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Hey all,

I have been thinking of upgrading from my sig rig ("First Build") to a 2500k for a while. I've had my sig rig for about three years, and it has served me well. However, like the rest of us here, I have been craving more speed/power and Fry's $149.99 deal for the 2500k yesterday was too good for me to pass up. I purchased the 2500k yesterday and am heading back to Fry's this afternoon to pick up a MoBo, RAM, and CPU cooler. My old and new build outlines are contrasted below:

Current (soon to be old) Build:
C2D E-8500 @ 3.8GHz
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
4GB (2x2GB) ADATA DDR2 800MHz
EVGA GTX460 1GB
Creative XiFi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
Antec 1200 Case
Antec Signature SG850 850W PSU
500GB Samsung Spinpoint 7200RPM, 1TB W.D. Green 7200RPM
Windows 7 Ultimate 64GB

New Build:
i5-2500k (hopefully around 4.5-4.7Ghz)
Cooler Master Hyper212 CPU Fan
Asus P8P67 Pro
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz (CAS9)
EVGA GTX460 1GB
Creative XiFi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
Antec 1200 Case
Antec Signature SG850 850W PSU
500GB Samsung Spinpoint 7200RPM, 1TB W.D. Green 7200RPM
Windows 7 Ultimate 64GB

As you can see, I'm just replacing the CPU, MoBo, RAM, and CPU cooler in my old system. I think (from what I've read) the new system will be much faster and hopefully serve me well for at least the next three years. I'm going to be starting (and probably finishing) the build tonight as I don't expect trading out the few parts and setting up to take more than a few hours. I will try to document the process with as many pictures as I can

Before I start, I have a few questions:
1. Is there anything I need to do to my old rig before I put the new parts in? The main reason I ask is because I'm going to be using the same HDD's (and therefore the same Windows install) with the new parts. Do I need to uninstall some drivers, change some settings, etc. so that there isn't any issues with Windows interacting with the new parts? Or is it better to just wipe one of the HDD's completely and do a fresh Windows install?

2. Is there anyone who would be willing to give me a quick basic-settings guide/list to get my P67 Pro & 2500k to 4.5GHZ smoothly. I know 4.5GHz is the "typical" overclock for this chip and I am perfectly fine with that speed. I may try to OC further in the future, but for now 4.5GHz is fine. The RAM I'm using is Corsair Vengenace 1600MHZ @ 9-9-9-24 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...8GX3M2A1600C9B). A quick description of what settings I need to change would be great

Anyways, I'll add more to this post as I start the project (sometime in the next couple of hours - need to shower, eat, and go pick up the rest of the parts). Any pointers or tips would be much appreciated!
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It's definitely much better to just start fresh, especially since you are switching to such a different motherboard and CPU.

Anyway, I'd like to help you out with settings once you get the board up and running!
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Update:

So, I was able to finish up last night and get a fresh install of Windows put on. Didn't have any major problems and the build couldn't have gone smoother. Unfortunately, I was too excited/in a hurry that I didn't end up taking any pictures, although I bet people are bored to death of basic SB build pictures

I've got too say, it is pretty scary to look inside your case after you've only really cleaned the dust out from the fans over the last few years. There was a TON of dust, but I was able to disassemble everything and clean it inside-out. It looks brand new now!

As far as OC'ing goes (that's what we're all here for, right?) I was easily able to get a stable OC @ 4.5Ghz. I just set the turbo multiplier to 45, the VRM frequency to 350, and updated the regular settings. I kept the VCore on auto while giving it 110% limitation (so CPU isn't power starved) and giving it a +_.05 voltage variance. I ran 4.5GHz with voltage (on auto) fluctuating between 1.300 and 1.320 (typically around 1.312). Temps were ranging from 56-64 between the four cores. Overall, she ran stable and the VCore and temps look pretty standard to me!

I think I may try to get my RAM to 1866 and my CPU to 4.7GHz. I'm hoping this is doable since a lot of the reviewers on Newegg that have the same RAM said they were easily able to get OC to 1866 at the same timings. However, I know there isn't really a difference between 1600 and 1866 for what I do (gaming, basic work), so I might not even bother. As for the CPU, I think 4.6 is doable and 4.7 should be possible.
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It's definitely much better to just start fresh, especially since you are switching to such a different motherboard and CPU.

Anyway, I'd like to help you out with settings once you get the board up and running!
I just posted an update with my current BIOS settings. If you have any recommendations or things that I should change, please let me know! I'm at work right now but will post the full BIOS settings here when I get home in a few hours.
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Oh wow, Zzari! Very nice!

So, what do you think? It's a pretty nice upgrade, eh?

If want further help (and better help than I can provide alone), then come join us in The Official ASUS P8P67/P8Z68 Series Owners Club! I'm not the owner of the club, but if you want to join, then all you have to do is post a new reply and ask.
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It is definitely a big upgrade in terms of the speed and responsiveness of the machine overall. I'm not playing any computer-intensive games right now so I can't judge that part yet (it'll probably have to wait until BF3), but I'm sure it will be a huge upgrade over the E8500. I'm happy with the parts I chose (thanks to all the information on overclock.net) and I can see why they're so popular.

Next on my list is an SSD, but I'm waiting for prices to drop. May consider a newer video card (GTX560) but I don't think its necessary atm. Maybe when BF3 comes out and I decide I need one

I'll be adding myself to all the various "clubs" tomorrow when I have some time
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Zzari, awesome build! Mine will be very similar to yours at least in the processor and motherboard aspect.

What articles, forum threads/replies did you gather your information concerning your OC?

I'll be looking to do the same!
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Zzari, awesome build! Mine will be very similar to yours at least in the processor and motherboard aspect.

What articles, forum threads/replies did you gather your information concerning your OC?

I'll be looking to do the same!
Thanks for the kind words. The CPU and MoBo are great together and I highly recommend them. Installation and set up was a breeze. The main threads I looked at include:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...therboard.html - the Intel P67/Z68 MoBo comparison chart. There is a TON of useful information in this thread and a lot of it helped with my decision to purchase the P67 Pro.

As for overclocking, http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ng-4-5ghz.html and http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...post-your.html have some good information regarding basic settings for a starting point.

I highly recommend the search feature as well. Just be specific with your search terms. Many of the searches I used were along the lines of "P67 Pro 2500k overclock settings," "2500k temps," "P67 pro setup" etc. Just read through the first few results (or whichever seem most relevant) and you can usually get a pretty good gist of the direction you should be heading.

Good luck with your build and let me know if you need any help or recommendations
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post #9 of 11
I wouldn't replace your GTX460 with a GTX560.

Better options would be to sell your GTX460 and get a GTX570/GTX580 or get a second GTX460 and go SLI if your motherboard supports it.

But I would recommend getting the best single GPU you can over SLI/Crossfire.
    
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I wouldn't replace your GTX460 with a GTX560.

Better options would be to sell your GTX460 and get a GTX570/GTX580 or get a second GTX460 and go SLI if your motherboard supports it.

But I would recommend getting the best single GPU you can over SLI/Crossfire.
Good point. The 560 probably doesn't warrant a purchase over my current 460. I thought about going SLI with another 460, but like you said, I can probably sell my 460 and get a 570/580 for the same price. Like you, I prefer a single card.
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