend THIS

8GB of ram is more than enough for you, unless its malfunctioning,
replace it for a new set of 2x4GB RAM 1.5 sticks.
Kingston is a great brand.Crucial and corsair are good too.

Finnaly, the HDD's depend on the budget.
Get a 1TB F3 Spinpoint and IF your budget allows, a 60 GB SSD for your OS and most freq. use applications.



Aug 11, 2008
Sorry for the lack of detail. My budget is ... trying to get good value. I could spend $1200 (see below) on a new system, but if I can upgrade out of this for $500, then I will probably be happier.

I want to go with Nvidia and Intel. I am not very happy with my 5870, though I could be unfairly blaming it.

I don't overclock in general. I use photoshop for cobbling panoramas and generic photo editing.

And that is my dilemma between the i5 760 that I have and the i5-2500k upgrade. I know that if I stick with the 760, I am buying a new dead-ended mobo. But if I upgrade, it is $200 for the CPU and $100 extra for a 1155 mobo.

I'd be afraid a 600W PSU would be too low? Also, what do you think of SmartResponse SSD tech? Is it better to get a SSD as a boot drive or as a smart response drive?

The CyberPower I am considering is $1300 with maybe $150 in MIR, and has:

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage (Black Color)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) [-104]
Cooling Fan: Xion HP-1216B Five Heatpipes Direct Core Contact Copper Heatsink CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof) (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof) [-3]
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-Z68A-D3-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 Dolby Home Theater Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)
Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair Dominator)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+86] (EVGA Superclocked)
Power Supply Upgrade: * 850 Watts - Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU - PN: W0319RU [+82]
Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64

Thanks for your reply..



Aug 11, 2008
I ended up getting an Aurora R3 from the dell outlet when everything went on sale for 20% off last week. I will probably toss a SSD in there for another $100, but for $1120 after tax and free shipping, i got an i7-2600 and a gtx 580.

So, I'm pretty happy. Without a case and assuming the worst mobo, ram, HDD, and power supply (850W), I saved like $300 on the component cost alone. :sol:

How do I make a thread resolved?