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Hey guys ~

My brother wants to upgrade his computer so he can use it for Sony Vegas, CS5 and some gaming.

Right now he has an Athlon X4 2.8Ghz. He is thinking of spending about $300-400 for a new CPU, motherboard and maybe a PSU or HDD. With that budget I can only think of Intel 2500k combo at Microcenter.

Should I get that for him or save up for a 2600k?

These are the parts he already has:
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1333mhz
MSI 5770
Raid Max 630W
NZXT Tempest
640GB Caviar Black
Corsair A70 CPU cooler
DVD-RW

He also plays GTA IV and BFBC2. He will eventually upgrade his Video card when BF 3 comes out. I don't think he'll do Crossfire so maybe a 500W-650W for a single card (6870 or 6950)?
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post #2 of 13
The only difference on the 2600k is HT and a little bit higher stock speed.

Have him keep the PSU, A70, hdd, dvdrw, case, and memory.

HT might help a little bit in rendering but it's definitely not worth the cost. Go with the 2500k.
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post #3 of 13
Get the 2500k and overclock it to 4.0 - 4.5Ghz
And please, change that PSU over any other upgrade.
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Get the 2500k and overclock it to 4.0 - 4.5Ghz
And please, change that PSU over any other upgrade.
That psu will handle a single card config with a 6950/etc.

It's really not as bad as some say it is.
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The only difference on the 2600k is HT and a little bit higher stock speed.

Have him keep the PSU, A70, hdd, dvdrw, case, and memory.

HT might help a little bit in rendering but it's definitely not worth the cost. Go with the 2500k.
Then I should probably stick with 2500k, but i just looked and it seems it's sold out in the only Microcenter I have near me.

Will the higher clocks of the 2500k be better than getting an AMD 6x core?
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post #6 of 13
It will indeed beat that 6 core AMD.
It will blast it.

And for the PSU, I have a very-low-acceptance-degree in term of quality.
I'd say get Seasonic or any derivated product (I.E : Antec Truepower, XFX Pro/XXX, Corsair HX Series).
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Get the 2500k and overclock it to 4.0 - 4.5Ghz
And please, change that PSU over any other upgrade.
So far the PSU has worked flawless, but its quite a few years old. It used to be mine for like 2 years and now my brother has used it for like 2 years more so I want to actually have him replace it at some point.

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It will indeed beat that 6 core AMD.
It will blast it.

And for the PSU, I have a very-low-acceptance-degree in term of quality.
I'd say get Seasonic or any derivated product (I.E : Antec Truepower, XFX Pro/XXX, Corsair HX Series).
I was thinking of an XFX 650w since I have a 850w and love it. I've seen them as low as $40-50
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If budget allows why not go with 2600k? It will do wonders in video editing because of HT, but depends how much he actually video edits for it to be worth it.
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post #9 of 13
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Sorry for double post, but seems Microcenter is out of stock of the 2500k.

Any recommendations on a cheap motherboard for it so I can buy it maybe from newegg or Amazon? I haven't built an Intel computer in quite a while so I'm outdated.

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If budget allows why not go with 2600k? It will do wonders in video editing because of HT, but depends how much he actually video edits for it to be worth it.
He won't be doing anything professional... at least now right now. It is more than a hobby right now.

His current computer isn't fast enough right now though.
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Sorry for double post, but seems Microcenter is out of stock of the 2500k.

Any recommendations on a cheap motherboard for it so I can buy it maybe from newegg or Amazon? I haven't built an Intel computer in quite a while so I'm outdated.
Biostar TP67XE is a beast for the money! Only downside is 5 SATA ports, which really is no big deal. And not having a PCI-E x1 at the top of the layout is a drawback unlike some of the other boards. Besides those two gripes, for the price nothing is going to come close to beating it. 10 phase with dual 8 pin ftw
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