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Hey guys and gals, I've been lurking a bit and finally decided to post.

I'm looking to upgrade my current computer, but I'm not exactly sure what the best way to go about it would be.

Here are my current specs:

Case - Antec Three Hundred
Processor - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
Motherboard - Foxconn H55MXV
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600
Power Supply - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650TX
Video Card - XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM

So far, this is what I was thinking about:

Motherboard - ASUS P8P67 Pro - ~$180-200 or alternative if not available
Processor - Intel Core i5 2500K - ~$230
Cooler - unsure, Corsair H50 or Noctua NH-D14 or something else? - ~$70-$90
Solid State Disk - unsure, waiting for Vertex 3 and C400 to release
GPU - if I decide to stay with current socket?

First and foremost, I want a SSD for a boot drive. My current motherboard is lackluster in features and only supports SATA II. I play games, but I don't need to max them out so updating my video card doesn't seem crucial, but if that is the consensus among everyone here then I'll try that. But to be honest, I play an old 2D RTS more than anything. I will be playing most upcoming games like Skyrim, Portal 2, Battlefield 3, Rage, and Diablo III too, but I'm not such a graphic whore that I need everything on ultra high.

I just want to get the best bang for my buck.

Thanks guys, any input is welcome and appreciated.
Edited by tkrist - 3/8/11 at 1:09am
    
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Cooler I'd recommend NH-D14, great air cooler, one of the best you can get right now. I'm personally going with the H70/60 (haven't decided yet based off of shipping) because I want to see what these coolers are like.

As far as the P67 boards go, don't get your hopes up. Just look around daily and if you see one don't rethink your purchase, just buy it. There was ONE Asus Pro available at Microcenter today and I was rethinking if I wanted the Pro or Deluxe and by the time I decided it didn't matter in the end, someone checked out before me. Now I don't know when they'll get anymore in.
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I wouldn't get your hopes up about that motherboard. They are almost impossible to find in stock as of now. However if you plan on waiting a bit then you will probably end up finding one. Besides that, I would probably put some of that money towards a new GPU instead of the ram, or something else. As for the cooler, I would recommend the Corsair H50/H70 because I don't know how well the Noctua NH-D14 will fit in your case.
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Insted of changing those parts why dont u get another 4gb(2x2gb) in that system and upgrade the gpu to a hd6970?
I think that will make a lot of sence.
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ur paying way too much for a slight performance increase with the i5 2500k. just buy a new graphics card and then your will see a big difference in games
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I would keep those upgrades except for the RAM. To this day you do NOT need 8gb of RAM. Get a nice set of CAS 7 1600 4gb which will do you more good. Cooler wise go with the Noctua 14 and then depending on how much is left go with either a new GPU or a SSD.

You can either do that or keep your rig, upgrade the GPU, RAM, Cooler, and get a new SSD.
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Why are you buying 8GB of slooooooooooooooow RAM?

You don't need more than 4, and that 8GB you posted is far from acceptable in terms of speed. Also, upgrade your GPU to at least a 1GB 460.
 
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Im running the 2500K on a PAP67-M Pro board with a Corsair H50; no complaints and overclocks like a champ. If you want to save a little, the Noctua NH-U9B is $30 less than the NH-D14 and supposed to have excellent cooling and run very quiet. And on the memory I would look at 1333 or 1600.

And aren't the 1155 boards supposed to be re-released next month? Not too bad of a wait.
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Originally Posted by Aniket View Post
Insted of changing those parts why dont u get another 4gb(2x2gb) in that system and upgrade the gpu to a hd6970?
I think that will make a lot of sence.
My current motherboard only has 2 slots for RAM. I could upgrade the motherboard, but if I do that I think I want to upgrade the CPU too.

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ur paying way too much for a slight performance increase with the i5 2500k. just buy a new graphics card and then your will see a big difference in games
So would you suggest I buy a SATA III SSD, use it in SATA II, upgrade my GPU, and wait for Ivy Bridge or something more worthwhile to change out the motherboard?

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I would keep those upgrades except for the RAM. To this day you do NOT need 8gb of RAM. Get a nice set of CAS 7 1600 4gb which will do you more good. Cooler wise go with the Noctua 14 and then depending on how much is left go with either a new GPU or a SSD.

You can either do that or keep your rig, upgrade the GPU, RAM, Cooler, and get a new SSD.
I'll have to check what my current ram's speed is if you suggest staying with 4GB. I might not have to upgrade that at all. Seems like a lot of people have differing opinions on coolers. I can do without a new GPU; I want a SSD. That's the entire point of this upgrade.

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Originally Posted by MetalBeerSolid View Post
Why are you buying 8GB of slooooooooooooooow RAM?

You don't need more than 4, and that 8GB you posted is far from acceptable in terms of speed. Also, upgrade your GPU to at least a 1GB 460.
I know very little about memory. I'll take everyone's advice here, don't worry.

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Cooler I'd recommend NH-D14, great air cooler, one of the best you can get right now. I'm personally going with the H70/60 (haven't decided yet based off of shipping) because I want to see what these coolers are like.

As far as the P67 boards go, don't get your hopes up. Just look around daily and if you see one don't rethink your purchase, just buy it. There was ONE Asus Pro available at Microcenter today and I was rethinking if I wanted the Pro or Deluxe and by the time I decided it didn't matter in the end, someone checked out before me. Now I don't know when they'll get anymore in.
All right, sounds like I need to decide what to do before looking for a board then.

I guess what I need advice on is if you had my rig with $750 to upgrade it and you must have a SSD with ~60GB, how would you go about it?
    
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post #10 of 12
I wouldn't change the processor, socket, or RAM

I would get an OCZ Vertex 2 60GB + 6970 2GB.

Your system will be far more snappier moving to an SSD than to a 2500k in this case.
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