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Upgrading for a laptop that I bought a year ago I run core temp to keep an eye on my cpu temps, the laptop was reaching 60-70 idle and 85-103 under full load, so i decided it was time to move to something that I can easily upgrade and most importently keep cool, I was originally looking at an intel build with an I7 liquid cooling and a corsair 650D case, (would have cost 1,500 but my good friend (who has also built his own PC) talked some practicality and sense into me, so I went with some not as jaw dropping parts (still great stuff though) for a total cost of 950 haven't had a chance to benchmark it yet (will update this) the one game I could test (league of legends) I was able to get 213fps everything maxed, at 1680x 1050 60htz so I am very happy so far. (Sorry about the blurry pics I blame IPads)

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  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I got the same board, great build.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

The upgrade path on the AM3+ socket has a bright future, though. So if you plan to upgrade, it's certainly not out of the question.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with hydro. I'd recommend an Intel i5 3570K with a decent mobo and drop down to a 650W power supply. Then you could opt for a GTX 660 Ti if you wanted. Good luck!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice, I will have to keep that in mind the next time I built a system. I figured I would buy a Psu that would last for a forever or at least a long time, say if SLI becomes standard I'll have the wattage for an upgrade, I think I should have gone with a better CPU I've just heard bad things about bulldozer, and intel feels like buying an apple, you have to pay a lot for what you get (it's good stuff though)

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

the piledriver cpu are better then getting a new motherboard and cpu from intel. I have the 8150 and it's not that bad as people say it is(i use it in the REAL world). If you want to upgrade the 8350 beats the i5 3570k.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

HX 750 would be fine though, would probably SLI a 7950/GTX 760 no problem :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

No you're fine as it stands; heavily oc'ing future cpus and sli'ng gpus might draw some power

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

A the same time I already got the parts (sad face) good advice goes to waste ;(

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Nothing wrong with what you got. I built a budget minded PC last year using that CPU. It runs well and is good and stable. No complaints from the one I built it for.

Unless you are an extreme enthusiast with unlimitied funds, you don't have to have the best of everything to have a PC that fits your needs. For a gamer, I would rather see an average processor and as good of video as you can afford. Your build has that, so no worries.

I can price out(using pcpartpicker)a system here that costs >$9000.00 that would have everything I could ever want. Yes I am an eyefinity geek. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G7Qg I cannot afford, nor would I buy it if I could, that system. Most of it is pie in the sky stuff. If I could have any PC I wanted, I would buy and build this. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G7W1

Since I am on a tight budget, I will try to update my pc with parts I already have and will likely end up with this or similar. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Glu3 I already have the monitors, one of the video cards, case, keyboard, HDD, DVD Burner. I am not sure I will even post pics of that when it gets built since its nothing special. But it is well suited for the games I play and the work I do.

I have a lot of fun building PCs. With almost every build I look back and say, why didn't I buy this instead of that. Try not to do that. Bottom line, do not feel bad about what you have. Build it and enjoy it.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion, the CM Storm Scout is a very ugly case. However, I really like the CM Storm Scout 2

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the scout 2looked pretty nice, really loved the handles and design of this one as well, it's got a nice mesh front, clean lines, and slick sides, it's bigger than I thought it would be, but its the first custom case I've bought so that might have something to do with it. Over all I'm happy with it.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I had originally planned on getting a scout and doing this mod: http://www.cmstorm.com/forum/showthread.php?824-CM-Storm-quot-Scout-quot-Window-Case-Mod One of my favorite mods!

But I went in a different direction.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks sick! :O

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a budget build? HDD overpriced by 25$, 8 gigs would have been perfect saves you 40$, PSU is overkill 650w would have been great saves you 80$. That's over 145 bucks for a better video card or cash in your pocket. Other than that, this is still a good computer that CPU is an amazing piece.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Was originally going to go with one 8GB stick, but I went with 16GB to take advantage of dual channel

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

With respect, your pictures are scrachy; think you could take and post better ones? I'd really like to see the details of the build.

Also, let me know how the GTX 660 works out for you.

Looks like a solid build. Good job.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Kind of overkill on the psu, you would only neeed 500-600 watts unless you're planning in runnng dual gpus, or maybe even 3

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 850w?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on using SLI soon, so I wanted to have enough headroom as far as watts go.

  • 82 months ago
  • -1 points

The only thing I can say is you shoulda gotten a less outdated CPU, and drop the wattage a little to about 650, and with the saved money upgrade the graphics card

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

totally agree here. cutting the un needed cost on the PSU and RAM and other parts would have easily built this system a modern i5-3570k with maybe even room to upgrade the GPU.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

believe it or not this build cost 400 less then my original one, I also looked at going with with one 8GB stick, but I went with 16GB to take advantage of the dual channel MB, also went with the 850W PSU for future proof power. I could have built a system to be great for today, but I spent big on parts that I can throw in any future system (Ram, PSU, HDD, BDR), and saved on the CPU and MB (because this one does everything I need without tons of bells and whistles) I personally don't know if going with the GTX 660 TI for 400 more cuda cores would be worth the $100 for me.

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