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Upgrade to core i5 or get cheap skt775?

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On the last day of the chimp fold a thon my motherboard decided to short out..

Link on that

I am a poor college kid and can't really afford much, but I have been wanting to get a Quad core for some time now. I also haven't really been keeping up with the new tech, but I do like the i5-2400.

So my dilemma is this: do I upgrade to a new board/i5 cpu/DDR3 or get a ~50$ board to last me a year or so longer?

If I do upgrade what would get me the best bang for my buck? I'm not really a gamer or even a OC'er anymore. I do programming, some 3D modeling, and rendering stuff from time to time. I have a corsair 650w psu, raid SATA hdd's and a few optical drives (plenty of SATA ports and at least 1 IDE port a must)

I appreciate any feedback
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2500k fo sho, go used if you must.
    
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just buy a Quad for your 775, no point spending extra.
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Originally Posted by trojan92 View Post
just buy a Quad for your 775, no point spending extra.
I was thinking that but the 775 Quads seem to cost as much if not more than the i5's. That and I don't really want to invest in an old socket.
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post #5 of 6
well do you want to spend ~ $220 vs $500? The cheaper route is getting something along the lines of the socket 775 Q9550 which will fit your needs for a couple of years. Or you can bite the bullet now and do a system overhaul and get a new mobo/ram/cpu.

If money is tight go with the socket 775 quad as you will get your monies worth from it.
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May as well get a i5 2500k since you need a new motherboard anyways. You can sell the e8500 for probably around $100 to help cover costs. Getting an lga775 quad would be a poor decision as you'd need the new cpu and motherboard and you'd end up spending close to the cost of a new setup at much lower performance...It all really depends on how money you have to spend on this.

edit: or you can do a cheap amd phenom build...
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