#1 Posted by Marfoo (5993 posts) -

Just thought I'd share my latest upgrade to put something new in the forum.

I just upgraded from:

Core 2 Quad QX9770 OC 4.0GHz
4GB DDR3 1600 CAS 7
2x 7870 Crossfire

to

i7 4770k OC 4.4GHz
16GB DDR3 2400 CAS 9
2x 7870 Crossfire

I had originally built the top machine in 2008 with 2x 4870s. Eventually those couldn't keep up and I replaced them with a 7870. I ended finding a really good deal on a used 7870 and went Crossfire again. The QX9770 couldn't keep up despite being overclocked and 4GB was getting claustrophobic.

Made a huge difference in performance! Really unlocked the potential of the two cards in Crossfire. Plus, I threw it all into a Fractal Define R4 with a Noctua NH-D14 and Noctua 140mm fans throughout the case. She runs nice and cool and whisper quiet!

Anyone else done any upgrading? Also, anyone else overclocking a 4770k? Care to share your final clocks, volts and temps?

#2 Edited by Klunt_Bumskrint (3513 posts) -


Congrats.

I recently upgraded from 680 SLI to 780 SLi, that's about it.

What made you pick the 7870?

#3 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13593 posts) -

I haven't upgraded since I went from a 955 to 8350 one yea ago.

#4 Posted by Marfoo (5993 posts) -

Congrats.

I recently upgraded from 680 SLI to 780 SLi, that's about it.

What made you pick the 7870?

It was between that and the GTX 660, both were about the same price at the time. My old motherboard was an X38 chipset which only supported Crossfire. Knowing I might eventually add a second card should a good deal come around I opted for the Radeon. Plus they were offering Far Cry 3 bundled with it. :D Worked out pretty well.

#5 Posted by Marfoo (5993 posts) -

I haven't upgraded since I went from a 955 to 8350 one yea ago.

I'm curious, do you play BF4 at all? That game ate my last processor for lunch which is why I upgraded, how does the 8350 fare?

#6 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13593 posts) -

@Marfoo: I don't buy games from EA.

#7 Posted by Marfoo (5993 posts) -
#8 Posted by Postmortem123 (7612 posts) -

I upgraded to a 780 Classified and got a 120GB Samsung SSD. I might step-up to the 780 Ti if I can.

#9 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13593 posts) -
@Marfoo said:

@GummiRaccoon said:

@Marfoo: I don't buy games from EA.

Fair enough.

It's too bad, I liked a lot of their games, but they went all ubisoft so...

They can start getting my money again when they clean up their act.

#10 Posted by Marfoo (5993 posts) -

@Marfoo said:

@GummiRaccoon said:

@Marfoo: I don't buy games from EA.

Fair enough.

It's too bad, I liked a lot of their games, but they went all ubisoft so...

They can start getting my money again when they clean up their act.

Yeah, I've thought about not giving them my money too because they really are pretty awful. But I can't resist the games! Battlefield and Mass Effect mainly.

#11 Posted by leon2365 (13050 posts) -

last time I upgraded was from and old AMD, 4GB ram, and some tiny NVidia card, to a 2.4Ghz core 2 duo, 1gb NVidia card, and 8gb ram. then eventually I did a bigger upgrade to a mobile platform with an i7 3740QM at 2.70Ghz, 16GB RAM, and NVidia GeForce GT 650M at 2GB. best upgrade I have done so far.

#12 Posted by Marfoo (5993 posts) -

@leon2365: Yeah, mobile definitely has its perks. Being able to just pick up and go is nice, and you have everything you need.

#13 Edited by leon2365 (13050 posts) -

@Marfoo: indeed it is nice. I am also planning on doing another upgrade to my mobile platform, but I have yet to finalize a decision, and its still a ways off, so I have time to ask around and do research.

#14 Edited by Horgen (110005 posts) -

@leon2365 said:

last time I upgraded was from and old AMD, 4GB ram, and some tiny NVidia card, to a 2.4Ghz core 2 duo, 1gb NVidia card, and 8gb ram. then eventually I did a bigger upgrade to a mobile platform with an i7 3740QM at 2.70Ghz, 16GB RAM, and NVidia GeForce GT 650M at 2GB. best upgrade I have done so far.

My two last "upgrades" was going from the old family computer which is running a Pentium 4 at 3.0 GHz with 2GB RAM, originally 1 GB, and also switched the X300 with a X1600XT ATI card. Those were done early in its lifetime. Then I got a laptop, i5 450 which boosts up to either 2.4 or 2.67GHz. It's a dual core. It has 4GB of RAM and a 5650M GPU I think. Then up to my current one which is a i5 3570K at 4.3GHz, GTX 680 and 16GB of RAM... As you probably can tell this is the first computer I've seriously used for gaming. Although both the family comp and laptop ran my old time favourite PC games well. Those being GTA VC and SA, Oblivion. Used to be a console gamer back then.

#15 Posted by leon2365 (13050 posts) -

@leon2365 said:

last time I upgraded was from and old AMD, 4GB ram, and some tiny NVidia card, to a 2.4Ghz core 2 duo, 1gb NVidia card, and 8gb ram. then eventually I did a bigger upgrade to a mobile platform with an i7 3740QM at 2.70Ghz, 16GB RAM, and NVidia GeForce GT 650M at 2GB. best upgrade I have done so far.

My two last "upgrades" was going from the old family computer which is running a Pentium 4 at 3.0 GHz with 2GB RAM, originally 1 GB, and also switched the X300 with a X1600XT ATI card. Those were done early in its lifetime. Then I got a laptop, i5 450 which boosts up to either 2.4 or 2.67GHz. It's a dual core. It has 4GB of RAM and a 5650M GPU I think. Then up to my current one which is a i5 3570K at 4.3GHz, GTX 680 and 16GB of RAM... As you probably can tell this is the first computer I've seriously used for gaming. Although both the family comp and laptop ran my old time favourite PC games well. Those being GTA VC and SA, Oblivion. Used to be a console gamer back then.

same here. my first PC was the family computer. then I built one after having learned how to, and this new laptop is the first one i've seriously used for gaming as well. and that PC I built did run my favorite games as well. and I forgot to include in my original post, but my current gaming laptop's processor is a quad core.

#16 Edited by Horgen (110005 posts) -

How is the 650M for gaming? The 5650M my laptop has is on par with the X1600XT. Maybe slightly better, but not a big difference. They both ran GTA VC, SA and Oblivion about the same. Of course the 5650M is a DX 10 card though.