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Upgrade Advice


New Member
Jan 22, 2007
133 (0.03/day)
System Name LANBOX
Processor Core2Quad Q6600 G0 + Zalman CNPS7500 Blue LED
Motherboard Asus P5K-VM mATX
Cooling 2x 120mm, 2x80mm Coolermaster Blue LED
Memory 4GB OCZ DDR2-800 Platinum
Video Card(s) VisionTek HD4870 512mb GDDR5
Storage Maxtor 500GB+1TB Samsung External
Display(s) Acer x223w
Case Cooler Master Centurion 540 mATX
Audio Device(s) Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
Power Supply Ultra Modular 600W
Currently running an OC'd Q6600 and a 4870 with some DDR2-800. I figure its had its 4 year run, time for an upgrade. Ive been out of the computer/gaming scene for the past couple years, and im not current on the latest and greatest hardware.

I need a bleeding-edge CPU, Mobo, ram, gfx card, possibly a SSD if its worth it for gaming performance. Budget 800-1000 dollars, but its flexible. Resolution 1920x1080. I was thinking an i7, 8GB DDR3, preferably an AMD gfx card. Any advice??

Jan 17, 2010
10,200 (3.48/day)
System Name Delta // Alpha-HTPC
Processor Intel i7 6700K // Intel i5 4570
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming K7 // Gigabyte H97M -D3H
Cooling Corsair H80i V2 // Silverstone NT-06 Pro
Memory Corsair DDR4 3000 32gb //G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX980ti// EVGA GTX 1050ti
Storage Samsung 950 Pro 512, 2 Tb FireCuda// Samsung 850 Pro, Synology NAS with 2X Toshiba 6Tb
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" 1440X 2560 // 50" Samsung Plasma 720p
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D // Silverstone Granada GD05
Audio Device(s) ASUS Xonar DGX // HDMI to Yamaha RX V571
Power Supply Corsair TX850M // SeaSonic G Series 550w
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software Windows 10 64bit // Windows 7 64bit with Kodi
Ivy bridge is around the corner (New Intel) But I just did an upgrade so check out my specs. The i7 only has Hyper Threading over the i5 so no real benefit for gaming. As I opted for the i5 2500K. And the AMD 7970 would be your bleeding edge


New Member
Nov 9, 2009
307 (0.10/day)
Havana City,Cuba
System Name Phobias23
Processor Core i5 2500K
Motherboard Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3
Cooling CM 212 EVO
Memory G.SKILL SNIPER 8GB/1866
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 570 TwinFrozr III OC/PE
Storage WD250gb/Hitachi1TB/Samsung750gb
Display(s) Asus 23 led
Case Corsair Carbide 500R white
Power Supply Corsair TX850
Software w7x64
wait til amd new brand hd7970 comes out, cuz half of your budget will go there right now if you choose a gtx580,
if youre planning just a gaming rig go i5 2500k $220
, save for a ssd.
mobo asrock z68 extreme4 gen 3, lot of people here have it and recommend this board. $185
8gb gskill $40/$50
want to go OC, grab a corsair likuid cooler,h60,h80,h100.
cheap cooler CM 212 hyper evo, you can add an extra fan later.. $30/35
luck on your build.