Originally Posted by kishagi
I say wait for the benchmarks for the x99 platform 1st, if youre not impressed, then change your motherboard for a better chipset (z68, z77), then get a better cpu heatsink and then overclock your cpu more. and get a better gfx card. like a gtx 760 or radeon R9 270x or another Sapphire HD 7870 XT w/ Boost
Originally Posted by Alkajak
Is the H60/7870XT really that bad that it needs replacing? A lot of comments on getting a new heatsink and new GFX card instead of a new mobo/CPU.
Edit: This computer is for home use, school and for gaming.
I said a better heatsink only because the H60 can only take care of what I would call "a mid range overclock" safely (4.4 - 4.6ghz maybe) @ full load while under 75 C, which now that I think about it is alright anyways. So yeah I guess the H60 is fine, but get better fans than the stock one that comes with the H60. But if you want to go higher, then get a better CPU heatsink.
And no your GFX card doesnt need replacing, its a Sapphire HD 7870 XT w/ Boost right? That means its not an HD 7870, but a Tahiti LE Card which should have been called the HD 7930.The only reason that you should change this card is if you plan on selling it to crypto miners for a lot of money, or if you cannot find another to crossfire with later on.
Actually now that I think about it, that card should be as good as a GTX 660Ti or a GTX 760, based on the belief that 670 > 7950 > 7870 > 660
In temporary conclusion, as I said before "...wait for the benchmarks for the x99 platform 1st, if youre not impressed, then change your motherboard for a better chipset (z68 or z77), ...and then overclock your CPU more (4.4 - 4.6)
If you are dead set on getting a new CPU, get something used on the same socket. BTW whats the difference between an i5 2500k and 2550k?
EDIT: I found this on Tom's Hardware somewhere. It might help you feel more proud of your i5 2500k Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
"Really the Intel® Core™ i5-2550K is there to help us meet demand for the Intel Core i5-2500K. In the enthusiast space the Intel Core i5-2500K is by far our best selling processor. Even at a company like Newegg.com they have had days where they have run out of stock. We have heard from a number of performance users how they don't need the IGP (Integrated Graphics on Processor) so this allowed us to release this processor. "
Intel Enthusiast Team
EDIT2: Just saw that youre using an LE board, I recommend that you switch to an ASUS P8Z77-V, before its too late! Edited by kishagi - 3/28/14 at 4:45am