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post #1 of 24
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Hey guys

It's been a while since I did any substantial hardware changes to my sig rig, it's been crawling along for a while and throwing crap PPD my way so it's long overdue for an overhaul.

What I'm thinking right now is getting an i5-2500K. With that I'm probably gonna be looking at a nice motherboard that has SATA3 and USB3 and at the very least 2 PCIe slots for SLI purposes. I've been looking at the new Z68 boards, but I don't know if I'd actually benefit from getting one of those over a nice P67 board. I'd need at least 8 gigs of memory to go with this, but I've been out of the loop for too long to know exactly what's considered good at the moment (preferably Corsair though).

I'm probably gonna go with a Vertex3 for my OS and keep the Caviar Blacks for storage.

The GPU would be replaced by a single-GPU card, probably an EVGA. I'm thinking a nice GTX560, 570 or 580 would do. Not sure what would be the better choice. Also, am I correct in assuming that keeping the 9800GT for PhysX would be a bad idea?

I suppose my PSU would be fine even if I were to throw in a GTX580. I can always upgrade it later on if I decide to throw in a second card.

I'm probably keeping the DVD drive and sound card as well because they're perfectly fine.

I'm also thinking of getting a new case. The P183 (while including all these features that should make it pretty silent) is far from quiet. It also looks dull and it's just a thorn in my eye. I've been looking at the CM690 II as a possible replacement, would that be any good?


Feel free to alter anything or everything on my chaotic build plan up there. It's just the basic idea I've been thinking up; can't seem to make any hard decisions for myself. This thing will be used for daily use as well as gaming and folding.

Thanks in advance guys!

P.S. The crappy 14 inch screen is being replaced by a 22-24 inch one as well .
post #2 of 24
Hello Gunkie,
I would love to give you my input on your plans of upgrading. I am only going to touch on some things. Briefly, I see nothing wrong with upgrading your system and specs. However, you can try to see what you really need to upgrade. Upgrading and not fully utilizing them is a waste of money because it becomes very expensive. I'd probably recommend upgrading the monitor and the GPU and if you want, the MOBO and CPU. Those will be a more effective and more useful upgrade than just specs or for looks. Don't take my opinions too seriously, good luck have fun upgrading.
post #3 of 24
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Well the monitor and GPU are a given.

If I were to upgrade the CPU, it would be socket 1155. My old socket 775 board would have to be replaced as well then. With this comes the memory, socket 1155 boards need DDR3 memory, so my DDR2 memory would also be out.

Then the only things left I think are the SSD and the case, the case is low priority, but a CM690 II would only set me back around €55, so that's not a big issue.

Thanks for the reply though, I appreciate it .
post #4 of 24
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This is what I'm thinking right now:

- OCZ VTX3-25SAT3-120G (OCZ Vertex3 120GB SSD)
- EVGA GeForce GTX 580 or ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS
- Intel Core i5-2500K
- Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B SCMG-2100
- ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME

Still completely lost on the memory though, I'd need at least 8 GB's, any suggestions?

Please feel free to change anything you think would be better!
post #5 of 24
Nice build!

G skill ripjaws x memory has proven to be reliable and it's well recommended around here 1600mhz is the sweet spot for sandybridge
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post #6 of 24
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Yeah, I hear everyone around here recommending G.Skill. Unfortunately they're not easy to come by around here. I'm pretty much limited to Corsair, GeIL, Kingston, Mushkin and OCZ. In DDR3-1600 that pretty much gets narrowed down to the first 3. I guess I'm gonna have to go Corsair again then, but I'm at a loss of what kit to pick. Don't really know much about latencies and whatnot. Here's what I have at my disposal.
post #7 of 24
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post #8 of 24
At this poing, I would wait to see what BD has to offer (Around 1 month)

Those 8 cores might be pretty good, unless you're stuck to Intel, which we all know, SB is quite good.
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post #9 of 24
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Will we actually benefit from 8 cores for gaming though?
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by ps-gunkie View Post
Will we actually benefit from 8 cores for gaming though?
Mostly i doubt it,

If you can wait another month to make up your own mind then by all means do it, in the mean time the 2500k is a monster for it's price and currently holds the bang/buck crown

Another thing to consider is folding. If you fold the 2600k is the cpu you want. unless doing bigadv/linux on the 2500k
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