Upgrading major components. Advice please.


Jan 21, 2013
Here is the situation. I am currently running a system that is as follows...

CPU-Q6600 @ 3.0ghz
MOBO-DFI Lanparty UT P35
RAM - 4 gigs GSKILL something 800mhz?
GPU - Radeon HD 5770

Those are the parts I want to replace. Everything else is in great shape and would work nicely with new parts.

The link bellow has the parts I am thinking about getting.

My goal with computer is to do a lot of gaming, Photoshop/Illustrator, Streaming, video editing and video rendering. What do you guys think?


Approximate Purchase Date: No specified time frame.

Budget Range: $1000.00 - $1500.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Rendering, streaming, Photoshop

Are you buying a monitor: Not yet

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, MOBO, RAM, GPU Current PSU is OCZ GXS 1010 http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-gamexstream-power-supply-1010w-eol.html

Do you need to buy OS: No, Retail

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, ncix

Location: Manhattan, KS

Parts Preferences:Intel for CPU, EVGA for GPU, MOBO im open on (was a DFI fan but they arent making mobos anymore.) RAM im open

Overclocking: Yes / maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: All sorts of games, FPS mostly, Photoshop, Premier, All of the Creative suite really...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Games are becoming difficult to run.. but mainly I would like to stream and multitask better.

I have selected this so far...

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

COOLING: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

MOBO: ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD16GX3M2A1600C9

GPU: EVGA 04G-P4-3687-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


viable option for upgrade is :
-buy large SSD : samsung 840 pro 250GB or intel 330 256GB
-get better quality power supply

those 2 parts can be used in the future build

btw what software do u use for vide editing/rendering?
this is what i will recommend

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $584.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 00:46 EST-0500)

for games 660 is 2-3x times 5770 performace, and ultimate part for premiere CS6. good partial upgrade until newer NVIDIA line up coming
Reasonable, with a couple of exceptions:

1. The Corsair ram has high heat spreaders which will interfere with many cpu coolers. They are mostly marketing.
Look for low profile ram. I might suggest this cas 9 kit for less:

2. The asus motherboard is nice, but you can find an equally good Z77 based motherboard for half the price.

3. A build with this budget should have a SSD. 120gb will hold the os and a handful of games. 180gb or 240gb would be better.
Everything you do will feel much quicker.

4. Your current psu should be OK since it is functioning now. But be advised that it is considered a tier 4 unit on this list:

As to waiting for haswell, consider your current situation.
If your current pc is not satisfying you, then go ahead and upgrade. I consider the 3570K and 3770K chips to be 4 year cpu's.

If you wait for the next best thing, you will wait forever.
Buy what you need now.

Not good compared to Samsung 840 pro for less.

Actually, Intel 330 or 335 and samsung 840/830 at about $200 will perform just as well in real life as compared to synthetic benchmarks.


Jan 21, 2013
Do most people agree that the updated list is good?

By the way. Thank you Geo and AMD for all your help. I've been struggling with this thing for a while now.

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