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CPU - i5 2500k $225
Mobo - Asrock P67 Pro3 $141
Ram - GSkill RipjawsX 8gb Dual channel PC1600 CL8 8-8-24 $117
--> or CL9 9-9-24 $108
Cooler - Don't know. The only cooler remotely good I found selling in my country was the V6GT which reviews all around say is bad. There is the Jing but I'm not sure about that yet.
The rest will be whatever is in my sig rig.

Total $483

Budget - $500 (lower the better) without cooler, that one is coming out of a different budget.

Main use - gaming

I'm not yet fixed on any so any recommendations are welcome.

So, I made a wrong upgrade and bought a graphics card. I was thinking I should just get it over with and buy a new rig. Problem is I'm going to be on assignment for a year next year and won't be able to use the PC. So I'm thinking either to upgrade to get the best of my graphics card or sell it and get a cheaper one or just eat the losses as experience.

So this setup will only last me a year at most, followed by a year of none use then I'll re-evaluate the PC status and see if I should buy or keep using this.

So first question is, is it worth it to get a $500 (or however much lower you can take it) upgrade which I'm going to get the most of for a year at most? The rig will be relegated to a file server regardless if I upgrade or not.

For the ram is CL8 worth $9 more? I'm pretty much set with 8gb dual channel.

Motherboard, I'm looking for a board that has the most number of sata ports (all internal, don't need any external) without breaking the bank. Since intel fixed it at 2xsata3 and 4xsata2, I'm looking for a cheap board that has all 6 and maybe kind enough to throw in some extra ports from vendors. If not 6 is my absolute minimum. I need this for my predicted HDD needs, the 1 listed in my sig is just the main one. I'm planning on buying a PCIe to SATA controller on top so the board should not have the only PCIe slot just below the PCIe x16 slot.

CPU, I was thinking of going lower (i5 2400) since it's just going to be 1 year but I'm torn since 6 sata ports seems to be only available on P67 boards and since I'm getting a P67 might as well pair it with an overclockable CPU.

So many SATA ports might be overkill for some but I need the HDD space unfortunately.

Cooler suggestions? my current stock is running above 50 on light load. So I don't want to use the stock fan as much as possible.

Edit: I posted this on Intel since I think Sandy Bridge is the way to go, but if you can point me to a good AMD build that is better than what I can get on Sandy Bridge at my price point I'll check it out.

Thanks for the help.
Edited by Famia - 5/18/11 at 11:12am
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You might as well leave your system as it is, it's your call though. I don't think it's worth it to do a platform upgrade for only a year. The 2500K would definately send you ahead though
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Originally Posted by Famia View Post
CPU - i5 2500k $225
Mobo - Asrock P67 Pro3 $141
Ram - GSkill RipjawsX 8gb Dual channel PC1600 CL8 8-8-24 $117
--> or CL9 9-9-24 $108
Cooler - Don't know. The only cooler remotely good I found selling in my country was the V6GT which reviews all around say is bad. There is the Jing but I'm not sure about that yet.
The rest will be whatever is in my sig rig.

Total $483

Budget - $500 (lower the better) without cooler, that one is coming out of a different budget.

Main use - gaming

I'm not yet fixed on any so any recommendations are welcome.

So, I made a wrong upgrade and bought a graphics card. I was thinking I should just get it over with and buy a new rig. Problem is I'm going to be on assignment for a year next year and won't be able to use the PC. So I'm thinking either to upgrade to get the best of my graphics card or sell it and get a cheaper one or just eat the losses as experience.

So this setup will only last me a year at most, followed by a year of none use then I'll re-evaluate the PC status and see if I should buy or keep using this.

So first question is, is it worth it to get a $500 (or however much lower you can take it) upgrade which I'm going to get the most of for a year at most? The rig will be relegated to a file server regardless if I upgrade or not.

For the ram is CL8 worth $9 more? I'm pretty much set with 8gb dual channel.

Motherboard, I'm looking for a board that has the most number of sata ports (all internal, don't need any external) without breaking the bank. Since intel fixed it at 2xsata3 and 4xsata2, I'm looking for a cheap board that has all 6 and maybe kind enough to throw in some extra ports from vendors. If not 6 is my absolute minimum. I need this for my predicted HDD needs, the 1 listed in my sig is just the main one. I'm planning on buying a PCIe to SATA controller on top so the board should not have the only PCIe slot just below the PCIe x16 slot.

CPU, I was thinking of going lower (i5 2400) since it's just going to be 1 year but I'm torn since 6 sata ports seems to be only available on P67 boards and since I'm getting a P67 might as well pair it with an overclockable CPU.

So many SATA ports might be overkill for some but I need the HDD space unfortunately.

Cooler suggestions? my current stock is running above 50 on light load. So I don't want to use the stock fan as much as possible.

Edit: I posted this on Intel since I think Sandy Bridge is the way to go, but if you can point me to a good AMD build that is better than what I can get on Sandy Bridge at my price point I'll check it out.

Thanks for the help.
I think it'd be foolish to upgrade to Sandy Bridge now, Bulldozer is just around the corner and may be a better value. Not saying it will be better or anything but it is most definitely something worth waiting out.
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@Theblademaster: I was thinking it's not worth it too. Just that I asked for some quotations for the build and I was amazed at how low the entry point for sandy bridge is and I got back to the "maybe I really should" thinking again. I'll just flip a coin if I can't decide by this month-end >.>

@Airloden: Maybe it'll be worth it, just that the more I wait, the less likely I'm getting anything. And their performance is yet to be seen.

I'll see if I can get a few more opinions on this.
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