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Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade my rig for better gaming performance. My current rig isn't bad, but I'm itching for better performance. I was thinking of swapping my current platform for a 2500K with either a P67 or Z68 Board. As for memory, I think I'm ok with my current kit, what do you guys think? What would be a good board for the 2500K? Don't want to spend too too much on it. As for my graphics, what do you guys think? Is it worth buying a second 5770 or should I go for something current?
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post #2 of 7
maybe go z68 platform with a i5 25k

64GB SSD (crucial m4 comes to mind)
2x4GB sticks of ram too, 4gb isn't much I know most things don't use that much but still.
Soundcard?
I say you try to sell the 5770 and get a 570 or something ati equivalent
post #3 of 7
i5-2500k: ~$200
Asus P8P67 Pro Rev. 3: ~$185

Above prices are roughly what the parts sell for. Keep your current memory and grab another 4GB of it. Also, you could upgrade to a a GTX560Ti, GTX570, or a 6950/70 and see some pretty significant performance increase. Depends on how much you want to spend. If you live near a Microcenter, the 2500k is $180 and if you buy a MoBo at the same time you get $40 off.
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Originally Posted by Zzari View Post
i5-2500k: ~$200
Asus P8P67 Pro Rev. 3: ~$185

Above prices are roughly what the parts sell for. Keep your current memory and grab another 4GB of it. Also, you could upgrade to a a GTX560Ti, GTX570, or a 6950/70 and see some pretty significant performance increase. Depends on how much you want to spend. If you live near a Microcenter, the 2500k is $180 and if you buy a MoBo at the same time you get $40 off.
I don't think they have microcenter's in canada Those are both good recommendations though.

Considering how cheap 8gb kits are, I'd just get one of those, rather than using all 4 dimms right away.

I'd just try to find another 5770 to crossfire with your current one, if you are one a budget. They have to be pretty cheap used by now.
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I don't think they have microcenter's in canada Those are both good recommendations though.

Considering how cheap 8gb kits are, I'd just get one of those, rather than using all 4 dimms right away.
Yup, no Microcenter here in Canada. So the consensus is no one objects to the 2500k, but what board should I pair her up with?
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post #6 of 7
If you can afford the Asus P8P67 Pro Rev. 3, go for it. If you want a budget one, look at some of the ASRock ones. It's really worth it to spend the extra $$ on the board up from though. If you can afford it just do it.
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Yup, no Microcenter here in Canada. So the consensus is no one objects to the 2500k, but what board should I pair her up with?
You don't really have a reason to go Z68, so definitely go P67. You want SLI so that narrows it down a bit. I would recommend the P8P67 Pro Rev. 3 (as I did in my first post) because it is a tried, tested, and reliable board. It supports SLI, OC easily to 4.5Ghz (a lot of people get up to 5Ghz), and is relatively affordable.
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