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Message 13065 - Posted: 29 Jul 2014, 3:26:33 UTC

Looking for opinions, tips, etc. on a build I'm looking at. Total cost is around $1140 plus shipping from Newegg.

-Corsair Graphite Series 230T ATX Mid Tower Case
-CORSAIR CXM series CX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Modular Active PFC Power Supply
-MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel Z87ATX Motherboard
-Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell Quad-Core 3.3GHz LGA 1150 84W Processor w/Intel HD Graphics 4600
-CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler 120mm
-ADATA XPGâ„¢ Gaming v2.0 Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
-SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card
-Corsair Force LX Series2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
-LG Blu-Ray Burner
-Card Reader, etc.
-Win7 Home Premium

I will also be using one of my existing 500 GB SATA HDD's for game storage (possibly a 1 TB if I end up needing the space) but the SSD will be the primary drive.

If you want more details on items or want to copy my setup, I have a wish list saved at Newegg--though the price shown is a little higher because there is a bundle on the CPU/Mobo/PSU that they won't let you save to a wish list.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=33340168

For reference, my current setup is the following:
-Generic ATX Case
-COOLMAX CX-400B 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply
-ECS GeForce 6100SM-M/nForce 405 Socket AM2 Motherboard
-AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ Brisbane 3.1 GHz Dual-Core Processor 89W
-Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4 GB)DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
-SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card
-2x 500 GB HDD
-Win7 Home Premium

This system has been, and continues to be a great system that is very responsive and a decent performer--though I did get it in 2008, and it is not without its problems. Sleep mode has never really functioned properly (when it wakes up, various things don't seem to work properly such as sound and some USB devices) and lately it takes a few boot cycles before it will actually turn on--often it will just turn itself off during the Windows boot screen. I have upgraded it through the years, as it originally came with 4 GB of RAM and a Radeon X1600 512 MB card. I have also had to replace the motherboard, which just decided to crap out one day.

I have thought about just upgrading the video card (again) but I'm not sure if the aging dual-core processor will push one of the newer mid-range cards like an R7 265 or GTX 750 Ti. I have a little cash right now and can afford the upgrade, though I will be out of the country a significant chunk of next year and thus won't be making as much use of it as I could if I were here... So I'm not sure if it would be better to try upgrading the card, and wait for a completely new system until I get back. But if it seems like a good time to upgrade, I'm ready to make the jump. Any opinions or feedback would be appreciated.
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