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 Post subject: Re: $500
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:39 pm 
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gdonner wrote:
you should be set for several years of failure-free hardware now, right? (wishful thinking?) :lolno:


Yes, that is definitely wishful thinking. However, I will probably continue to build... I must have a masochistic streak. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: $500
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Once bitten... :lol: some are just more fortunate than others...until their builder's luck wears out. :)

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 Post subject: Re: $500
 Post Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:09 pm 
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gdonner wrote:
That set of hardware should serve you well! Although it probably won't match exactly, the attached PDF document can help with the step-by-step process of upgrading; just be sure to consult the ASRock Z77 manual for the right pin-out numbers and cabling, etc.

Also, if you don't plan on removing the Master I/O Board, then just skip that section in the PDF since there will be no need to touch any cabling for your 630i's front/back case LED lighting. Just be sure to plug the Master I/O Board's USB connector (that went to the 630i mobo) to one of the Z77's on-board USB connectors.

As always, take your time, don't hesitate to ask any questions, and be sure to post pics when you're done so we can drool over the new hardware! :)


Can you clarify if the 'system panel connector to motherboard header (#24PANEL1, White)' in your pdf attachmnet is the same connector that connects to connector #4 (front panel USB connector(FP_USB)) on the original motherboard ?
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 Post subject: Re: $500
 Post Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:43 pm 
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:think: I believe so (though I ditched the Master I/O Board, so I'm not the best to ask)--but as I understand it, if you're keeping the MIO board, its USB connector to the 630i mobo simply connects to one of the USB headers on your new mobo. I don't think it matters which USB header on your new mobo you plug it into (i.e. front panel vs. other USB header), but I'll let one of our gurus step in and clarify that--I don't want to steer you wrong on a mod I didn't do myself.

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 Post subject: Re: $500
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:40 pm 
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Hi,
I have a XPS630i with stock mobo. I just added a few RAM years ago and changed video card last year because the first one died.

I need to go for a mobo / CPU / RAM upgrade to enjoy my brand new NBA 2K15.

I'm kinda lost in all that motherboard / CPU / etc stuff, I really don't know what to go for.

I was wondering if the combo [ASRock Z77 Extreme4 + 8GB G.Skill DDR3 Sniper + Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU + Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO + Corsair CMPSU-850HX] is still accurate late 2014.

I was also thinking of adding a SSD drive for the OS.

thanks for help.

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 Post subject: Re: $500
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:54 pm 
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Here is what I came up with (with the help of the moderator).

Gigabyte GA-Z97X- UD5H mobo, Intel i5-4670, G.Skill F3-17000CL11D Sniper Series 2x4GB, MYDigitalSSD 128GB drive, 212 EVO cooler - $566 USD total


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