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Hey Guys

So Ive already got some advice about what chips, and after reading a bit i decided that i dont think the 2011-3 Chip is worth it due to it being too expensive among other things, Im looking for some advice on some systems that ive put together and although im asking alot it would be greatly appreciated it i could have some assistance :)

I was wondering as the Broadwell Chipset is coming out Q1' 2015 should i upgrade anything else or wait for that to be released.

If i Decide to Upgrade these are the options im looking at if i upgrade now. Also if i could be told if these are all compatible,

Now Ive done my own research and from what i can see they are the only problem may be the RAM & CPU Compatibility due to a 1600Mhz Cap on the 4790K and which is the most bang for my buck in terms of longevity (currently my PC has lasted me 4Years).

I am investing in a i-7 Due to the fact that not only do i game but i also do Graphic Design, Web Design & Web Programming

Ill Be Looking to Upgrade in February 2015 (so it may be even cheaper then)

Current System (Socket 1155 $2800)

Intel Core i-7 2700K
ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Gen3 Motherboard
Antec High Current Pro 850W
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Max IOPS
Gigabyte Radeon HD6970 2GB OC (x2 CF)
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler
Coolermaster HAF X Case
ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor
WD Green 1TB WD10EARX

Upgraded System #1 (Potential - Socket 1150 - $1900 Upgrade)

Intel Core i7-4790K
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard
Antec High Current Pro 850W*
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Max IOPS*
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Corsair Vengance Pro CMY16GX3M2A22133C11 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler*
Coolermaster HAF X Case*
ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor*
ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor
WD Black WD2003FZEX 2TB

Upgraded System #2 (Potential - Socket 1150 - $2100 Upgrade)

Intel Core i7-4790K
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard
Antec High Current Pro 850W*
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Max IOPS*
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Corsair Vengance Pro CMY16GX3M2A22133C11 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler*
Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower
ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor*
ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor
WD Black WD2003FZEX 2TB

OR Should i Purchase a New System and Sell the Old One

New System (Potential - Socket 1150 - $2500 Upgrade)

Intel Core i7-4790K
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard
EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W Platinum Power Supply
Kingston HyperX 3K 250GB SSD
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Corsair Vengance Pro CMY16GX3M2A22133C11 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler*
Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower
ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor*
ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor
WD Black WD2003FZEX 2TB

New System (Potential - Socket 2011-3 - $2800 Upgrade)

Intel Core i7-5820K
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC Motherboard
EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W Platinum Power Supply
Kingston HyperX 3K 250GB SSD
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB
G Skill Ripjaws 4 F4-2400C15Q-16GRB (4x4GB) DDR4
Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler*
Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower
ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor*
ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor
WD Black WD2003FZEX 2TB

Any Help/Advice on which build u think OR if u want to suggest a modified build it would be most appreciated, I Have Had this PC Since Q4' 2010

* In Relation to Parts i Have That Im Not Considering to Replace

Regards
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  1. I personally would replace the Antec High Current Pro 850W if its out of warranty (I don't know how old it is). Then you have a known working backup PSU. I'd also invest in a uninterruptible power supply. Nothing worse then a brown out rapidly reseting or simply turning off your computer. I'd look very close at your power requirements, you maybe ok to go with a smaller PSU depending on how much power your H100 CPU Cooler uses, especially on the nVidia 970 systems.

    Here are some system designs I am considering.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JQB450/saved/GK3WGX
    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JQB450/saved/YwWJ7P
    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JQB450/saved/wxxTwP

    I'll likely go with the i5 vs the i7 as I don't need hyperthreading - the extra performance isn't going to be noticable most of the time.
  2. Thanks For the Opinion But

    Im focusing on an I-7 High End Gaming Rig, the ones u posted are not what im looking for, as seen above, Alot of those parts i dont need and as im Australian i only buy from PCCG so Choice is more limited

    Appreciate the Advice tho :)
  3. If anyone has any useful thoughts/ideas it would be highly appreciated :)

    Thanks!
  4. Best answer
    This is the build I recommend for a PC that can do it all:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 240M 76.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($203.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($150.74 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($128.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($348.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($348.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1894.63
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-09 01:28 EST-0500

    There's no way you'd come close to 1000W. Not even on two GTX 970s.

    -Corsair Nepton 240M is the best AiO cooler aside from maybe the H220x, here's a LinusTechTips review: http://youtu.be/65-aR4o8iT4

    -850W PSU is all you'll need - it'll be enough for GTX 900s SLI + overclocking! - and the EVGA G2 is one of the best, especially for its price. Here's a JonnyGURU review who gave it a 9.9/10 after doing some stress tests and other stuff: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=377

    -Samsung SSDs are the best on the market: http://elitegamingcomputers.com/the-best-ssds-for-gaming/

    -Two GTX 970s will eat up any game and have the best power consumption to performance ratio as well as price to performance ratio.

    -Enthoo Pro is the best full tower case: http://youtu.be/cBhmn21ylkc

    Any questions?
  5. Thanks for the reply Kohwali

    Reading your suggestions i think you have some good points and ive taken some of those and whats your opinion on this build?
    Btw cause im Australian all those prices are inflated quite largely eg:

    Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($350 @ Newegg / $550 @ PCCG), so due to my limitations ive altered it for me as an AU Consumer, Have a look and tell me what you think :) i Also prefer MSI over Asus, Had problems with ASUS stuff before :3

    I Also Already Own The Following

    Intel Core i-7 2700K
    ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Gen3 Motherboard
    Antec High Current Pro 850W
    OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Max IOPS
    WD Green 1TB WD10EARX
    Gigabyte Radeon HD6970 2GB OC (x2 CF)
    G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
    Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler
    Coolermaster HAF X Case
    ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor

    So with that i could always go

    Upgraded System

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K (@ $399)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Cooler (Already Owned)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard (@ $395)
    PSU: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (@ $189)
    GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB (@ $519)
    GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB (@ $519)
    RAM: Kingston Fury Black Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (@ $189)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower (Already Owned)
    Monitor: ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor (Already Owned)
    Monitor: ASUS VE248H 24in LED Monitor (@ $185)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (@ $99)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (@ $139)

    Total: $2400

    ________
    Then Sell

    Intel Core i-7 2700K (@ $200)
    ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Gen3 Motherboard (@ $100)
    Antec High Current Pro 850W (@ $150)
    OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Max IOPS ($150)
    WD Green 1TB WD10EARX (@ $50)
    Gigabyte Radeon HD6970 2GB OC (x2 CF) (@ $100/each)
    G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 (@ $60)

    Total: $900

    What are your thoughts? I might as well use components that i have and that i can still use to save a bit of coin, im also looking to buy this Feb 2015 so it may even go further down

    Regards
  6. Looks good! Good luck with your build!
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