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Originally Posted by kishagi View Post

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 biggrin.gif
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"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 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. "

Christian Wood
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! tongue.gif

By far and away the most helpful post so far, thanks for this. I've decided that I'll just get another 1155 board (your suggestion seems optimal). I suppose the only reason I've found my 2500k not being satisfactory is because my board is garbage for overclocking and if I go even slightly close to 4.3ghz, I hit 1.4V which is ridiculous to me. I've been running stock for a little while now, I just can't seem to get a decent overclock because of the voltage offset option instead of a full featured BIOS.

Do you think my HD 7870 XT w/ Boost is worth keeping for myself, or would I get enough money for selling it to cover for a better GPU?

@above post, I already mentioned that this computer is for home use and gaming.