Solved CPU OR GPU Upgrade - Haswell Gaming Rig

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September 17, 2013 at 00:44:27
Specs: Windows 7 64 Bit, Intel Core2 Quad Q8200
I am trying to Upgrade my Old Gaming Desktop which is 5 Years Old.
My Old PC Configuration:-
LGA 775 Socket
Intel Core2 Quad Q8200
XFX780i SLI Gaming Motherboard
Transcend DDR2 Ram 6GB (2x3)
Geforce Nvidia 9600 GT Graphic Card
Antec PSU 450Watts

I don't know which one to upgrade first GPU OR CPU With Motherboard
Currently I am planning to build New Haswell Gaming Rig.
Since I have Low Budget, I cannot complete the gaming rig at one Shot
My new Haswell Config:- (Not Planning to Overclock)
I5-4670
Asrock Z87 Extreme4 Motherboard - (I need SLI in Future because I will not get this option in H87 mobo)
GSkills Ripjaws DDR3 8GB (4x2)
Cooler Maste Hyper 212 Evo - Heat Sink
Antec P280 Case
Antec PSU 450Watts
Geforce Nvidia 9600 GT (I will retain old one time being until I get better GPU. In future I will upgrade both PSU & GPU to GTX 760 Or 770 with 650Watts 80 Plus Gold)

I need best opinion about my views on building best gaming rig slowley. Also I need advice which one shall I go first. Does my GPU Bottleneck CPU?

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#1
September 17, 2013 at 07:19:44
The only problem with your old rig is the outdated video card. If you never took advantage of SLi with your current board, why do you need SLi for your new board? Just buy an inexpensive gaming card & ride out what you have for a while longer. You appear to prefer nvidia, so how about a GTX 650 for about $75? Performs a lot better, uses a lot less power.

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#2
September 17, 2013 at 19:44:44
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I agree. If you can afford it right now, get something for the future. I would suggest at least a GTX650 Ti Boost or GTX 660 and an upgrade to your power supply to support it, both of which you can use when you do the new build for quite a while. Your current card would not be enough for gaming with the new rig any more than it is with your current rig (actually worse).
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#3
September 18, 2013 at 00:00:08
Ok, I will retain my Old Rig and Update my GPU & Power Supply First.
Rest of them I will update later.
If I use two GTX 660 or 650 Graphic Cards with SLI, Does My CPU bottleneck?
Or Shall I buy any one of these Graphic Cards which is best
GTX 660, GTX 650 or GTX 760
For Future proof which is better?

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#4
September 18, 2013 at 05:07:22
I suggested a decent, inexpensive gaming card that requires even less power than your current card so that no PSU upgrade will be required. Why do you want to pull the trigger on a $250 card plus a PSU? Hang on to your money until you're ready to do a complete build. In a few months, the $250 cards you're drooling over now will be selling for a lot less.

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#5
September 18, 2013 at 13:11:14
These threads take on a life of their own. You're short on money and you need to build a new machine. That's a combination that doesn't work well.

Follow the advice from riider rather than throwing ~$300 in the gutter.

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#6
September 18, 2013 at 16:10:31
The GTX650 does not SLI but it will be fine for now as riider says. If you insist on the POTENTIAL for SLI for the future, you need to go with the GTX650 Ti Boost (the regular Ti is not SLI either). The GTX650 and the GTX650 Ti should work with your power supply, the GTX650 Ti Boost probably will work with it for now (lists as 450W power supply required) if you want to eventually SLI it with another later when you upgrade BUT if you are going to wait more than 6 months, there will be newer cards out (the upper 700 series is out and the others will be out by then), then as mentioned, keep the price down so you can purchase the rest of the system sooner. If you are getting the rest of the system in say a month or two, try getting the Boost so if you find you need it, you can SLI it. If you are going to be much more than that, the GTX650 or GTX650 Ti will be a significant improvement over what you have and you will be thinking a new generation of everything by then so as already mentioned, save the money now. Even the GTX650 would be a decent starter for your new machine for a while and the upgrade later would be easier when you have the money.
No, the SLI will not make much more difference on your current system so wait and get the system first.
--- I hope that clarifies my opinion better. I was not disagreeing, I was laying out another thought/option.

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#7
September 19, 2013 at 03:59:00
Guy's Thank you very much for all your support.
I have decided to go with GTX 650Ti Boost for time being.
Once I am ready I will build entire system with one go.

One More Question

Does my CPU supports Overclock?
If it supports, what is the max clock speed I can reach with Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Heat Sink?
Will my XFX780i Motherboard supports Overclock?


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#8
September 19, 2013 at 18:53:28
Look:
http://forums.overclockers.com.au/s...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/2...
Since I am not familiar with the chipset (I have OC only with boards with Intel chipsets), I Googled and found these for you.

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