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I am running an OC'd 930 at 4.3GHz right now with 2 OC'd Radeon 6950's at 16x/16x. I have a brand new 2500k and a Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 sitting here (story on why but it's irrelevent tongue.gif). I would drop down from 24GB to 16GB of ram but I don't care as I don't use 24GB. Also, this board would run my 6950's at 16x/8x, and now I know their would be a slight performance deduction just on the second cards lane speed, but i'm wondering if overall the 2500k would be better than what I have now? I don't really think so, but maybe i'm wrong!

Anyone with a similar build and/or expert opinions and information would be greatly appreciated! biggrin.gif

Btw I would overclock the 2500k to at least 4.5GHz and I mostly game and do not care about HT.
    
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its going to be a side-grade.
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If it were me i would sell the 2500k and a Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
and use the money to get an Ivy bridge z77 and an I5-3570k IB CPU if you can wait..
At this point in time its worth it and you wont regret it in the end thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stubass View Post

If it were me i would sell the 2500k and a Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
and use the money to get an Ivy bridge z77 and an I5-3570k IB CPU if you can wait..
At this point in time its worth it and you wont regret it in the end thumb.gif

this. or you can always test it yourself if you want. experimenting is fun.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stubass View Post

If it were me i would sell the 2500k and a Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

^

But I wouldn't upgrade to ivy bridge. There simply is no real reason to get off the x58 train just yet. I'm still using my 920, and I plan on keeping it for several more years. Unless you have the funds to upgrade to the latest and greatest tech when it launches, hang onto it. Especially if you are just gaming on it. I still have a Q6600 in a lanbox that I game on occasionally that works perfectly fine.

Don't look into upgrading until you cannot run games on max settings any more lol.
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post #6 of 15
The 2500k is faster and will overclock higher, but the actual real world gaming difference just simply isn't worth the cost. However, if you can find an Open Box motherboard like I did for $50 and pounce on a $180 cpu sale, you might be able to swap over without spending a dime once your used stuff is sold.
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Thanks for the replies. I got the 2500k and board for $250 brand new, but it would still cost me a bit in the end. I just don't want to go through the work (not that its hard but I just got a new case and made it super tidy) and find out it wasn't worth it haha. I'm mostly worried about the 16x/8x for eyefinity being as I already max my cards out all the time (especially vram mad.gif). Anyways, thanks again and if anyone has any experience with a 2500k and crossfired 6950's in eyefinity please let me know what kind of results your getting (3dmark11 etc)

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Another vote for sticking with the 930. Coming from someone who recently went from an i7 930 to an i5 2500k.
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post #9 of 15
I would say stick with the 930 since you got it overclocked to 4.3ghz, you could sell the 2500k and mb and get better video cards since you said your maxing them out. Would be better to up your vid cards now then cpu if your just gaming thumb.gif
 
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I'm going to stick with my 930. Thanks for your help! biggrin.gif
    
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