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Hi guys!

I am in urgent need of a decent i7 mobo + ram. Basically here is the situation. I have exams in less than 2 weeks and my intention was to upgrade my main (family) C2D rig, the mobo, CPU and RAM to a LGA1155, i7 CPU and RAM after my exams. So i don't really have the time to reseach deeply and need your help in helping me selecting something. MW3 and BF3 will be coming out by then and i really need to upgrade my main rig.

My personal computer, an ancient Socket A rig, its 6200 AGP gfx i suspect is spoilt. I use this PC everyday to do my work, write my notes, check emails, etc. I do have a laptop but i basically to bring it to school and all, and i am kinda fussy when it comes to doing my work on a laptop. Hate the small screen, everything. Destroys my creative train of thought.

Anyway, my initial intention was to upgrade my main C2D rig, salvage the mobo, cpu and ram and put in into my personal computer. I know, i am kinda cheap but no matter. What is bothering me now is that i NEED to upgrade it NOW with the parts in there!

I am interested in any ASUS P67 mobo mainly the P8P67, P8P67 Pro, P8P67 Evo are within my budget. I already have an ASUS GTX460 in my main rig now and i think it would have no problems handling BF3, MW3 etc.

If i settle for 2x 4GB sticks of DDR3 1333, will this be sufficient? So all i need is a new mobo, CPU and RAM right? Anything else i need? All the details of my current rig are listed in my sig below.

I was also thinking, do i REALLY need an i7? Oh is an i5 more than enough? Basically, i will use it for gaming but my monitor screen resolution is 1280 x 1024. 19 inches. Yup, i know... but i like it this way. I will be reusing my CM Hyper 212+ as i read that a 1156 and a 1155 shares the same mounting holes.

So my question is, what i7/i5 motherboard from the list, or if you guys have any other recommendations, which are around the prices of these boards listed. I need this PC to last a few years, as my C2D rig has lasted about more than 4 years, with upgrades here and there. Money and time is tight here. I don't want to do the same mistake years back where i got an E6600 with an XFX8800GTS 320MB and i spent a bomb on it. Don't really wanna spend SO much, but something more than decent but not too overkill.

Thanks a lot guys.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
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post #2 of 17
Asus P8P67 Pro and i5 2500k and Geforce 560 would good for a few years ! Whats your budget that you can spend ?
    
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post #3 of 17
Yes, an i5 2500k is the way to go.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3930K C2 @ 4.8GHz BIOS 4403 (1.392V - 1.400V... ASUS Rampage IV Extreme with Koolance Waterblocks Unlocked GTX 780 3GB with HeatKiller 1306/1597 ... 6 x 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866MHz @ 10-11-10-30... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 x SanDisk Extreme 240GB RAID 0 | 2 x OCZ Ver... LITE-ON 12X Blu-Ray Burner IHBS112-04 Windows 7 Professional x64 HP ZR30W 30" 2560 x 1600 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Tesoro Durandal Ultimate G1NL LED Backlit Mecha... Corsair Professional Series AX1200 Mountain Mods Pinnacle 24 Logitech G500S 
Mouse PadAudio
PureTrak Stealth Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD with LM... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Dual XEON X5650 @2.67 GHz w/HT (12 Cores | 24 ... ASUS Z8NA-D6C  Gigabyte HD 4350 512MB 6 x 4GB Kingston KVR1066D3Q8R7SK2/8G 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
2 x Intel X25-M G2 160GB and 8 Disk Samsung Spi... LG DVD Burner GH20NS15 20X Windows Server 2012 Essentials x64 Seasonic 1000W Platinum 
Case
NZXT Source 210 Elite White 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3930K C2 @ 4.8GHz BIOS 1404 (1.376V - 1.384V... ASUS Rampage IV Extreme with Koolance Waterblocks MSI R9 290X 4GB wih EK Copper 1200/1390 @ 1.3V'... 8 x 4GB Samsung Extreme Low Voltage 1866MHz @ 8... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 x Crucial M4 512GB RAID 0 | Crucial M4 256GB ... LG Blue-Ray Burner WH10LS30 Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell 3007WFP 30"W 2560 x 1600 IPS 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Tesoro Durandal Ultimate G1NL LED Backlit Mecha... Corsair Professional Series AX1200 Xigamatek Elysium Logitech G500 
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post #4 of 17
if an 2500k 5i and asus p67mobo r in your price range, you can't go wrong
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post #5 of 17
Yeah, the Pro's good
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80GB Intel & 128GB 830  2 x WD640 Caviar Black LG DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14  
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80GB Intel & 128GB 830  2 x WD640 Caviar Black LG DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14  
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post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
What is the difference between the 3 boards anyway? The regular, the pro and the evo?
My i5 Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
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Logitech MX518 Barracuda Lite SonicGear Morro 521 
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post #7 of 17
Look at my sig, its what I would get

Asrock Extreme4 Gen3 Z68
i5 2500K
Gskill Sniper 1600Mhz ram

then the video card/case/psu all that jazz can follow from there according to your remaining money
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1TB Caviar Blue Sandisk Extreme Series SSD 240GB Asus DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Evo 
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post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
And are there any main differences between the i5 2400, 2500 and 2500k besides the clock speeds for the 2400 & 2500 and the HD graphics 2000 and 3000 (i have no idea what this means)?

And the only difference between the regular and the pro are the slots? I won't be using any SLI/xfire, so no difference if i got the regular one?
Edited by crazydj - 10/13/11 at 4:45pm
My i5 Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX518 Barracuda Lite SonicGear Morro 521 
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My i5 Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX518 Barracuda Lite SonicGear Morro 521 
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post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Okay guys!!!

How about this configuration? Any views on this?

Mobo: ASUS P8P67(B3)
CPU: i5 2500k
RAM: G-Skill RipJawX 1600Mhz CL9
Some thermal paste

Anything else i am missing? I am just upgrading my C2D rig in my sig below. Thanks.

When they say 8GB memory kit, does this mean 2 x 4GB sticks? Sorry, been some time since i played around with computers. My era is the time of socket As, 939s and 478s and 775s. Haha.
Edited by crazydj - 10/13/11 at 9:39pm
My i5 Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX518 Barracuda Lite SonicGear Morro 521 
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My i5 Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX518 Barracuda Lite SonicGear Morro 521 
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post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by crazydj View Post
Okay guys!!!

How about this configuration? Any views on this?

Mobo: ASUS P8P67(B3)
CPU: i5 2500k
RAM: G-Skill RipJawX 1600Mhz CL9
Some thermal paste

Anything else i am missing? I am just upgrading my C2D rig in my sig below. Thanks.

When they say 8GB memory kit, does this mean 2 x 4GB sticks? Sorry, been some time since i played around with computers. My era is the time of socket As, 939s and 478s and 775s. Haha.
Looks all good to me mate about the RAM yes, its 2x 4GB sticks.

If your happy with that stuff then go for it
My First.
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i5 2500K Asrock Extreme4 Gen3 EVGA GTX1070 FTW 8GB Gskill Sniper 1600Mhz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Caviar Blue Sandisk Extreme Series SSD 240GB Asus DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 64Bit Acer 27 inch 1440p 5ms Nighthawk X8 Cherry Browns w/ white backlight Bitfenix Fury 550W 80+ Gold 
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My First.
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i5 2500K Asrock Extreme4 Gen3 EVGA GTX1070 FTW 8GB Gskill Sniper 1600Mhz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Caviar Blue Sandisk Extreme Series SSD 240GB Asus DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 64Bit Acer 27 inch 1440p 5ms Nighthawk X8 Cherry Browns w/ white backlight Bitfenix Fury 550W 80+ Gold 
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Corsair 400C Func-MS3 Razer Destructor2 Fischer Audio FA-011 w/ FiiO E10 
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