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Is it worth upgrading my rig to sandy bridge? (cpu+mobo)

What kind of motherboard and cpu could I get for around $400?
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Is it worth upgrading my rig to sandy bridge? (cpu+mobo)

What kind of motherboard and cpu could I get for around $400?
For $400 you could get the 2500k and a Gigabyte P67 UD4 motherboard, if you buy them at the right price.

I would personally say it's worth the upgrade, however it always depends on what *YOU* need and want. If you simply game, you might be getting by just fine. But do you want to be getting by *more* than just fine? Or do you have games you want to play at better settings? Sandy Bridge is definitely a great upgrade.

I'm coming from the Phenom x4 955 processor, and I've got to say the i7 2600k is a great processor. With my cooling solution, I'm running at a peak temperature on prime95 of 67 celcius at a 4.4GHz overclock. My temperatures in real-world applications (3dmark11, 3dmark06, etc) peak at 53 celcius. These chips overclock well, and they run great at stock settings as well.

Again, it's up to you. I can definitely recommend the 2600k processor and the UD4 motherboard. With a $400 budget, the 2500k processor and UD4 motherboard would be very nice.
    
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