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Need Advice On GTX 680 w/ E8500 C2D?
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Default Need Advice On GTX 680 w/ E8500 C2D? - 04-15-2013, 15:50 | posts: 238

Hey guys my E8500 is plenty fast but my ATI 6870 can't keep up with certain games. I was thinking of upgrading to the GTX 680. Am I making a mistake by pairing it with a E8500 C2D?

p.s. I'm running the 6870 with a 500W PSU. The desktop has 2 SATA 2.0 HDD's, 2 DVD drives and that's it. So do I need to upgrade the PSU if I go with the 680?
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 15:55 | posts: 10

better upgrade your cpu
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 15:58 | posts: 84

Replace E8500 with a modern i5 Ivy Bridge
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 17:02 | posts: 17,870 | Location: New Jersey, USA

My e8400 at 4ghz bottlenecks a stock 480. I would do a new CPU, memory, and MB before upgrading to a 680
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 17:21 | posts: 9,775 | Location: UK

Agreed, your CPU isnt plenty fast for todays games.
The gfx card doesnt need that much CPU power, the games do.
You can easily max a gfx card in a benchmark, whereas in many games, there isnt enough power.
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 17:22 | posts: 8,883 | Location: The Zone

Your CPU is going to choke a 680 pretty bad. You'd see improvements even on a 6870 with a modern CPU.
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 17:42 | posts: 25,834 | Location: Hampshire UK

that cpu is in no way plenty fast. it's already holding back your hd 6870. upgrade cpu, you'll see a better performance improvement.
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 18:22 | posts: 238

Well it's a unanimous, i'll upgrade the CPU to a i7 3770K. What mobo and memory do you all suggest?
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 18:28 | posts: 6,399 | Location: Sunny Scotland

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Well it's a unanimous, i'll upgrade the CPU to a i7 3770K. What mobo and memory do you all suggest?
Yeah do that then you'll be advised to get 7950 at a later date, you'll also be advised to get the cheapest asrock mobo you can find and the cheapest 1600mhz ram you can find too.
I'd go gigabyte mobo and 2133mhz ram tbh, but sure whatever.
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 18:40 | posts: 25,834 | Location: Hampshire UK

I would recommend Asus motherboards from personal experience. also, get an i5 if it's a gaming rig and you don't plan doing much heavily threaded stuff. if you have the budget, get an i7, of course. you could also wait for haswell, if you can wait. nothing wrong with 7950, asrock motherboards btw OP.
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 18:48 | posts: 5,147 | Location: FLA,USA

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Yeah do that then you'll be advised to get 7950 at a later date, you'll also be advised to get the cheapest asrock mobo you can find and the cheapest 1600mhz ram you can find too.
I'd go gigabyte mobo and 2133mhz ram tbh, but sure whatever.
I'd suggest a ASUS as well something like a P8Z77-V and pick up some low voltage 1866 or if its not too much more get 2133. You don't need to over spend on either. SLI there is nothing wrong with the 7950 it's a very powerful card you've been getting quite confrontational lately bro chill a bit man.
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 19:06 | posts: 238

My budget is fine. I was planning on buying an SLI 680 Alienware Aurora w/ALX Chassis.

I have an aluminum Lian-Li case. So keep the suggestions coming and if you don't mind links to the products.

* 1) CPU - i7-3770K

2) Motherboard ( insert )

3) Memory ( insert )

* 4) I'm leaning on Nvidia this time because of their drivers and I prefer their CP.
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 19:22 | posts: 5,147 | Location: FLA,USA

Do not buy prebuilt and Alienware is owned by Dell now I would stay away putting the rig together yourself is cheaper and a lot more fun.
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 21:29 | posts: 25 | Location: norway

If you can find a used 2500k for cheap grab it. They oc super easy and do aswell in games as the new ones.

For mob i would just suggest the cheapest asus card and any 8-16gb ddr3 1600+ you can find cheap. (just select a webshop and sort by price )
And maybe you should consider upgrade your power supply if you use the one in the signature. A good brand 650++ would be my suggestion (corsair never fails in my eyes and bigger one if you go sli).

Where do you live? i can link some norwegian links if you want

http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=746638#extra

http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=772527

http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=774729

Dont mind the prices they are in nkr but you see the specs. combined they cost half what i payed for my gtx680

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Default 04-15-2013, 21:44 | posts: 17,870 | Location: New Jersey, USA

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Yeah do that then you'll be advised to get 7950 at a later date, you'll also be advised to get the cheapest asrock mobo you can find and the cheapest 1600mhz ram you can find too.
I'd go gigabyte mobo and 2133mhz ram tbh, but sure whatever.
You off your meds or what?
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 22:08 | posts: 84

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You off your meds or what?
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imho
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 22:56 | posts: 238

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If you can find a used 2500k for cheap grab it. They oc super easy and do aswell in games as the new ones.

For mob i would just suggest the cheapest asus card and any 8-16gb ddr3 1600+ you can find cheap. (just select a webshop and sort by price )
And maybe you should consider upgrade your power supply if you use the one in the signature. A good brand 650++ would be my suggestion (corsair never fails in my eyes and bigger one if you go sli).

Where do you live? i can link some norwegian links if you want

http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=746638#extra

http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=772527

http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=774729

Dont mind the prices they are in nkr but you see the specs. combined they cost half what i payed for my gtx680
Wow, thanks m8

I'm in the US and I checked the prices on Amazon. For the money between the i7 3770k and 2500k i'd rather spend the extra $100 so I don't have to deal with that for 3-4 years.

As far as mobo go I like the MSI/ASUS/Intel mobos. I had a Gigabyte LGA 775 mobo that pretty much everything quit over a 4 year span.
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 23:09 | posts: 17,870 | Location: New Jersey, USA

do you live by a microcenter by chance?
   
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Default 04-15-2013, 23:56 | posts: 238

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do you live by a microcenter by chance?
I wish I did.
   
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Perhaps




imho
that's hilarious, love it.
   
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Default 04-16-2013, 01:05 | posts: 10 | Location: Eastern Ky

Motherboard wise. I'd give one of these a go.

ASRock Z77 Extreme6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157295

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131819

If you have the funds for it, I'd also recommend the ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula. I personally love mine. Here's a link to it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131854

For memory, I'd go with 16 gigs of good 2133 DDR3. G.skill, Kingston HyperX, or Corsair. You can't really go wrong with any of those three. I do like Kingston's lifetime warranty, and both Kingston and G.skill are great value for performance.

Good luck to you.
   
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Default 04-16-2013, 01:52 | posts: 1,113 | Location: Monmouth County, NJ

Your 6870 is already bottle necked from your cpu let alone putting a 680 in lol.
   
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Default 04-17-2013, 15:47 | posts: 238

OK guys thanks for all the info on the parts and suggestions. All the motherboards listed appear to use Dual Channel Memory. I was looking at the Alienware Aurora Desktops say, they use Quad Channel Memory.

So the question is, if a motherboard says Dual Channel Memory and if I install 4x2GB of Ram Sticks, is the motherboard now running Quad Channel?
   
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Default 04-17-2013, 16:12 | posts: 7,246

Unless you plan on going for an X79 platform you're going to be running dual channel. I'd go for 2x4 gig sticks personally, filling all your memory banks with 2 gig modules isn't a great idea.
   
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Default 04-17-2013, 16:25 | posts: 5,147 | Location: FLA,USA

There is little to no effect running quad channel RAM in gaming and the price of X79 is rediculous for the minor gain you get compaired to a 1155 socket Z77 board.
   
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