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Hi all, long time lurker here just joined up.

I'm using a system that i built a few years ago for standard computer work, occasional photoshopping, and medium gaming: Battlefield, Deadspace 2, Starcraft 2, Rift, etc. I'm thinking about making an upgrade, but not sure just how much i'll notice, looking for opinions from you OC ninjas.

Here is what I have:

Q6600 OC'd to 3ghz w/ a Tuniq tower
4gig ddr2 ram (pc800? not at home to check)
Gigabyte mobo, cant find the model, but it was a bargain board.
ATI 5750 gpu

Here is what I'd like to upgrade to:

ASUS M4A89GTD mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131631

Phenom II x6 1100T http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103913

G.SKILL ripjaw ddr3 16g (got it at a steal so got 16) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314



This will set me back roughly $300-325. Will I see a substantial upgrade? Most concerned with the gaming side as thats the most noticeable in my opinion. I would love to upgrade the GPU but its just not in the budget atm.

Thanks all.
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Actually Intel Sandy Bridge are the best price/performace processors, this will be much more powerful than the parts you've selected :
i5 2500k - $219
Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 or BIOSTAR TP67B+ - $109 Supports Crossfire (and SLI if hacked I believe)
The memory you pick'd - $65 8GB is already waaay overkill and will be plenty.
Edited by adridu59 - 7/28/11 at 4:05pm
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Actually Intel Sandy Bridge are the best price/performace processors
Agreed.
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I figured that AMD would offer the best bang for the buck, I have no problems with intel though so this seems like a good change. Appreciate the input guys.

The question stands though, will my gaming and computing experiences be improved significantly for $300 bucks if I use the gigabyte board + i5 + ram you listed?
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I figured that AMD would offer the best bang for the buck, I have no problems with intel though so this seems like a good change. Appreciate the input guys.

The question stands though, will my gaming and computing experiences be improved significantly for $300 bucks if I use the gigabyte board + i5 + ram you listed?
At the moment, an i2500K is the best price-to-performance CPU available, and you can be sure to find a motherboard for nearly the same price you'd pay for a mid, mid-high or high-end AMD board.

At the moment AMD is not currently the best price-to-performance CPU holder, but their video cards definitely have Nvidia beat at some price points.

Forget about getting new RAM, use what you've already got whether you use 4/8/16GB of it.
    
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Forget about getting new RAM, use what you've already got whether you use 4/8/16GB of it.
He has DDR2, that wont work with an i5.

I cannot Believe that I am actually agreeing with this thread, but these guys are right. If you are lucky enough to have a micro center near by you can usually get an i5-2500k for 179.99 that should help you stay around the same budget as your AMD rig. I have seen them slightly cheaper from time to time.

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He has DDR2, that wont work with an i5.

I cannot Believe that I am actually agreeing with this thread, but these guys are right. If you are lucky enough to have a micro center near by you can usually get an i5-2500k for 179.99 that should help you stay around the same budget as your AMD rig. I have seen them slightly cheaper from time to time.

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In his OP he said he bought 16GB of DDR3...
    
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