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 Post subject: Upgrade
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:37 am 
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Hi All,

Wondering whether you guys can help out. Time to upgrade the old girl. Other than for a new GPU (ASUS 2G GTX 660 Ti) and max RAM (8GB) everything is stock. I would like to be able to use my PC for work which requires high resolution graphics (files up to 2Gb) and the PC will be hooked up to a Dell UltraSharp U2713H 27" Monitor with PremierColor. Other than for replacing the GPU and RAM, I''ve never done a complete build of a PC before. Would be getting my gear from Newegg and would require everything bar a new GPU (including power supply, which I believe is on the way out). Can anyone recommend, item by item, what they would recommend? Looking to spend about $1000.

Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 1:27 am 
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Just my 2 cents of course, but if I were to build a new PC from scratch today, here's what I would get (minus GPU of course...Newegg links included):

Computer case - (Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811139012

Motherboard - (ASRock Z87 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813157369

CPU - (Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116898

CPU cooler - (COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835103099

RAM - (G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBSR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231534

Power supply - (CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139010

Optical drive - (ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827135204

The following thread has a PDF document with step-by-step instructions on how to upgrade the 630i to an ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 motherboard. Although that motherboard is old now, the one recommend above (Z87 Extreme4) should be similar enough that the instructions should still be helpful--just be careful that the connections go to the right items on the motherboard:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5245

BTW, there are numerous helpful "how-to" videos on YouTube--I highly recommend the ones by newegg tv for their complete from-scratch PC builds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNG ... Z-zGprESbY

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:39 pm 
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Thanks for the reply. I'd like to keep the original XPS 630i casing as I like the look and would prefer not to add to landfill, if possible. Are there a range of motherboards that will fit into the 630 case without adjustment? I've read to ASUS boards require case adjustment but what about MSI, in particular the MSI Z77A-GD65?


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:06 pm 
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That motherboard will fit just fine--as will any standard ATX board; the 630i case is not designed to fit any other sizes (i.e. Micro ATX, etc.)

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:07 pm 
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buza79: If you follow gdonners suggestions you will not go far wrong (I certainly didn't). You will also end up with an awesome computer (almost as good as mine) ha ha!

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XPS 630i (silver) case
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC ACX 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
8GB G.Skill DDR3 Sniper Memory
Windows 7 Home Edition (64 bit) SP1
ACER S271HL LED HD 27inch Monitor
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Mobo
Intel 3rd Gen. Core i5-3570K (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache) CPU (OC'd to 4.2GHz)
Logitech G35 7.1 surround sound Headset
2 x SCSI Hardrives (1 x 256Gb Crucial M4 SSD & 1 x 600Gb WDC Blue WD64 00AAKS-75A7B)
Perixx PX-2000 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard
Gigabyte M8000X Laser Gaming Mouse
Scythe Kaze Master Pro Ace Manual Fan Controller[/size]
Modified front case fans (2 x Aerocool Shark 12cm Quad LED 15 Blade Fluid
Dynamic Bearing Fan-Blue)


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:04 am 
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So, ordered all the parts and awaiting delivery. Will probably begin the build in the week after Christmas. Have been reading through your file gdonner, as well as some other suggested resources, so hopefully will not run into too many difficulties. Might need some further advice during the build though. Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:24 pm 
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By all means let us know if you run into any problem(s). Also, don't hesitate to research specific hardware that you prefer. Just be sure to check customer reviews to avoid items with a high failure rate.

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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:40 pm 
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So the build is complete!! Everything seems to be working fine. Ended up going with an ASRock Z87 Extreme 6, Core i7-4770k, 16GB G.SKill Ripjaws 1600Mhz, existing GPU (as above), Cooler Master 1000w silent pro PSU, Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler and an ASUS blue-ray burner.

Gdonner, your pdf manual proved invaluable so thanks for that. Although the motherboard layouts are slightly different between the P67 and Z87, they're close enough. Only thing I can't figure out is if there is a firewire connector on the Z87 (doesn't seem to be) and how to connect the media card reader to the motherboard. Will keep trying though.


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 Post subject: Re: Upgrade
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:38 pm 
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Great stuff--glad it was a help to you! The media card reader should connect to any available USB header/connector on the motherboard. There might not be a firewire connector on the Z87 Exteme6, seeing as it's less popular than it used to be (what with USB 3.0 out now).

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