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I'm currently on a AMD Athlon X2 6000+. (phenom II is now in colocation!) so I kind of need to upgrade my PC.

Basically, I'll have $500 to blow on the 30th. I'm looking to upgrade the CPU + Motherboard + RAM, but I'm not sure what I should get.

Currently, sandy bridge looks really promising. I kind of want to go with the i5 2500k, but I've also taken a look at the i7 2600k. The passmark score is almost double the i5 - I'm assuming this is because of HT though.

What would be the best bang for the buck? I'm looking for something that I won't have to upgrade for a few years so that is key.
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In real world applications if you aren't going to be doing encoding or anything that really uses the hyperthreading capabilities the 2500k will be perfect for you. - There should be some pretty good combos if you look hard enough for a 2500k + mobo and ram is fairly in expensive. I picked up a 2600k + WS Revolution for ~ $500 so there should be lots of options open
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Bang for buck, AMD, raw power Intel.

Personally I would buy this motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...MSI-_-13130269

This RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145345

and this CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103913

or this CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103808

But that is just my personal opinion. And as for the motherboard, it's supposed to support AM3+ with a bios update, so that makes a good upgrade to bulldozer. For a cooler I would recommend a cooler master hyper 212 plus, best bag for the buck on the cooler

But that still leaves you without a good GPU, if you want a lot of power on the cheap go with a AMD HD 6950, and flash the bios to a 6970. however if that's too expensive just go with a AMD HD 6870.

If you can't tell I am an AMD / ATI fan, I'm sure the Intel guys will have plenty to say about what you should get as well. Just weigh all of your options. And don't buy a 580 unless you care about benchmarks and not about money. As for a 570, it's equal in performance to AMD HD 6970, and since you can unlock a 6950 it's incredible bang for your buck.
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
In real world applications if you aren't going to be doing encoding or anything that really uses the hyperthreading capabilities the 2500k will be perfect for you. - There should be some pretty good combos if you look hard enough for a 2500k + mobo and ram is fairly in expensive. I picked up a 2600k + WS Revolution for ~ $500 so there should be lots of options open
Do you know of any threads here on ocn that actually compare real world performance (not just benchmarks). I'm leaning towards the 2500k, but I would like to know more about the i7 2600k first - not just what the benchmarks say.
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