Solved PC Upgrade Spec Double Check Before Buying.

July 29, 2016 at 10:29:14
Specs: Windows 7
A while back, I upgraded my PC, and now it's power has been surpassed by most games, and for those I can play I don't get a frame rate I like. Not to mention I have a Vive and would like a smoother VR experience.

So, I have been thinking about building my own PC and I have assembled a list of parts I'd like to use, I'll post the price, any deals I may get, and the seller.

I will need help finding a good case.

And I want to see if I can pull parts from my current PC to use on my new one.

---------CURRENT SPECS----------
Processor: AMD A10-6700
Board: MSI 2AEO
RAM: 12Gb, but it's unusable, f--- it.
Graphics: 1xGeForce GTX 960
PSU: Corsair CX600
Hard Drive: Standard 2 TB

---------SPECS I WANT----------
PROCESSOR: AMD FX-8370 ($189.99 Cooler Included)
BOARD: MSI Z170 XPower SkyLake - ($303.63 including %15 off MAX $30 OFF)
At least 16 Gb's of RAM
GPU: 2x Geforce GTX 960
PSU: Same?
I have no clue about the case, and would need a cooling system for it.
If any of these parts don't match up or I can find a better deal, or if you can find a part that works better at a lower cost, PLEASE let me know. Thanks. Especially if I've forgotten something important.

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July 29, 2016 at 11:11:19
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Sell what you have & start over.

As for your list, an AMD CPU will not fit in an Intel board. If you want a Z170 board, you'll need to change to an Intel socket 1151 CPU plus you'll need to get DDR4 RAM.


Motherboard: newegg:



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July 29, 2016 at 12:35:27
Thanks, These parts all look in my price range with the exception of the GTX 1070. You see, I'm working on a high schooler's budget, so even though 2x 970's may be less powerful than a 1070, price wise, wouldn't it be a better alternative?

And what do you recommend for Case/Power supply? The case doesn't have to be flashy, just functional, after all, minimum wage employee.

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July 29, 2016 at 13:14:11
Who pays the electric bill? That's something that should be taken into consideration. Gaming machines generally use a fair amount of power. 2x video cards will obviously use more than 1x. If you checked the last link in my other response, the GTX 1070 consumes roughly the same amount of power as a GTX 960 or 90W less than a GTX 970. IMO, either of those 2 cards in SLi would be a waste of money upfront, & then a waste of money on electricity.

"GTX 960s in SLI would be a questionable choice. If you're building a brand new machine, it still makes more sense to spend that budget (~$400+) on a single card solution than on two 960s. The value just isn't there. A single 970, 980, and R9 290X will almost always outperform SLI 960s, and are all in the same general price range."

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July 29, 2016 at 13:36:11
Actually, I purposely rigged up solar panels to keep people from whining about the power bill.

I guess I'll wait till Black Friday/Digital Monday.

So if I bought the 1070 you recommended, as well as the other parts you've recommended, would a PSU putting out 750W be sufficient?

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