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I had an aged e5200 system that I wanted to upgrade.

It had:
  • E5200 @ 3.2GHz
  • Asus P5K Motherboard
  • BFG 8800GT
  • Deer 500w
  • 2GB PC2-6400 (which 1 stick died on me)
  • Tuniq Tower

So I went and got:
  • Q6600 Price: $100 USD
  • EVGA 780i Price: $100 USD
  • 2 x EVGA GTX 470 Price: $430 CAD
  • Antec True Power New 750w Price: $80 CAD
  • 4GB Patriot Viper PC2-6400 Price: $100 CAD
  • XSPC RX360 Kit Price: $330 CAD

Total comes to $1130 not including currency conversion.

All prices were used and bought from OCN, except for the RX360 kit which I bought brand new.

So if you take out the kit, I spent $840 on hardware alone.

I'm holding off getting 2 x EK GTX 470 waterblocks which will cost me ~230 CAD so I'm thinking I'll save for sandybridge and wait for a 2600k build maybe in June.

Am I an idiot?

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Yes, that was a pretty dumb move, especially since you bought more DDR2... Q6600 is aging and if you saw clock for clock comparisons between it and Sandy Bridge you would probably kick yourself. Not to mention Sandy Bridge on air is going to overclock much better than a Q6600, even on water. Lastly that EVGA board is probably pretty bad, correct me if I'm wrong.
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You could have gone sandy bridge, but your budget for a new video card would have been squat. I think you made the right move, but who knows, you could still save up some more dough and go sandy bridge.
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post #4 of 22
An idiot would have taken a step backwards. For the prices you paid, I would say you did okay. DDR2 is still expensive, too bad you couldn't get a DDR3 compatible board (790i, X48, or some P45).
post #5 of 22
Take out the 2x 470's from that price too. So $410 CAD. (already taken out the RX360)
Same with the PSU. $330 CAD.

Now you're upgrading looks smaller. Because you could have always take those over to SB.
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Yes, that was a pretty dumb move, especially since you bought more DDR2... Q6600 is aging and if you saw clock for clock comparisons between it and Sandy Bridge you would probably kick yourself. Not to mention Sandy Bridge on air is going to overclock much better than a Q6600, even on water.
Yeah, I will definitely build a SB based build in June when tax refunds come around

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You could have gone sandy bridge, but your budget for a new video card would have been squat. I think you made the right move, but who knows, you could still save up some more dough and go sandy bridge.
Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking. It wouldn't have been balanced.

I will save for the time being, and then go SB
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Take out the 2x 470's from that price too. So $410 CAD. (already taken out the RX360)
Same with the PSU. $330 CAD.

Now you're upgrading looks smaller. Because you could have always take those over to SB.
yeah, I mean with 330 CAD I'd be looking at what? just the processor alone? I would get the i7 2600k

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Yes.

Why the heck would you buy a Q6600 in 2011?

Huge mistake. Huge.

Sell everything and get SB.
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yeah, I mean with 330 CAD I'd be looking at what? just the processor alone? I would get the i7 2600k

EDIT: sheet. double post
330$ USD for the i7 2600K off Newegg.
Don't beat yourself up. It wasn't that bad of an upgrade.

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Yes.

Why the heck would you buy a Q6600 in 2011?

Huge mistake. Huge.

Sell everything and get SB.
.... ?? Uh. Why would he sell his PSU/GPU's/WC'ing stuff that he could use with SB?
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330$ USD for the i7 2600K off Newegg.
Don't beat yourself up. It wasn't that bad of an upgrade.
thanks mbudden, that's what I'm trying to tell myself

But yeah, you're right I could take everything like the PSU, GTX 470's and the Watercooling kit with me when I upgrade to sandybridge.

That means all I really need is a mobo, ram and the cpu

EDIT: what do you think that would run me, for an i7 2600k, good 1155 mobo, and decent RAM?
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