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I was considering just using my current ram if I was going, which is the G.Skill Sniper series 1866. Would that not work? lol
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I was considering just using my current ram if I was going, which is the G.Skill Sniper series 1866. Would that not work? lol

It'll work beautifully, and it's enough for random video editing as is 2500k.
post #23 of 71
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Awesome, I've got it in my newegg shopping card, CPU and Mobo I choose both are 209.99..haha kinda awesome how that worked out.
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I'm not sure I see what's wrong with the OP's current rig? To me it looks like a fine rig for gaming and video editing. I cant imagine that there's such a massive performance difference between his current rig and a 2500K one to justify the cost of starting over with a new build.

My advice is just to go straight for the SSD and worry about the processor later if you find you're running into trouble. I don't know about supported processors on your motherboard, but it seems to me that it's much more cost effective to just get a better AM3 chip if you run into trouble. I would imagine that AMD isn't going to stand by while bulldozer flounders... Im sure there are lots of good AM3 options in the works if you haven't yet found what you want.

While I agree with the consensus that a socket 1155 build represents the best bang for the buck, all that goes out the window if you already have a decent rig that can be upgraded at a much cheaper total cost.
Edited by TehStone - 1/2/12 at 6:56am
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That lies the problem. There IS no better processor. Sure, I can get a 1100t. But I hardly gain anything.

One of the deep issues I'm having is CPU bottleneck trying to SLI. And alot of folks agree, AMD is having issues with SLI and bottlenecking the cards.
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That lies the problem. There IS no better processor. Sure, I can get a 1100t. But I hardly gain anything.
I may not be well informed, but I'm willing to bet that AMD is working on correcting this deficiency as we speak. Personally I'd give it some time.
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One of the deep issues I'm having is CPU bottleneck trying to SLI. And alot of folks agree, AMD is having issues with SLI and bottlenecking the cards.

How much bottlenecking do you think you're getting? 10%? I'd be surprised if it was more than that. So you're talking about spending $400 plus on a new setup to get performance gains of 10%, not including the SSD upgrade you were talking about? If you think it's worth the money than go for it... perhaps we simply have different ideas about bang for the buck wink.gif . I usually don't upgrade unless I'm getting performance gains of 80% or more but I know I'm an outlier around these parts.

I think you'll see the largest perceived increase in performance just by going with the SSD.

As an alternative upgrade path, you might be able to put your cpu under water allowing a higher clock, thereby saving cash and getting the performance upgrades you've been after. However I'm not at all qualified to give that advice - you'd have to go to the appropriate sub forum.
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It's more like a 40-60% bottleneck.

When I SLI my GTX470's at 800/1600/1750 on SWTOR my GPU's hang at 45-60% max. And my CPU is pushing 70% usage. I'm getting sub 50 FPS on SLI, and I disable SLI I increase upto 100 FPS and 80-99% GPU usage with CPU at 55% usage.
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I5 2500k ( $159 )- same fps as big brother 2600k in games / overclocks like a beast with lower temps
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z (169) - best of both worlds, overclocks easy/stable and can encode video faster than anything out there atm for a good price, sli / cf
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It's more like a 40-60% bottleneck.
When I SLI my GTX470's at 800/1600/1750 on SWTOR my GPU's hang at 45-60% max. And my CPU is pushing 70% usage. I'm getting sub 50 FPS on SLI, and I disable SLI I increase upto 100 FPS and 80-99% GPU usage with CPU at 55% usage.

wow I didn't realize the gravity of your situation! That does sound like you're ready to upgrade... you're also making me feel better about all the times I recommended 1155 builds to staunch AMD fans.
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i7 2500k ( $159 )- same fps as big brother 2600k in games / overclocks like a beast with lower temps
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z (169) - best of both worlds, overclocks easy/stable and can encode video faster than anything out there atm for a good price, sli / cf
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