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Upgrading in the next 2 months. I'm 90% sure I want to switch to Intel. Going to keep my 6850s, HDDs and such, and basically just buy a new CPU, motherboard and ram. I want to keep the CPU/Mobo cost under 350. I'll probably keep my current ram till later when I need 8GB.

My question is, how much of a real difference is a i5-2400 to a i5-2500k. Cutting out that 30 bucks would allow me to buy a better mobo. With two 6850s, I don't see a point to going all out to a 2500K. Can you get a 2400 to 4ghz?

This was my choice of mobo/cpu:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157231
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
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You can't overclock the non-K CPUs that well. They have Turbo Mode, and you can mess with the Bclk a bit (like 5MHz to 7MHz...) to get Turbo Mode a bit higher (we're talking like 100MHz to 200MHz or so), but that's it.
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Wow really? Thats pretty bad, I guess I have to go with 2500k then. Well, that settles that fast.
post #4 of 16
Do you really need a x4 PCIe slot?

If not...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

Get the i5-2500k.
    
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You can't overclock the non-K CPUs that well. They have Turbo Mode, and you can mess with the Bclk a bit (like 5MHz to 7MHz...) to get Turbo Mode a bit higher (we're talking like 100MHz to 200MHz or so), but that's it.

How is that board? Never owned a asrock product but I hear their quiet good.
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They were initially a budget sector spin-off from ASUS or something (although they were good budget stuff in my experience), but they've been slowly working their way up to offering better stuff at cheaper prices. I stuck with ASUS again, but they look to be a real A brand up and coming.
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Do you really need a x4 PCIe slot?
If not...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
Get the i5-2500k.

Didn't even see that board, didnt search for 3.0 pci-e slots. Its there a step up from that board? I want something that it going to overclock well.
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Board really doesn't factor into SB overclocking, since it's all done with turbo the chip is the deciding factor in your OC'ing.

You could argue the phases help, but not much and that board will take you to 5GHz if your chip is capable of it anyways.

The one you linked is an older model, no PCIe 3.0 support, p67 chipset so no quick sync. The z68 I linked is newer, probably has some cons like less power phases, no third pcie slot, and maybe a few other things.. I never really looked at the specs.
    
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Board really doesn't factor into SB overclocking, since it's all done with turbo the chip is the deciding factor in your OC'ing.
You could argue the phases help, but not much and that board will take you to 5GHz if your chip is capable of it anyways.
The one you linked is an older model, no PCIe 3.0 support, p67 chipset so no quick sync. The z68 I linked is newer, probably has some cons like less power phases, no third pcie slot, and maybe a few other things.. I never really looked at the specs.

There is a better version like the one I linked, and I think its only 20 or so more. I would probably by the better version. Thanks for pointing out the newer boards.
post #10 of 16
np, here is the gen3 extreme4 p67 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 $150~

here is the gen3 extreme4 z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264 $185~


If you don't need quick sync (encoding), than p67 is fine. If you like uploading stuff to youtube z68 is amazing, but if you're anything like my encoding takes 1-3~ minutes while uploading takes an hour or more lolz.

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