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OP, I'll subsidize your new build. I see you have a better 775 cpu than I do...
 
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Your current rig seems pretty fast as it is, so unless you have to upgrade, I'd wait for Ivy Bridge.

I would on the other hand get an SSD or two now. That will really give you a noticeable speed increase.
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^ That's what I'm looking for! Was wondering if an SSD would be better OR would a complete overhaul. That's why I made this thread Thanks!
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I would agree with waiting, atleast until Black Friday / Cyber Monday.

As for RAM go for a 2x4GB CL9 1600MHz Dual Channel set.

look into the 212+ for a CPU cooler.

SSD will be the most "noticable" upgrade but does not matter if you are gaming really, just boot times. In reality, you are running DDR2 so a CPU/Mobo upgrade will not be hurting you either.

If you go with an SSD, just get a 64GB M4.
Edited by Ironman517 - 10/31/11 at 7:58am
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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.
http://www.evga.com/products/pdf/130-SB-E685.pdf
    
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^ That's what I'm looking for! Was wondering if an SSD would be better OR would a complete overhaul. That's why I made this thread Thanks!
Glad you found your answer.

In all honesty, you'd be firing up your new 2500k build and not notice a difference from your current setup. Perhaps in some games, or in heavy audio/video encoding, ect..

Keep in mind, your computer is only as fast as it's slowest part - and the hard drive definitely takes the cake there.

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SSD will be the most "noticable" upgrade but does not matter if you are gaming really, just boot times. In reality, you are running DDR2 so a CPU/Mobo upgrade will not be hurting you either.

If you go with an SSD, just get a 64GB M4.
While SuperPi times may go up with DDR3, his 8GB's of DDR2 are still perfectly capable of handling anything. Heck, he could even underclock his ram to DDR2 400 and not notice a difference.

And yes, any Crucial M4 SSD will be a great choice. I also saw a deal for a 128GB Corsair Force drive in the Deals section, which is a really good drive as well.
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While SuperPi times may go up with DDR3, his 8GB's of DDR2 are still perfectly capable of handling anything. Heck, he could even underclock his ram to DDR2 400 and not notice a difference.
All depends on the timings he may be able to underclock his ram, but if he tightens the timings it can be faster, which is why CL7 1600MHz RAM is faster than CL9 2000MHz RAM. Timings is really everything.

But yes, his DDR2 ram can handle whatever he throws at it, but like i said before a CPU/Mobo upgrade is NOT going to hurt
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All depends on the timings he may be able to underclock his ram, but if he tightens the timings it can be faster, which is why CL7 1600MHz RAM is faster than CL9 2000MHz RAM. Timings is really everything.

But yes, his DDR2 ram can handle whatever he throws at it, but like i said before a CPU/Mobo upgrade is NOT going to hurt
It's funny you say that. All my AMD rigs have always done better with higher frequencies as opposed to tighter timings.

I guess it depends on the type of benchmark you're running as well.
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It's funny you say that. All my AMD rigs have always done better with higher frequencies as opposed to tighter timings.

I guess it depends on the type of benchmark you're running as well.
Just do the calculations
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If you plan on getting an SSD sometime, then a Z68 board would do you well, and if you ever plan on not having a dedicated GPU for a while since Z68 boards can utilize the onboard with the 2500K.

If not though, a P67 board is just fine. Maybe an ASRock P67 Extreme4.

For RAM, any 4GB DDR3 1600 kit will do you just well if you only game. If you want a bit more headroom for some editing/rendering then 8GB will be perfect as well.

For the cooler, a 212+ will do fine.

All this should leave you with about $50-$60 for some groceries, haha.
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