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Subject: Need help upgrading my 5y/o PC
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ssr_s Oct 03, 2017 08:45 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Hi guys thanks for helping me,

I purchased this PC about 5 years ago and I feel like it is getting a bit old and outdated and would like to have an upgrade. Today I purchased this Intel 600p m.2 SSD hoping it will improve the performance but found out my motherboard doesnt have a m.2 slot *facepalm.

Without the possibility to return or exchange, whats the option do I have, upgrade/adaptor/rebuild?

CPU: Intel core i7-3770k 3.5ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte z77-D3H
Ram: DDR3 dual channel 2x4gb
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1gb

Thanks again!

Topic URL: http://forums.ncix.com/forums/topic.php?id=2761420

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BoredNow Oct 03, 2017 09:33 AM Reply | Bookmark
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The i7 3770k is perfectly good by todays standards not much has improved significanly on the cpu front, if the mobo overclocks get yourself a cryorig H7/H5 and overclock the cpu 4ghz-4.4ghz.

Some games are liking more ram like BF1 so bump the ram up another 8GB or 16GB https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-Z77-D3H-rev-10#sp mobo says it'll handle up to 32GB.

Your GTX560ti is abysmal for modern gaming, if you're playing at 1080p concider a GTX1060 6GB or GTX 1070 but Nvidia has announced a GTX1070ti for release some day seems to be a paper launch at this point, however the vanilla gtx1070 is more than enough for 1080p but not quite enough for "all" 1440p res gaming for 1440p think GTX1080 or 1080ti.

Re sell the M2 ssd and buy a regular sata ssd.

If all this ^ is no interest to you.

Start over but wait until Oct 5/6th for Coffee Lake i7 8700k /Z370 mobos and you'll need DDR4 but seriously the i7 3770k really is still good and you should have no problem selling it off with the mobo and ddr3 as a package if you do insist on buying all new intel Coffee Lake.

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Greg * NCIX.com Oct 03, 2017 09:45 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I have to agree with BoredNow, the CPU is still very powerful. As a user with a 3770K at home, I'm still very happy with its performance.

If you're not already using an SSD, I'd definitely put a SATA3 SSD at the top of your upgrade list, followed by the video card, and the memory last.

If you do have an SSD already, a newer, faster one isn't going to give you a huge performance difference. I'd move on to video card and memory for upgrade options.

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Spork™ Oct 03, 2017 09:48 AM Reply | Bookmark
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OC your 3770k to 4Ghz+ (be sure to buy a good heatsink like Hyper 212 or Cryorig H7)
Add a GTX 1060 and 500GB SSD and you are set.

Saberon and I have the same 3770k. I game with GTX1060 without any issues.

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ssr_s Oct 03, 2017 04:49 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hello BoardNow,

Thank you very much for this detailed and quick reply, I will definitely look into the overclocking tutorial. Could you please suggest an SSD which is not too expensive but it probably doesn't an upgrade for a few years?

Thanks again!

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ssr_s Oct 03, 2017 04:51 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hi Greg,

Thank you for your help! could you suggest a SATA3 SSD please?

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Greg * NCIX.com Oct 03, 2017 05:09 PM Reply | Bookmark
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We have a Samsung 256GB on sale right now.

More choices can be found here:
https://www.ncix.com/category/solid-state-drive-ssd-2-5-quot-c9-1275-2207.htm

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Spork™ Oct 03, 2017 06:26 PM Reply | Bookmark
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The cost for 256 pro is not worth it. For the price, you would be better to get 500gb.
This will give you plenty of room to work with. As I use a 500gb which has many games ranging from 12GB to 85GB and left with 130gb.

Here is 2 coolers that will help you OC.

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BoredNow Oct 03, 2017 07:12 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Cryorig H5 Ultimate I see this elsewhere $49 find it and try pricematching better than cm212red and the H7.

SSDs, you've got the MX300 275GB $115 and the Sandisk Ultra II 240GB $119 but again you've got to look around.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING 6GB goes for $350, the non SC version 06G-P4-6161-KR goes for $330.

ASUS DUAL-GTX1060-O6G I see at $365 if you want a dual fan version for a fair price. GPUs just keep going up in price it's crazy.



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Spork™ Oct 03, 2017 07:20 PM Reply | Bookmark
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You want to stay away from the non-SC single fan version. The heatsink used in both are very different.
Non-SC has a standard plate, while SC uses heatpipes. Temps are as much 20c difference, as I had both of them.

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ssr_s Oct 03, 2017 08:05 PM Reply | Bookmark
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what is SC version?

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computer_guru Oct 03, 2017 09:17 PM Reply | Bookmark
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GTX 1060 SC ... SC equals superclocked.

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gewilli Oct 08, 2017 04:38 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Why not get a PCI-e M3 card?

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Kwirky Oct 10, 2017 08:10 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Won't be able to boot from NVMe storage with that motherboard, could still use it as a games drive though.

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