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Old 08-11-11, 11:45 PM   #1
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Hey guys

Sorry for another one of these threads. Its time for a CPU upgrade, and i'm totally out of the loop with whats good at the moment.

From what i can gather, sandy bridge is what you want?

i'm on a bit of a budget, but i do want the best bang for buck. So i'm thinking an intel core i5 2500k is probably a good bet.

or is it worth shelling out the extra for a 2600k?

anyone got some good motherboard suggestions? and ram while i'm at it?

I'm currently on an old C2D of some variety, but i have upgraded the video card to a GTX 570

so far i'm thinking
intel core i5 2500k
asrock z68-pro3
16gb kingston hyperx 1600
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Old 08-12-11, 09:31 AM   #2
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Hey guys

Sorry for another one of these threads. Its time for a CPU upgrade, and i'm totally out of the loop with whats good at the moment.

From what i can gather, sandy bridge is what you want?

i'm on a bit of a budget, but i do want the best bang for buck. So i'm thinking an intel core i5 2500k is probably a good bet.

or is it worth shelling out the extra for a 2600k?

anyone got some good motherboard suggestions? and ram while i'm at it?

I'm currently on an old C2D of some variety, but i have upgraded the video card to a GTX 570

so far i'm thinking
intel core i5 2500k
asrock z68-pro3
16gb kingston hyperx 1600
That's just about exactly what I'm looking at getting (even the Asrock) only with 8Gb ram for my end of year upgrade if able.

From what I've seen the extra $100 for the 2600k would be better spent on another component - for me anyway, very budget restricted right now.
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Old 08-12-11, 10:18 AM   #3
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I have the Asus P8P67 Pro and 8 gig of Gskill ripjaws and they run great together. Any reason why you would need 16 gig or ram? And that Asrock board will be just fine.
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Old 08-12-11, 11:06 AM   #4
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ram is so fing cheap

gskill 8gb w/ code EMCKBJH66 = $34.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231422
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Old 08-13-11, 10:47 AM   #5
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Hey guys

Sorry for another one of these threads. Its time for a CPU upgrade, and i'm totally out of the loop with whats good at the moment.

From what i can gather, sandy bridge is what you want?

i'm on a bit of a budget, but i do want the best bang for buck. So i'm thinking an intel core i5 2500k is probably a good bet.

or is it worth shelling out the extra for a 2600k?

anyone got some good motherboard suggestions? and ram while i'm at it?

I'm currently on an old C2D of some variety, but i have upgraded the video card to a GTX 570

so far i'm thinking
intel core i5 2500k
asrock z68-pro3
16gb kingston hyperx 1600
You can get the 2500K for 204.99 @ newegg. Have to hurry, sale ends tomorrow.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
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Old 08-13-11, 11:40 AM   #6
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You can get the 2500K for 204.99 @ newegg. Have to hurry, sale ends tomorrow.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
Microcenter is even less if he lives anywhere near one.

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...e40_promo.html
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I have the Asus P8P67 Pro and 8 gig of Gskill ripjaws and they run great together. Any reason why you would need 16 gig or ram? And that Asrock board will be just fine.
because ram is cheeeeap .

i ended up with what i said above, so far so good. Going to pick up an SSD and do a re-install, my windows install is a bit bloated atm. Not to mention i installed it with the controller in IDE mode at least 2 hard drives ago haha, probably best to do a fresh one in AHCI.

microcenter / newegg is no good for me - i'm in the land down under
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because ram is cheeeeap .

i ended up with what i said above, so far so good. Going to pick up an SSD and do a re-install, my windows install is a bit bloated atm. Not to mention i installed it with the controller in IDE mode at least 2 hard drives ago haha, probably best to do a fresh one in AHCI.

microcenter / newegg is no good for me - i'm in the land down under
How did I miss that in your location before?

Meh....getting old

Post your impressions on that Asrock board if you get the chance please - they look to have some serious bang for the buck.

Is Asrock made by Asus? I seem to remember reading that somewhere....
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because ram is cheeeeap .

i ended up with what i said above, so far so good. Going to pick up an SSD and do a re-install, my windows install is a bit bloated atm. Not to mention i installed it with the controller in IDE mode at least 2 hard drives ago haha, probably best to do a fresh one in AHCI.

microcenter / newegg is no good for me - i'm in the land down under
Glad you're up and running. which ssd are you going to get?
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Old 08-15-11, 11:15 PM   #10
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i picked up a patriot pyro 120gb yesterday. Sata 3, quoted speed is 550mb/s R 515mb/s W.

http://www.patriotmemory.com/product...d=1114&type=17

did a clean install of win 7 last night, now it's like greased lightning! i did have a velociraptor before and the improvement is huge. I've got windows and games on the SSD and i've demoted the raptor to other programs (office, firefox, adobe, etc). Haven't re-installed any games yet, i'll do that tonight.

so far so good with the Asrock. The bios is a nice GUI and very easy to navigate. It's got a lot of built in OC profiles, or you can do it all manually. I used a little asrock windows OC util that came on the CD to change the multiplier to 40x and it's running at 4ghz without skipping a beat. Didn't need to touch anything else. Has all the Z68 features, but i cant really comment on them yet.

Only thing is after the motherboard upgrade, i'm having network issues. The NIC works ok and all the computers talk to each other, but my media PC just wont play videos. Trying to open a video over the network freezes it totally. I'm using XBMC but i cant open them via the UNC share either. Since this happened after the upgrade, i have to assume its to do with the new NIC / MB. It's a real head scratcher. Might be a driver issue or a setting with the onboard NIC? i dont know. Got a bit more playing around to do there. Dont think it's a dud motherboard, cause the computer has network connectivity and doesn't experience any problems. It's just the other PC's on the wireless network suddenly struggle to open files off of it.

-fixed. was an issue with the homegroup permissions becoming broken for some reason.
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Old 08-20-11, 08:47 AM   #11
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Get a Sandy i5-2500K for $219 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 a motherboard for $129 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130583 8gigs of DDR1600 for $48 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104266 GTX 470 for $160 at evga B Stock http://www.evga.com/products/prodlist.asp?switch=20 You could get all that for around $556 ,. Then you will have one kick ass system.Most all of the sandy 2500k will do 4.4gig and some people are doing over 5gigs.but with that motherboard you can do a combo buy with a 2500K sandy and save another $20 and with that you could buy a CPU heatsink cooler.I see you done have a GTX 570 which is great.You could also get a 750 watt cooler master For $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171053 that would be a fast system for around $500
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