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My current sig rig plays most games fine, even better than fine with OC'ing. However, time goes on and stuff becomes aged.....

I was going to stay on the course using AMD products, but I have been reading the price comparisons between the current Phenom II's and the Sandy Bridge processors and I was less than impressed with AMD's fight. I own stock in AMD, I have 3 PC's with their products.....but Intel is doing well and I jumped.

Purchased two combos:

-GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
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-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
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Both of those together were $109. (Mobo was $80, the 8GB of ram plus free flash drive was about $29)
    
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I then picked up:

-Intel i5-2500k Sandy
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-Corsair a70
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Bought both together for $250 (i5 = $220, Corsair a70 then becomes $30. Plus $20 MIR = $10 Corsair a70)

Now I'm wondering, where do I go from here? I have little interest in a SSD. I'm looking for video cards now. I love my 9800GTX+ but I need something with a decent price/value.

I know the mobo is low-end, but it is capable of OC'ing the i5-2500k. I don't plan on SLI'ing any video cards and everything on it, is sufficent to my oc'ing needs.
    
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6950 2gb perhaps?
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How much are you looking to spend on the video card?
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Crucial m4 (Solid SSD no Sand controller, many people on OCN recommend it) and GeForce 560 Ti (Best Performance/Price NVIDIA 500 series card)

I would suggest you get an P67 since you won't need the onboard graphics and from what I hear your aren't interested in Quick sync or SSD Caching if you are than get a Z68, sure.

A 500 watt power supply suffice and seems like you already have that but if you want new one I would suggest Seasonic x-560
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How much are you looking to spend on the video card?
This, and do you have a brand preference?
 
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How much are you looking to spend on the video card?
Between $150-$200. I know it'll be older technology I'll be picking up, but it took me this long to upgrade out of Phenom I's and DDR2 ram. I don't need the best. I need value.

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Crucial m4 (Solid SSD no Sand controller, many people on OCN recommend it) and GeForce 560 Ti (Best Performance/Price NVIDIA 500 series card)

I would suggest you get an P67 since you won't need the onboard graphics and from what I hear your aren't interested in Quick sync or SSD Caching if you are than get a Z68, sure.

A 500 watt power supply suffice and seems like you already have that but if you want new one I would suggest Seasonic x-560
My power supply is fine, not going to be using more than one video card and I don't draw a lot of wattage. I also have zero interest in SSD's until the prices go down.

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This, and do you have a brand preference?
NVidia. I have stuck with them for years. I still love my XFX 6600GT and the EVGA 9800GTX+ has been perfect.
    
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For your budget I think this would be best choice. Twin Frozr highly OCable, with a $30 rebate come to $150. Since you dont really want a 5 series card do you?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127518
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I have never had any experience with MSI.

I've owned eVGA and XFX cards since 2004. Any other recommendations?

I installed everything today. Noticable difference between the i5-2500k and the Phenom I x4 9950.
    
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post #10 of 20
I'd keep an eye on the newegg open box video card thread. Some very good deals there from time to time. And grats on the i5, I just upgraded Friday and the difference is certainly pretty substantial.
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