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Hi
i want to upgrade the system in signature with new cpu/mb/ram
i was thinking about this:
Intel i5 2550k
Asus P8P67 Deluxe Rev3.0
8GB RAM (?)

It's a good choice? I should prefer a different mb or waiting for the new cpu and price drops?
What ram?
I mostly use my pc for internet and gaming, and i overclock moderately.

Thanks in advance

K.
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Intel doesn't really drop their prices too much when new chips come out (at least that's what I've noticed in Australia). So if you need the new system now, not really worth waiting, just get it now.

2500k is a beast, as is that motherboard; however I'd get a Z68 board just for the future proofing and the on board video (if one day your graphics card is playing up, you could troubleshoot using the on board video). Maybe a P8Z68-V PRO or an ASRock Z68 Extreme 4.

EDIT: As for RAM - a good 1600MHz CL7, CL8 or CL9 kit will do. What ever is on sale. Just make sure it runs on 1.5v or less. thumb.gif
Edited by hirolla888 - 3/3/12 at 7:40am
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thanks!
i was thinking about the P8P67 'cause is more tested.
the P8Z68-V Deluxe is better than Pro, is it right?
Edited by KalashNK - 3/3/12 at 8:59am
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Geeks.com currently has the Asus p8z68v-pro for 119. The I5 2550k is not a bad processor by any means. I does not have an igp but if your gaming then you will be using a graphics card already. Sure its nice to have a igp incase something happens but I don't think I had a gpu fail on me in the last 6 years. The i5 2550k I was using was a pretty solid OC'er and I was able to get it to 5.4ghz. I'm sure with better cooling and someone with a bit more knowledge than myself could have clocked it much higher. I recently swapped to an i7 2700k just because. I boxed the 2550k back up and its sitting in my closet for one of those "just incase" times or I might sell it later. Good chip though.
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Originally Posted by KalashNK View Post

the P8Z68-V Deluxe is better than Pro, is it right?

Technically yes, however in 99% of cases the PRO can do everything the Deluxe can. I have a P67 Deluxe and my friend has a P67 PRO, there is no difference between them. Both overclock great, both have more than enough features and look very similar. You got to ask yourself will you actually use the features of the Deluxe (ie Are you going to be pushing the overclocks? Do you need two LAN ports? etc) Or are you getting it for E-peen (like I did lol).
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Intel doesn't really drop their prices too much when new chips come out (at least that's what I've noticed in Australia). So if you need the new system now, not really worth waiting, just get it now.
2500k is a beast, as is that motherboard; however I'd get a Z68 board just for the future proofing and the on board video (if one day your graphics card is playing up, you could troubleshoot using the on board video). Maybe a P8Z68-V PRO or an ASRock Z68 Extreme 4.
EDIT: As for RAM - a good 1600MHz CL7, CL8 or CL9 kit will do. What ever is on sale. Just make sure it runs on 1.5v or less. thumb.gif

There's only one issue here, unless you plan to use intel smart response technology to use the z68 chipset's natively supported SSD caching feature to accelerate your main HDD boot drive there is no reason to buy a z68 board if your getting a discrete gpu and an i5-2550k. The only reason to get an i5-2550k is to get more over locking headroom and lower temps as benefits from the CPU not having an integrated graphics core. Z68 boards just let you utilize the graphics core on the processor, for instance an i5-2500k. There is no video chipset on the z68 board itself unless your buying some buzzard zotac z68 mini itx board. Just go for a deluxe p67 board. And the last reason to go for z68 is possible ivy bridge support with bios updates. Please don't buy a z68 board for non existent igpu use on a CPU that doesn't even have one.
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2500k, cheaper, not a post defective chip. (reason the iGPU is disabled) and it proven to be a great processor. DO ITTTTT! :-p thumb.gif
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post #9 of 9
Microcenter has the i5-2550k for $149.99 in their Facebook exclusive coupon section. $30 cheaper than their i5-2500k.
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