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Combining new CPU/HDD/MB with some old components.

by Bogdanov989 / March 27, 2014 2:04 AM PDT

I am on a rather tight budget, so i am trying to make a decent PC upgrade by replacing my oldest components and combining them with the "less old" ones.

New components (not yet purchased):

CPU: INTEL Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz (strongest i5, the next one is i7 that is ~50% more expensive)

MB: Gigabyte MB - SOCKET 1150 - GA-Z87-HD3 (this one costs about 100 euro, i could go to about 180 euro if something valuable can be gained).

HDD: WD 1TB SATA III, 64MB, 3.5", 7200rpm, Caviar Black - WD1002FAEX (fastest rpm and biggest cache that i could find, rather cheap as well)

Old components (not enough money for new GPU):
Windows 7 64-bit
GPU: NVidia GTX 460

RAM: 8GB DD3 1866MHz

Powersupply: Cooler Master 550W

Personally i think the only room for meaningful improvement (within price range) would be a higher quality motherboard upgrade, but i am not sure what i would gain by doing it?

The motherboard i mentioned above already has the Z87 chipset (intel's best in the latest generation, as far as i know), and the RAM speed is within it's capabilities - also as far as i know, the i5 can be safely overclocked on it.

So what do you think of this setup?
Please feel free to offer any advice and/or suggestions as to how i can improve it

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Hold on. Read this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2014 2:07 AM PDT

"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "

OK, since we see the CPU isn't the usual bottleneck on gaming, are you sure you are changing the right parts?

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current cpu is 10 years old
by Bogdanov989 / March 27, 2014 2:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Hold on. Read this.

My current cpu is a Intel Pentium D 940 - nearly a decade old piece of hardware.

So i am pretty sure my CPU needs to be upgraded to something newer Happy

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In that case, it will feel great
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2014 3:45 AM PDT

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