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So with the money I got from people for the holidays I figure I can get to upgrading my rig...

Price wise the 2600k looks out of my price range but I am not sure if the total platform cost is lower because I don't know mobo and RAM prices. But how will the i5 Sandy Bridge chips compare to say the i5 760 because they look about the same price. Mainly it would be a PC for MMO/FPS games. I also do some movie and photo editing and basic multimedia stuff.

Overall I want to try to stay around $600-800 and in importance of upgrade I want to get a new mobo, CPU, RAM, and GPU at the minimum, then if I can squeeze in a bit more I would like a small SSD for just the OS and some applications, and lastly a new PSU but that is last on my priority list.
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2500K - 229.99
UD3P - 144.99
4GB DDR3 2000 - 72.99
EVGA GTX 570 - 349.99

Total : 796.97
    
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Originally Posted by Jean-Luc View Post
2500K - 229.99
UD3P - 144.99
4GB DDR3 2000 - 72.99
EVGA GTX 570 - 349.99

Total : 796.97
How is the 2500k compared to the current i5 chips like the 760? Or even the current i7 chips for that matter...

This is what I had saved in my cart at Newegg
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i5 760 + Maximus III Formula - 364.99 combo
4GB G.Skill Ripjaws - 49.99
GTX 460 Superclocked - 189.99 (with MIR)
CM Hyper212+ CPU cooler - 29.99
Shipping - 11.18
Total - 676.14

Edited by Semper Fidelis - 12/30/10 at 4:01pm
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Imo i say its not worth it, keep on saving your money and by the time ivy bridge or bulldozer is out get whatever is best. With the money saved you can build a good pc.
    
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Imo i say its not worth it, keep on saving your money and by the time ivy bridge or bulldozer is out get whatever is best. With the money saved you can build a good pc.
I upgrade every 4 years no matter what is out, and after I have a bunch of extra cash from the holidays... but this time around they are launching their new chips so close to the beginning of the new year that I will make the exception, besides by the time Ivy Bridge comes out I will need whatever money I have for school...
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Why not wait for a good selection of benchmarks to come up from people like anandtech.com? After this, make your selection based on your budget. In a few days you will have all of the proof you need which platform is better. Also, we would need to know how important gaming is to you and what resolution you'll be playing at.
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Why not wait for a good selection of benchmarks to come up from people like anandtech.com? After this, make your selection based on your budget. In a few days you will have all of the proof you need which platform is better. Also, we would need to know how important gaming is to you and what resolution you'll be playing at.
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I have E6850 and want to upgrade too(probably will take 2600k). Just wait for some benchmarks and tests and then decide.
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Why not wait for a good selection of benchmarks to come up from people like anandtech.com? After this, make your selection based on your budget. In a few days you will have all of the proof you need which platform is better. Also, we would need to know how important gaming is to you and what resolution you'll be playing at.
Yeah I mostly game on my PC, and just do some video/photo editing and normal web browsing as well as watching movies and listening to music.

I use 1080p (1920x1080) to play my games, but the thing with benchmarks is that the game I play most (World of Warcraft) is totally different compared to the games most often benchmarked, because WoW seems to be about everything BUT the GPU. For instance AMD CPU's constantly provide frame rates that are ~40 lower than that of comparable Intel chips, so the game itself seems to favor the Intel architecture... which is why benchmarks really won't help me out with that situation too much.
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post #10 of 24
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Nice... finally people that bother to benchmark one of the most popular games in the world, not the fancy new FPS flavor of the month game.

On a side note even if I do upgrade to Ivy Bridge in the future I believe it still will use the same socket Sandy Bridge will use, so either way I am going to need a new mobo now or then, so I may as well do the CPU, RAM, and everything else and get off this dated 775 platform...
Edited by Semper Fidelis - 12/30/10 at 4:32pm
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