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Ok, im still a few months away from having the finances ready to upgrade my below rig but I figure I'd best get started with some basics and weed out what worth it and whats not.

My rig below is nearing the 3 year build mark and with Skyrim and TOR coming out, its time for a bit of a hardware refresh. I'm gonna be reusing the HDD, sound card, PSU and optical drive as I still can't justify the costs for a large SSD.

Anyway, my rig will soon be including a new Dell U3011 lcd that I will need to feed to keep it happy with the new games coming out. I don't run AA as I see it as pointless at that high of a rez.

Beyond light gaming, I do some video encoding, photoshop and various multitasking which is starting to strain my E8500 duo. I want the setup to last at least 3 years or longer as I will be likely moving to a new state and won't have the finances for another nice build for awhile, so this build needs to be upgraded to quad core to last. I'll likely be throwing in a GTX 570 to feed the U3011

I have no interest in overclocking either, those days are over. That all being said, would I be better off saving a $100 by going with the i5 2500k or should I pony up for a bit more power with the i7 2600K?

And no, I don't wanna wait for Ivy Bridge or Bulldozer, AMD has not impressed me these last years, i'll stick with Intel
Edited by 1ceTr0n - 8/6/11 at 2:19pm
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2600k
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really you'd have a better experience if you kept all the circuits as is and saved up for said ssd. Then get a socket 2011 or bulldozer board
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Originally Posted by Freezebyte View Post
Ok, im still a few months away from having the finances ready to upgrade my below rig but I figure I'd best get started with some basics and weed out what worth it and whats not.

My rig below is nearing the 3 year build mark and with Skyrim and TOR coming out, its time for a bit of a hardware refresh. I'm gonna be reusing the HDD, sound card and optical drive as I still can't justify the costs for a large SSD.

Anyway, my rig will soon be including a new Dell U3011 lcd that I will need to feed to keep it happy with the new games coming out. I don't run AA as I see it as pointless at that high of a rez.

Beyond light gaming, I do some video encoding, photoshop and various multitasking which is starting to strain my E8500 duo. I want the setup to last at least 3 years or longer as I will be likely moving to a new state and won't have the finances for another nice build for awhile.

I have no interest in overclocking either, those days are over. That all being said, would I be better off saving a $100 by going with the i5 2500k or should I pony up for a bit more power with the i7 2600K?

And no, I don't wanna wait for Ivy Bridge.
No overclocking? Buy an I3 then. Don't waste your money on a K
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really you'd have a better experience if you kept all the circuits as is and saved up for said ssd. Then get a socket 2011 or bulldozer board
That doesn't solve the problem of my E8500 maxing out on some websites while running a few other windows
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No overclocking? Buy an I3 then. Don't waste your money on a K
The new setup needs to last, so no more duals, quad only.
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The new setup needs to last, so no more duals, quad only.
So get a 2600 (without the "K"). Saves a few bucks.
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2600K. But I'm not sure how you can resist OC the SB....
It's nothing like OC you used to do.
It's as easy as few clicks (yes clicks in UEFI now...), you get 3.4 to 4.5 w/o any problem.
Along with OC your ram, you'll save great amount of encoding time. Like 33%+ gain for free.
So if it takes 2 hours to encode at stock, you'll save 40min (or more with ram OC) with 33% OC.
After all the K series are made for OC.
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Overclocking 2600K or 2500K i very very easy. If you are not going to OC get 2600K as its a bit more future proof.
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You mean your cpu is pegged? I doubt it... What are you using ie6?

The bottleneck in your system is the disk... by a long shot. A cpu upgrade while keeping such a big bottleneck just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. It's not like the 8500 is a PentiumII or something - it's still a half decent chip and the 2500k is not earth shattering compared to it.
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