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    Upgrade

    Hey guys,

    My current specs are listed to the left, I want as good an upgrade as I can get without having to replace everything. Since my current CPU is the bottleneck, I think upgrading the main parts (motherboard, CPU, RAM and GPU) are essential and I'm wondering if they would work well with other components, mainly the PSU.

    Asus P8P67 Pro Rev3 Intel P67 Express Socket 1155 Motherboard - £150.80

    Intel CPU Core i5 2500K Unlocked Sandy Bridge Quad Core Processor - £165.78

    Corsair Memory Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 8 XMP Dual Channel Desktop Sandybridge Ready - £95.76

    MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti TWIN FROZR II 1GB NVIDIA Graphics Card - £199.87

    Those are the items I'm looking at, can anyone see any bottleneck there? Do you think my Corsair 450W 450HXUK PSU will cope with this lot as well as my drives? Also, is that the best version of the Asus P8P67? I did compare them all, and it looks the best.

    Also just noticed, 3 out of the 4 items above are on the Scan TO offers, yet I won't have the money for them until the end of the month, damn!

    Oh, and I'll probably need a bigger monitor as well to display the glorious output from this system, I wouldn't want it bigger about 24" but a native resolution of 1080p would be nice, any ideas? I guess a budget might be a good idea, say absolute max of £800?

    Anyway, cheers in advance for the help.

    Allen

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    Re: Upgrade

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    Re: Upgrade

    I expect you aren't getting comments on your choices as no-one can pick holes in them?

    As for the monitor, depends entirely on what you intend doing with it.

    A while back Anandtech went quite loopy over a 120Hz screen saying even if you don't care for 3D it is still worth having specially if you game:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3842/a...-look-at-120hz

    however if you do photo work then IPS might be better. I presume as you already have a monitor you don't just want to upgrade to a cheap higher rez one.

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    Re: Upgrade

    The 5850 for £100 is a good bargain. You could also get a Q6600 (or other cheap quad; intel and s775 is a bit of a mystery) and drop it in with a cooler and may be OC a little? (this would be my choice for a total of about 160. The improvement would be massive.) BD in june and 28nm GPUs at the end of the year. I suppos eif you wan t a decent system now then there does not appear to be anything wrong with what you have.

    My 5850 does fine in WoT (30-60 everything max; I am using 4xAA @1920x1080).

    Power draw wise I think you may be borderline with either build. I meant to reply on friday but never got round to it.

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    Re: Upgrade

    I have now ordered the above (mobo, CPU, RAM and GPU, plus a bigger PSU just in case, this one in case you're wondering), got them all on Scan's TO offers!

    My next purchase is a new monitor, and I'm probably getting one of these as I can pick one up brand new for about £100.

    So, the GPU has 2 x DVI-I and 1 x mini HDMI outputs and the monitor has 1 x D-Sub, 1 x Dual Link DVI-D and 1 x HDMI input. The GPU seems to come with 2 adaptors, 1 x D-Sub to DVI and 1 mini HDMI to HDMI. So what would be the best cable to get?

    I don't know the difference between DVI-I and DVI-D, but are they compatible? Would it just be easier to use a HDMI cable since an adaptor comes with the GPU? Would there be any difference in quality between DVI and HDMI (Google says no, but I want to check).

    Cheers.

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