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Hey guys, It's been a while since the fine men in this section of the forum baby-stepped me through building my first rig. (See signature)

It's been an amazing run, my PC still performs like a beast. However, it's time to retire it. (or at least some of it )

What I have is in my sig.
I'm looking to upgrade to i5-2500k, so that means new mobo, too. I'll need a new set of RAM, and I'm thinking an ATI HD6950?

My PSU should be fine. Along with my DVD drive, and maybe my case?

The problem is, I only have about a $700-750 budget. What's possible?
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post #2 of 12
What you said is possible, Easily.

i5 2500k, Z68 1155 board, 6950 2GB, new Ram.. Under $700 easily.

CPU: i5 2500k $220

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 $160

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $35

GPU: HIS IceQ X Turbo 6950 2GB $270 $250 after MIR.

$685 $665 after MIR.

Now for the obligatory "wait for BD" if you can.


-Your case, while not the best, is salvagable if you can do some cable management cutouts. I bet it's sloppy like my brothers Antec 900 if you haven't.
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What's possible is my sig rig (except for the 580). I had the E8400, EP45-UD3P, and a nice DDR2 kit, and I replaced those 3 things with these Sandy Bridge parts including the Thermaltake Frio (ok, so 4 things), and it cost me $571.29. It would have cost me about $35 less if I hadn't purchased 2 aftermarket fans for my Frio and thermal paste!

So I think that with a budget of $700-$800, you have enough money to get everything you need along with a better graphics card. However, I think you should keep the 4870 for a while just to see if you like its performance after upgrading to Sandy Bridge (you will see quite an improvement, so judge it first before replacing it).

In regards to the S1283: I think you can get a 1155 bracket for it so that you can continue using it!
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post #4 of 12
Do you want a SSD or new HDDs? If not $750 sounds right on for a new mobo/CPU/RAM/video card.
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So nothing wrong with choosing this ram G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ?
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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by t-ramp View Post
Do you want a SSD or new HDDs? If not $750 sounds right on for a new mobo/CPU/RAM/video card.
I sure do WANT them but I'm gonna have to punch the timecard a few more months.


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-Your case, while not the best, is salvagable if you can do some cable management cutouts. I bet it's sloppy like my brothers Antec 900 if you haven't.
Yea, yea, I know it's messy and dusty. Haha. It was a decent case once upon a time.
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post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by MrHackysack View Post
So nothing wrong with choosing this ram G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ?
That is very good RAM, and it is rated at 1.5 V, which is the ideal sandy bridge RAM voltage.
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Originally Posted by MrHackysack View Post
I sure do WANT them but I'm gonna have to punch the timecard a few more months.
Of course. You might be able to squeeze a 64GB SSD into your budget with some hunting, though.

Also, that RAM is fine, unless you think the fins might cause any clearance issues.
post #9 of 12
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In regards to the S1283: I think you can get a 1155 bracket for it so that you can continue using it!
Wow. Nice catch. Sure can. XIGMATEK ACK-I5361 Intel Core i7/Core i5/1155 compatible Bracket Set
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This ram is $20 off w/ promo code, ends 8/3 Makes it cheaper than the other deal.
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