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Well.... After having a tug of war with my sabertooth 990fx I decided to return it to amazon. Now im thinking of selling my 965 BE to my brother for 45 bucks and picking up a 2500k.....

Is a 2500k really that much better then a 965 at 4.0 ghz for gaming or do I just have the upgrade bug....?

If I do get a 2500k whats a good motherboard (Dont ever plan on using SLI or Crossfire but, overclocking for sure) in the like 100-150 dollar range.
     
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Not sure compared to the 965, but I love my 2500k. Running 4.8 24/7. Very solid chip.



I hear these mobos are decent. Have not used Biostar in a while. Last build I did with a Biostar product is still running strong.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138355

Or Asus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

Had great success with the Z68 version of this board.
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Intel stomps AMD enough right now that if you are thinking about it and can afford it, there's no reason not to do it.

ASUS and Asrock have been great to me. Gigabyte has recently been meh. I've heard lots of problems with their X79 boards and personally I had three different new Z68 Gigabyte boards that had issues with them. Can't say much about other manufactures though.
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What gpu are you running? A Phenom II 965 is still a fast cpu.
    
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Lol, Intel is not the dark side. The simple fact is, as of today, they offer a better product. AMD still has their place in the enthusiast community. Man, that's a great price you're offering your brother. That's some serious horsepower for $45. thumb.gif I have personally owned the Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 and it's an outstanding motherboard for the price. It overclocks like a champ and has nice spacing if you ever opt for a multi gpu setup. It's definitely my favorite board for $120 or less.

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

I've seen some used here on OCN go for $85.

z77 is the latest and greatest, but with p67/z68 prices dropping like a stone, I'd go that route considering you're gonna go with a 2500k. Pci-e 3.0 is a waste unless you're pushing some serious gpu horsepower. 90% of enthusiasts don't even saturate pci-e 2.0. And your p67/z68 boards will overclock your 2500k every bit as good as a z77 board.
Edited by King Who Dat - 7/14/12 at 10:40pm
   
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Im using a 7870 atm (I should add my build to my sig lol)

Also should I upgrade to an H80?
Edited by iMica - 7/14/12 at 11:14pm
     
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Im using a 7870 atm (I should add my build to my sig lol)
Also should I upgrade to an H80?

No, the h80 doesn't perform much better than the 212+. On my 2500k I was on a 212+ and I got to 5.0ghz although I had a gooooood 2500k if you want water get the xspc rasa 750 rs240. It's much better than the h80 or 212+ and not much more than the h80.
     
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Well.... After having a tug of war with my sabertooth 990fx I decided to return it to amazon. Now im thinking of selling my 965 BE to my brother for 45 bucks and picking up a 2500k.....
Is a 2500k really that much better then a 965 at 4.0 ghz for gaming or do I just have the upgrade bug....?
If I do get a 2500k whats a good motherboard (Dont ever plan on using SLI or Crossfire but, overclocking for sure) in the like 100-150 dollar range.
The 2500k will give you much much better performance compared to your 965. thumb.gif
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I've been extremely happy with my setup. 4.8GHz was a breeze. Runs like a champ.
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Do it I went from a hexa core Thuban to a 2500k last year and was blown away with the performance! Definitely worth it. Although I love my Ivy even more. wink.gif
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