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Opinions on an upgrade I'm considering

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Been thinking about doing a core upgrade on my system and wanted a second opinion or two.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

Everything seems compatible on paper at least. I have Corsair memory in my current build and it's never done me wrong so I didn't see a problem with going with it again. On my motherboard, I was looking for around 3x PCI x16 so I could potentially put in additional cards for multiple monitors, even though I only use single card solutions.

I have NOT been keeping up with current things in the computer world. Am I way out of date here already? Are there big price drops coming on stuff? Is something coming around the corner?

I really don't know.
post #2 of 5
It would be nice to know what you were planning on doing with it. Overall, you can save some money by going with a 2500k/2550k and pick up a SSD for the price difference.

On the motherboard side, the difference between 16 and 8 lane PCI-E is minor at best, you might want to take a look at the P8Z68 Gen 3, vanilla or regular. Otherwise some of the Asrock boards are fine alternatives. The gigabyte board isn't bad, it's just uninspiring.

Lastly, if you have a Microcenter near you (or a Fry's that is willing to price match), they have some amazing cpu/motherboard bundles that will save you a lot of money.
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Intel 320 80 GB Western Digital SiliconEdge 256 GB Samsung F3 1TB Raid 1 Samsung F3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung Something Cheap NH-D14 Windows 7 Pro 64bit Achieva ShiMian QH270-Lite/Acer AL2616W 
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Corsair K90 Corsair AX850 Corsair 600t White Corsair M90 
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Mostly gaming with the occasional CPU intensive stuff.

You are referring to this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

That Asus motherboard you mentioned was pretty pricey. I only looked at gigabyte stuff because it's what I bought the first time in my build and it never, ever gave me any problems. But I took a look at some asrock products too and came across this, which seems to fit my bill still anyways.

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

Appreciate the reply.
post #4 of 5
If you are doing anything that can makes use of the extra thread the 2600k provides, get that, but otherwise the 2500k is more then sufficient for every day use and gaming. The 2550k as well, but you lose the on die GPU, which might or might not matter to you.

That Asrock Extreme3 looks like it should do nicely, but I have no personal experience with it, the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 is rock solid, or at least the one I used for a build was.

For reference, here is the link to the Microcenter catalog: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f0acd8b8#/f0acd8b8/27

The 2500k comes out to $180 when purchased with either a Extreme4 ($135) or P8Z68-Pro ($150).
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 320 80 GB Western Digital SiliconEdge 256 GB Samsung F3 1TB Raid 1 Samsung F3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung Something Cheap NH-D14 Windows 7 Pro 64bit Achieva ShiMian QH270-Lite/Acer AL2616W 
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Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.5 1.32v P8Z68-V PRO MSI 6950 2GB Twin Frozr II GSkill 4x4 GB 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 320 80 GB Western Digital SiliconEdge 256 GB Samsung F3 1TB Raid 1 Samsung F3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung Something Cheap NH-D14 Windows 7 Pro 64bit Achieva ShiMian QH270-Lite/Acer AL2616W 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K90 Corsair AX850 Corsair 600t White Corsair M90 
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Razer ExactMat Asus Xonar DS ATH-AD700 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Appreciate your help and I went ahead and made my order. I'll look into upgrading my GPU soon enough too, but that'll be another day.
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