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I'm building a new budget system by upgrading certain components. ATM I have a q6600 B3 that can't overclock. an EVGA 680i 8gb of reapers @ 1066 and 1 8800 ultra.

I do intended on gaming, the witcher, Hunted the demon's forge, New Elder scrolls, New hitman and Diablo 3 whenever that comes out.

Planned because I can get them.

i5 2400 ($105) Used
EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked ($110)
Asus P8P67 Deluxe ( $116)
Kingston Hyperx 6gb 1600hrz ($85/ $35 after rebate)

At $105 price for the i5 2400 is it something I should jump at or should I wait save a bit more $ and go spend the extra $120 for an i5 2500k??

Is the system good? I'm just worried that I maybe rushing myself to jump at these because the prices seem good. I think I need assurance that I'm making a sound decision.
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Definitely go for a better gfx card. I'd say at least a 6950 or a 560 Ti. And that memory looks like triple channel, you'll need dual-channel for your system. For gaming the i5-2400 should be fine. I'm assuming you're gaming at 1080p.
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I currently have the i5-2300 and am kicking myself in the nads for not going for the 2500K... But I would wait maybe until after bulldozer is released, because then you can see if AMD has finally stopped hitting the grog and even if it is worse than Sandy Bridge, Intel may give us a price drop
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6GB RAM ? You'll need dual channel - go for 4GB or 8GB. 4GB is technically plenty for games.
I'm wondering why you cannot OC the CPU. How come ? Also, it says E6600 in your sig.
It's a splendid deal for the i5-2400. Certainly.
P8P67 Deluxe seems pretty overkill. Even IF you want to go SLI in the future, an ASRock P67 Extreme4 is way better value wise. I wouldn't recommend the Deluxe when you're on such a tight budget.

GPU is good, and the RAM fine too. However, they need to be dual channel. Well, unless you're thinking of 2x1GB modules, but who buys that anyway ...
I assume you'll likely be going SLI in the future. In that case, I wouldn't got for a GTX 560 or a HD 6950.
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6GB RAM ? You'll need dual channel - go for 4GB or 8GB. 4GB is technically plenty for games.
I'm wondering why you cannot OC the CPU. How come ?
It's a splendid deal for the i5-2400. Certainly.
P8P67 Deluxe seems pretty overkill. Even IF you want to go SLI in the future, an ASRock P67 Extreme4 is way better value wise. I wouldn't recommend the Deluxe when you're on such a tight budget.

GPU is good, and the RAM fine too. However, they need to be dual channel. Well, unless you're thinking of 2x1GB modules, but who buys that anyway ...
Yea I'd say the ASRock mobo is better value in terms of what you're going for. You'll get the option of going multi-gpu in the future, which is a plus since games will definitely be getting more graphics intense.

EDIT
ASRock P67 Extreme4 goes for $159.99 on newegg.
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe goes for $224.99 on newegg.
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Yea but he says he is getting that mobo for $116! Why spend more on the ASRock mobo, when you will be getting less? However, at retail prices I admit that the ASRock mobo is of much better value.
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The i5-2500k will give you years of future proofing for gaming, considering how simple it is to overclock it at least another 1.5Ghz on all four cores. I'd say if you're looking to invest in anything, make it the processor.

As far as the graphics card, it really depends on what resolution you plan to be playing at, and how much you hope to or would like to expect of your games being maxed out. The GTX 460 is an awesome card for 1080p, and it will be sure to max many games out if you aren't worried too much about anti-aliasing and the such. And then in a year or two if you feel the need to upgrade, it scales very well with SLI, I love my pair. Hasn't been able to not handle anything completely maxed out in every setting I can touch, over 60fps.

Also, if the 6GB's of ram you got comes in 3 x 2GB, you are going to want to keep in mind that LGA 1155 motherboards use dual channel memory, which means that extra stick is probably going to decrease your performance. Either go for 2 X 2GB or 2 X 4GB. However, if the rebate you mentioned actually make them $35 total, might be worth it to hop on them and just sell the 3rd stick or hold onto it just in case.

That and the P8P67 motherboards are apparently awesome motherboards, Asus has always treated me well.
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Yea but he says he is getting that mobo for $116! Why spend more on the ASRock mobo, when you will be getting less? However, at retail prices I admit that the ASRock mobo is of much better value.
Ah right forgot about that
Yeah then that point is moot. I still feel a better gfx card is in order. He is getting that cpu for a really nice price, and I don't think he should get another, like the i5-2500 or 2500K unless the faster speeds and overclocking ability is worth it.
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Yea but he says he is getting that mobo for $116! Why spend more on the ASRock mobo, when you will be getting less? However, at retail prices I admit that the ASRock mobo is of much better value.
Ah, I overlooked that ... Then, by all means, screw the ASRock motherboard.
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Yea, I'll prolly return the ram. I didn't realize that I needed dual channel. I was still thinking of the Older i series that needed triple channel. Any suggestions for budget ram? I'm trying to keep this as low cost as possible.

As stinky says I'm getting the asus for $116 pretty beast of a deal.

The GTX 460 I think it's a good deal. It's used but for $110 I couldn't buy a new gpu that would perform better at that price right?? I could always use more suggestions since I started shopping for these things only a few days.

I guess my main concern is the CPU @ $105 I think the 2400 is a killer deal. If I bought this could I sell it at a higher price?

Personal note. I want the 2500k so I can overclock the sucker. Or a 2600k but both are so much more expensive than $105... Should I spend almost double for the 2500k?
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