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Ok, so basically I purchased my Sig Rig in March of last year from someone who built it. The only thing I have done to it is upgrade the HD4650 to a HD6850, which I did a few days ago.

Anyway, I was looking to just upgrade my CPU and keep my MOBO if possible based on thought that I'd be ok for a bit, however, I will have my tax return in a week or so and decided to switch up to Intel.

All I really do it game and watch movies/websurf on my computer at the moment. I play games like SCII, Skyrim etc and I'm trying to get good performance out of these and new games in the future (not sure how long down the road this will help me with performance but w/e).

I'd like to go i5 2500K as everyone suggests, however, I'm stuck on MOBO and RAM. I have read on here the Z68 is the one to go with and I've seen ASRock Extreme4 Z68 Gen 3 ($185) and the Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Gen 3 ($180) mentioned a few times. I'm not going to be doing any immediate overclocking as I have no idea really how to do any of that stuff (oh yea, I'm new to PC building etc lol).

My budget is like ~$500 and I'd like:

i5 2500K
MOBO
RAM
Aftermarket heatsink if possible.

Thanks!
 
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Before jumping onto a 2500k upgrade, can you list your case and your power supply? Assuming you are using a micro atx case, getting a regular board will not able to fit in. If you do plan to do some overclocking, getting a quality power supply is highly recommended.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.805842

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

That leaves about $90 left for another used 1gb 6850, sata 3 60gb ssd or perhaps a better power supply if you don't have one.
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I have a Cooler Master HAF 922 and a Corsair 600-620w PSU (pretty sure it's 620w). I'd like to do some overclocking eventually but at the moment I really don't know how and would like something "open ended".
 
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I see that you have a full size atx case, then that combo I suggest above will get the 2500k to 4.5ghz+ with ease and that leaves you extra $90 for another used 6850 for crossfire or a 60gb sata 3 ssd. Overclocking sandy bridge is very easy under 4.5ghz, just go to BIOS and increase multiplier to 45x and call it a day with that asrock board. biggrin.gif
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Alternatively you could just drop a Phenom II X4 960T in there, would be much cheaper and cause less hassle.
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I was going to just do the Phenom II but decided just to switch over to Intel since it's rated the best gaming CPU everywhere.

One quick question, and I guess this would be the final decision but:

Do I have to re-install Windows 7? I ask b/c I do have an authentic version (it has been authorized etc and I get updates normally), but when I bought it, I didn't get any disks with the computer at all. I'm reading around online and I'm getting mixed results on this one.
 
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