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Hey all, need some quick advice about a partial upgrade to my system. I figured I would post this in the mobo section since that is the core of the system. I apologize for another "help me choose" thread but when I'm about to spend around $600, I need to be sure.

I plan to reuse my current case, hard drive, graphics card, ram and power supply (as seen in my system details). I just want to do a modest upgrade so in the middle of the next Intel CPU cycle I won't feel so bad about purchasing this stuff now. I have no patience so holding out for the next gen CPU is not gonna happen. My goal is to get as close to future proof as possible without spending a boat load.

I'm looking to upgrade my motherboard CPU and add a SSD. I've spent the last six hours on these forums doing research and from what I have read, these components might be the best options for a semi-upgrade.

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0378090

CPU: i5 2500k
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

SSD: Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364545

My goal is to be as future proofed as possible for the next 6-12 months before a full upgrade. Is the motherboard I selected compatible with the next gen Intel CPU? I am still kind of unclear on that. It seems like the i5 2500k is recommended as a gaming CPU as that is my sole purpose, except the occasional blu-ray's. Lastly, I think it's pretty unanimous that the Crucial SSD is pretty much the best. Thoughts on my picks?

I haven't built a PC since 2009 and haven't really been keeping up with the nitty gritty details of hardware. Will I need to get any additional accessories to get everything working with the hardware I plan to keep? Will there be any conflicts with the hardware I plan to reuse? I generally don't overclock. I don't like numbers redface.gif I mean, I will overclock if someone tells me exactly what to set everything to, but as we all know, every computer is unique.

It's funny, I only planned to purchase a SSD tomorrow but then I read the guides about SSD's and noticed stuff about SATA II vs SATA III and how I don't have that on my current board. That lead me to looking for another mobo, which leads to a new CPU.

I hope to get some feedback tonight so I can make a definitive decision and reserve the items for in store pickup tomorrow at Microcenter. Like I said, I have no patience and want everything yesterday smile.gif

Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 10
I currently have a p8z68 motherboard. They are great. Good for future too. Mine is the p8z68v-le mobo, which is not SLi compatible (totally my mistake to get this version but its cool) however all the other models are SLI compatible. You would not be wrong purchasing this model


I also have a 2500k and if you can OC it to lets say 4.5 (which can be done easily) you are pretty much set for tne next 3-4 years. Unless you decided to QuadSLI a 590 or something

I dont have an SSD yet so I cant comment on it.
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Thanks for the input. I'm actually thinking about throwing this into the mix as well:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365791

Should I go with the deluxe or pro version? I'm still debating that. Any additional cables you think I would need? I don't recall what everything usually comes with.
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That's a decent upgrade. Whats the voltage on your Ram? I personally run 1.65v without problems, but people argue because of the 1.5v Sandy Bridge MAX VRAM. If you have the cash, upgrade to lower voltage DIMMs, though I'm sure you'd do just fine.

Additional cables? nah.

Deluxe or Pro?

If you're strapped, get Deluxe, budget and performance ratio wise, the Pro will overclock just as well.

I own a P8P67 PRO, very similar motherboards, in terms of DigiVRM and overclock its all the same!
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Ah great about the CPU cooler. as when you OC a 2500k to 4.5 you would need a better cooler than the stock one. I have an air cooling unit a Zalman one and i dont see more than 60 degrees with it. It is just a bit louder ten using it at stock. I am sure with water things will be even better.

About the question of deluxe or pro, i am not sure exactly which one but both versions are perfectly good for the future.

They are pretty much top of the line motherboards for users like us.
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That's a decent upgrade. Whats the voltage on your Ram? I personally run 1.65v without problems, but people argue because of the 1.5v Sandy Bridge MAX VRAM. If you have the cash, upgrade to lower voltage DIMMs, though I'm sure you'd do just fine.
Additional cables? nah.
Deluxe or Pro?
If you're strapped, get Deluxe, budget and performance ratio wise, the Pro will overclock just as well.
I own a P8P67 PRO, very similar motherboards, in terms of DigiVRM and overclock its all the same!

On my current x58, my ram is default detected at 1333, when it's rated for 1600. If I ever reset the bios I always have to go in there and change everything back including voltage, which mine is supposed to be at 1.65v. That's about as much tweaking I do in bios's usually. I always have problems trying to mess with CPU overclocking. Maybe it's gotten easier over the years and more automated in the bios's, that would be nice.
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Ah great about the CPU cooler. as when you OC a 2500k to 4.5 you would need a better cooler than the stock one. I have an air cooling unit a Zalman one and i dont see more than 60 degrees with it. It is just a bit louder ten using it at stock. I am sure with water things will be even better.
About the question of deluxe or pro, i am not sure exactly which one but both versions are perfectly good for the future.
They are pretty much top of the line motherboards for users like us.

What is the safe range for temps for the 2500k? I've never had a water cooler before so this will be a new one for me.
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Safe range for 2500ks are anything below 70

but of course cooler, the longer life span of the CPU. If my CPU was showing 70 i would DEFINITALY do something about it as i never feel safe although it is safe technically.

I get 60 max with a 4.5 overclock and I am extremely happy with it.

I never did watercooling myself too but I am sure you will get even lower than 65 so no worries thumb.gif
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Safe range for 2500ks are anything below 70
but of course cooler, the longer life span of the CPU. If my CPU was showing 70 i would DEFINITALY do something about it as i never feel safe although it is safe technically.
I get 60 max with a 4.5 overclock and I am extremely happy with it.
I never did watercooling myself too but I am sure you will get even lower than 65 so no worries thumb.gif

Well my personal temperature goal is to keep the processor under 80*C.
My personal Max Voltage is 1.52v.

Just keep in min it is still early in the game and there is alot of speculation as to what is safe and what isn't. From experience of 5 years of overclocking, I find the reasoning behind my beliefs pretty solid, But hey - one to his own! thumb.gif

I JUST HOPE THIS EASES SOME OF THE PARANOIA tongue.gif
    
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If you're strapped, get Deluxe, budget and performance ratio wise, the Pro will overclock just as well.
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I'd go with the pro..but to each their own..
Yes it's supposed to be compatible with upcoming releases.
Good choices! :thumb.gif
 
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