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At the risk of sounding totally ignorant, here we go.

Been out of the game for a LONG time and finally got the bug to start building and tweaking again.
Working on a limited amount of fun money im wanting to upgrade my system.

Up until now I've been looking at going with a Q6600/6700 with an ASUS mobo to start OCing and some decent 800 memory. So somewhere in the hood of $220ish. And from what i understand this will be a decent rig for minor gaming and graphics (which is all I really do).

Now that being said is there any reason I should think about spending a little more and going with one of the first gen. "i" series chips? Something like a clockable i5. P55 mobo. 4 gb DDR3, putting me in the $300 range.

Is it worth it?? Looking for knowledge...

ALL ridicule, opinions, comments and suggestions wanted. Sorry for the long post!
Edited by no_safe_HAVEN - 8/18/11 at 8:06pm
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Had a q9550 @ 3.82Ghz with a little work, and it was great.

Went to a 2500K @4.5Ghz with NO work and it's way better. I also went CrossFire with my 5870's, but I still think the jump from 775 to 1155 is a great one.
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Had a q9550 @ 3.82Ghz with a little work, and it was great.

Went to a 2500K @4.5Ghz with NO work and it's way better. I also went CrossFire with my 5870's, but I still think the jump from 775 to 1155 is a great one.
So would there be any certain chip you would recommend for the 1155 with lower budget in mind? While id love to be able to go for a 2500k I just dont have the $$ to throw at it with needing a board and memory as well.
Edited by no_safe_HAVEN - 8/13/11 at 5:05pm
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So would there be any certain chip you would recommend for the 1155?
For a budget OC build, i5 2500k. I think there is a microcenter in San Diego, so you can get it for around $179.99.

EDIT: Looks like Santa Clara or Tustin are your 2 closest MC's
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If your just gaming / average user, the 2500k is basically unbeatable for price/performance. Its an amazing chip and an insane price.

IF and ONLY IF you do more than gaming, like rendering, video editing (at high resolutions) would I recommend a 2600k. The 2600k is better, yes (its got HT), but for the price you gain very little in 90% of games. It also takes more voltage to get to the same clock speed (if your overclocking). However, those extra threads are great for rendering.
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I went from a Q9650 clocked at 3.6GHz to my current i5-2500. While the Q9650 is a great CPU, the i5 (Sandy Bridge) is noticeably faster.

Even the non-K i5 chips are great gamers.
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The most I do is photo editing, Light gaming (more console) and video rendering on PowerDirector9.

Planning on running dual 8800GTXs SLI.
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So that's 4 in favor of the switch to an i5. I see a bunch of guys running around on here with 775s on their systems, Any reason any of you HAVEN'T decided to make the switch yet?
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well,for $288.97 shipped in the U.S. you could get

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115078
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130583
&
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231427

No unlocked multi on the cpu,but apparently it runs about equal to the Phenom II X4,and you have the option of upgrading to the i5 2500k later if you want.
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If you have any intentions to overclock, now or in the future, get a K chip. The way the iGPU is tied with the CPU clock makes it very hard to overclock using anything other than the multiplier. BCLK overclocks yield around 5% overclock at most.

You can also go used and look for 1st gen 1156 equipment which will still be a very noticeable performance boost over your current setup. An i5 750/760 is a great yet cheap upgrade and is well overclockable. The i7 860 adds hyperthreading and can also be picked up for reasonably cheap.
Edited by LemonSlice - 8/13/11 at 7:42pm
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