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post #1 of 21
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I'm looking for some budget upgrades to my sig rig. Try to keep the tab under 500 dollars.

I'm not sure what to upgrade to really get more performance from my rig but I'd like to see a performance gain in multitasking, gaming and general use. If this means a system overhaul, what would be the best route? Give me some suggestions!


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New Processor: i5 - 2500k
New Ram: Unknown
New Mobo: Unknown
New Air Cooler: Unknown
Edited by Black Magix - 10/31/11 at 6:46am
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post #2 of 21
Neither, Sandy Bridge i5-2500k is where you should go next.
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post #3 of 21
Sandybridge (i7 2600k best for multithreaded apps, i5 2500k best for gaming)

Best bang for your buck IMO.
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post #5 of 21
The (K) Series processor will allow you to overclock. Unlocked Multiplier. You wont get very far attempting to overclock a non-K Sandy Bridge CPU.
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post #6 of 21
No doubt 2500k. You can pick up one for about $180, and a good mobo will cost around the same. Keeps your budget under $400. Then you can save up some more and get better gfx


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Originally Posted by BinaryDemon View Post
The (K) Series processor will allow you to overclock. Unlocked Multiplier. You wont get very far attempting to overclock a non-K Sandy Bridge CPU.
This. If you do not have unlocked multiplier then your only way is the BCLK which doesn't give you much leeway to overclock as it is tied with memory speed too.
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post #7 of 21
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Gonna need some good ram, mobo, and an air cooler.
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post #8 of 21
For the motherboard if you are planning to overclock, you will need a P67 or Z68 chipset. Z68 is newer and has a few more features, so you should probably pick from there unless you find a great deal on a P67.
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post #9 of 21
Assuming that you'll be running x-fire and the sound card in your currect sig I'd say get eVGA z68 SLI 130. Its a good board with overclocking and leaves room for the Xonar. Has support for SSD caching with the Z68 chipset.
    
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by metalmayhem9 View Post
Assuming that you'll be running x-fire and the sound card in your currect sig I'd say get eVGA z68 SLI 130. Its a good board with overclocking and leaves room for the Xonar. Has support for SSD caching with the Z68 chipset.
Does the eVGA x68 SLI support crossfire? I don't see anything official on the EVGA site saying that but some reviews have mentioned it does. I thought most P67/Z68 boards supported both, but then it is odd seeing SLI specifically mentioned in the name.
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