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Hi guys, I'm soon gonna be upgrading my current pc (hopefully it's visible in signature section) and I'd like some advice on it. Will change CPU, MoBo, RAM and GPU so it's kinda a big deal for me. Purpose, mostly gaming to be honest.

Was thinking of getting 1090T then waited for Bulldozer (8120) and then got disappointing with AMD altogether(used only AMD CPU's till now, 4 of 'em). So I'm now looking at Intel's side of the cake now. Specifically @ i5 2500k. It doesn't seem to pricey (around 220$) and offers great performance in return as I've seen on game benchmarks. Plus that sweet sweet OC'ing ability. So concerning CPU I'm thinking that. If you got any comments on it, please say so, positive or negative or any alternative to it (not looking for more expensive).

Concerning RAM. Well it's not that big a deal.

Now onto GPU's. Around the time I was thinking about 1090T I thought of getting GTX 460 but now I've seen that GTX 560 Ti's (MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC 1GB GDDR5 /-\\ ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5 1GB GDDR5) aren't much more expensive and seem like a decent deal concerning reviews. Concerning GPU's, same deal as with CPU's. Would be grateful for opinions between the two aforementioned ones. No need for any ATI alternatives (TWIMTBP all the way).

Lastly motherboards... since I've never used any Intel's nor have had any interest in their stuff honestly, I really have no idea where to begin as I've always mostly stayed away from Intel cause of their pricey Mobo's and their socket hassle (AM2+ was awesome concerning compatibility IMO). So any recommendations for it would be great. Not interested in additional features like idk... SLI/Crossfire, USB 3.0, Sata 3.0, Firewire, back to BIOS switches etc. Meaning, I know how important motherboards are, but still I'm wishing to cut the cost as much as possible. So please if you could, recommend something cheap-ish but not something that would hinder 2500k.

In the very end I would just like to know whether you think my PSU will hold that up? (570W) When I filled my desired config in here it made it (had something like 30-40W away from recommended). But as before, any opinion is welcome.

Thank you very much anyways and I hope I wasn't too much of a bother.
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Goran H.

P.S. I'm really doing this cause of Skyrim (even though it's going to be heavily affected with consolitis, but ES is ES, immunity system, I meant modding community is strong with that one)
    
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Dont bother with calc like that, they are a waste of time. one 560ti 500Watt, SLI 560ti 600-650Watt

An i5 2500k would be a great buy + the ASRock Exteme 4 from newegg, its only $150ish
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Regarding GPUs the 560 is a great card but the 2 you stated are pretty much the same in FPS terms...the MSI uses a little less juice 305w at full load. If you did go with sandybridge and did a heavy OC i think you'd be pushing your PSU to its limits but i read that the 2500k only uses 106w on full load, so its up to you really.

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The 2500k is hands-down the best price for the performance. Sandy Bridge is relatively easy to overclock (based on multiplier manipulation; no need to mess with FSB).

RAM is about right, just look for a kit with at least DDR3-1600. Latency doesn't matter as much as frequency, so CAS 9 would be fine.

As for motherboards, the ASRock P67 Extreme 4 Gen. 3 has a lot of features for the price (including PCIE 3.0). What prices were you looking at anyways? If your slashing costs, here's one that's $120. Since you aren't looking for SLI anyways, it's perfect (1x PCIE slot).

The GTX 560 Ti is also a killer deal. What does TWIMTBP mean? Nevertheless, I'll say an HD 6950 would be a good alternative if you ever think about it. Newegg has Open-Box deals around that will net you a GTX 480/570 for around the same price (if your willing to take the risk; I've never had an OB item come DOA).

My 2c I hope I didn't leave anything out, I'm running on Red Bull

EDIT: Wow, EPIC ninja lol. I forgot about the PSU! You could easily get away with a good quality 450-500w, with plenty of headroom. You don't even have to spend that much The XFX Core Pro 550w is the starting of great deals on PSU's that could run your system (unfortunately, it's not modular). The Antec Neo Eco 620 is also a great deal.
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Regarding GPUs the 560 is a great card but the 2 you stated are pretty much the same in FPS terms...the MSI uses a little less juice 305w at full load. If you did go with sandybridge and did a heavy OC i think you'd be pushing your PSU to its limits but i read that the 2500k only uses 106w on full load, so its up to you really.

I prefer to have some head room with my PSU so that if i upgrade i know it will cope.
I mentioned two of them purely cause I could get them off E-bay. What I was asking is 460 vs 560... Meaning should I even think of getting 460 now that 560Ti is available. I'm all up for 560Ti, but just in case there are some reasons (I really didn't see it being more than maybe 40$ expensive, except for some Palit GTX 460's)
    
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I mentioned two of them purely cause I could get them off E-bay. What I was asking is 460 vs 560... Meaning should I even think of getting 460 now that 560Ti is available. I'm all up for 560Ti, but just in case there are some reasons (I really didn't see it being more than maybe 40$ expensive, except for some Palit GTX 460's)
No i wouldn't consider 460s now that 560s can be picked up so easily and relatively inexpensive.
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What does TWIMTBP mean?
Nvidia slogan. The Way It's Meant To Be Played. I've just enjoyed Nvidia ever since and never had any problem including current En9800GT that ran core/shader/memory @ 20% higher for 2 years (I mean it's still running that).
    
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Oh That makes more sense now...

The 560 Ti isn't just a re-branded 460 anyways, it literally has more power under the hood (just look at them side-by-side).
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Yeah... I'm aware, I didn't want to upgrade till 400-series... but then I was broke (I'm not much better now. XD). Nothing in between of GeForce 8 series and GTX 4XX series was worth it IMO.

Anyways, in likely case that I would have to purchase desired set in parts... Would you suggest me to go (CPU+MoBo+RAM) > GPU? I'm thinking though more expensive... 560Ti would just suck in my current old timer (little bastard served me for 4 full years almost 24/7).

EDIT. I hope I didn't make too much hassle posting this in General Processor Discussion section (I've overlooked Processor part)
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Yes, 100% get the CPU/RAM/MB first. You may even see your 9800GT performing better
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