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Advice on a new build: Is it time to invest in Skylake?

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Hey there,

2500k @ 4.5ghz (H60 liquid)... R9 280 @ stock... I can game on near max settings @ 1080p very comfortable. 16gb ram @ CL11 2133mhz. 2x SSDs

The cpu was released back in 2011 Q1 – one would think it's time to upgrade, but, perhaps not.

My gf is quite keen on the oculus....and I'm keen on on 1440p 144mhz gaming (I'd prefer 4k , but it's less realistic).

Thinking of upgrading in 3-6 months.

Do you think it's necessary?

2 more Qs if you can help:

1) My CPU runs well @ 4.5ghz – 30c idle, 58c load) but I think that is it's limit - I can't hit 4.6ghz. Heating certainly isn't an issue – So, I'm wondering if there is much value in buying an expensive CPU cooler if it's just going to bring the same results?

2) Any point in spending extra on ram and then overclocking DDR4 Will there be much of a performance boost ?

Cheers !
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Do you think it's necessary?

2 more Qs if you can help:

1) My CPU runs well @ 4.5ghz – 30c idle, 58c load) but I think that is it's limit - I can't hit 4.6ghz. Heating certainly isn't an issue – So, I'm wondering if there is much value in buying an expensive CPU cooler if it's just going to bring the same results?

2) Any point in spending extra on ram and then overclocking DDR4 Will there be much of a performance boost ?

Cheers !

My thoughts-

Not sure with specific regards to VR but I'm pretty sure you aren't going to be very impressed going from an i5-2500k @ 4.5ghz to something like an overclocked i7-6700k. I think you would be better served getting a second R9 290 or selling the R9 290 and getting a single more powerful card - Fury / GTX980TI.

1) If temperature isn't the issue, I can't see how a better CPU cooler is going to help.
2) I think most people recommend you get at least a DDR4-3000 kit because it wasn't until around this speed that DDR4 finally achieved the same performance as high-end DDR3 kits.
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hold for the new video card on H2 2016

about cpu upgrade maybe an i7 6700k or Broadwell E 6 core
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