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Overdue Upgrade - Last minute suggestions before purchase?

post #1 of 13
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I haven't been active on the forums in quite a while - new job, new town, life takes over sometimes it seems.

I try to build new every couple years and Nevermore is starting to show its age. I've managed to set aside enough for a decent midrange upgrade, but it would be great to have some input and opinions.

I'll be keeping the case, psu, hard drives, dvd drive, fans, etc. The upgrade will consist of cpu, cpu cooler, mobo, gpu, and ram.

My budget is was $650 (preferably including shipping costs), but I had to bump over that just a bit.

- Updated the CPU and MOBO.

CPU: i5-2500K

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek S1283 1155 Bracket
(Not really much of an upgrade)

MOBO: Gigabyte Z68 UD3

GPU: EVGA GTX 560 Ti

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

I'm counting on being able to upgrade more down the road as needed - SLI, 8GB of ram, etc - and would hopefully like to get a few years out of it.
Edited by KC_Flip - 5/27/11 at 8:18am
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post #2 of 13
Honestly, could you save up a bit more and go with a P67 and a 2500K?
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Agree get the 2500k and p67 motherboard, it will add atleast another two years ontop of what you have listed before it will be outdated in games
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Thank you both for the input, that really is a much better choice than what I had selected.

I wonder if I need to get the Dark Knight though. I already have the original S1283 running an E8400 at 4.0. Would that be sufficient for the 2500k or is a new cooler necessary?
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post #5 of 13
Not sure what cooler that is, but you could pick up the Hyper 212+ for less than that Dark Knight.
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Personally I would wait for more x68 boards to come out. I have heard a lot of rumors stating Intel is going to stay put for a while with that chipset. But I may be wrong. Your cooler, memory, and card are all very good mid range parts. I have had great results with my ripjaws. My buddy has the same cooler and does pretty good with his i7 960. Hope that helps
post #7 of 13
But the X68 platform really doesn't offer much more than the P67 platform.
And correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the price tag is a bit higher too.
post #8 of 13
The best air coolers on the market are the Noctua D-14 and the Thermaltake Silver Arrow, I would recommend those they are only like 30 bucks more then the Dark Knight.

The Hyper 212+ is the best bang for your buck cooler.

Good build, looks exactly like mine!
The 560 ti and the 2500k has some really good OC ability, I got both cranked up.
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I actually found a S1283 1155 bracket, so I can reuse my current S1283.

I hadn't even looked into the x68 option, but what about something like this Gigabyte Z68 or this Gigabyte Z68?
Edited by KC_Flip - 5/25/11 at 8:27am
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I appreciate all of the input so far. I'm not in a rush to purchase, so I'd like to take my time and research a solid build. Any other ideas or opinions?
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