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So here's the deal, I am considering moving to an i5 2500k. I just bought a new gpu (6950) and have 4gb of ram (in sig). I don't need optical or hd's, so all I need is a new chip and board. I am looking at this...


Just a few questions, this is mainly for future proofing. I don't believe that my 955be will be viable for a few years in the future, but the i5 likely will be, would you agree this is true?

Not to mention upgrading to i7 down the road when necessary. I use my PC 95% for gaming.

Also, I'm pretty sure I can use my existing ram (though I will upgrade to 8gb if I can get the money), any reason I can't use my existing ram?

Any thoughts are appreciated!
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Looks fine to me, you should be able to use your existing RAM.
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Most hardware is viable for more than a few years... We just tend to be hardware junkies who have a hard time resisting the urge to upgrade our components--whatever it may be. The i5 2500k should at least be sufficient for a few years if you can resist the urge to constantly upgrade.

Edit: I'd probably make sure that the voltage on your current RAM doesn't exceed 1.7v maximum on a LGA 1155 platform and even then that's probably pushing it a bit. 1.65 is what I'd call safe, so you'd probably have to loosen your memory speed/timing to bring down the voltage. That being said.. Memory is freakishly inexpensive right now :/
Edited by jivenjune - 7/18/11 at 8:40am
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i'd prefer asus boards over MSI,great for OCing.
also, SB chipsets allows 1.66/1.64 for max stable/safety voltage for ram, i would suggest that you consider that one. and those 4gb of yours, is 2x2gb?
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You're going to feel quite a big difference when you game or do anything on your rig from now on That's a fine combo, and the i5-2500k will definitely last you for quite some time, since it is a 2011 chip.

As for the DDR3 RAM, just make sure it ISN'T on 1.94v when you set things up in the BIOS. That's way too much voltage for intel - you'll want it to be at 1.66v max if you're thinking of OC'ing the ram, otherwise 1.5v if the RAM is intended to run at that.
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i'd prefer asus boards over MSI,great for OCing.
also, SB chipsets allows 1.66/1.64 for max stable/safety voltage for ram, i would suggest that you consider that one. and those 4gb of yours, is 2x2gb?
Yes, 2x2, thanks for that info you guys, I didn't know about the voltage issue, though I do know that ram is really cheap atm. any idea why that is? I heard about some price fixing thing and assumed it was something to do with that. Looking on newegg for the first time in awhile I saw an 8gb kit for 67 dollars, and a good kit at that, thought it was a typo!

So any suggestions on what ram to get?
Edited by fuloran1 - 7/18/11 at 8:54am
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