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Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz
MSI P67A-GD55 Intel P67

This is the new spec build I am looking at buying. I am mainly going to be using it for gaming and video editing. I thought I'd save money and go with the 2500k instead of the 2600k because they are so similar in speed, except the difference of the 2600k having HT - which I'm not sure is worth the extra price, even for video editing - but that's something I am still weighing up.

I have chosen 8GB of ram because for the video applications I use, as this will be beneficial and also reasonably futureproof.

The MSI has been picked because it's a great overclocker and has 2xPCI-E slots that works in SLI and Crossfire, which will be handy if I want to buy another 6870.

The reason I'm upgrading is because I have problems with this computer at the moment. It's come to the end of its life I feel. The ram slots aren't working properly anymore, one of my PCI slots doesn't even register hardware, my motherboard is causing all kinds of strange issues. I mainly want something faster, cooler and more efficient anyway. I'm selling my Q6600 cpu, my ram and other bits of hardware, which is adding some funds to the upgrade, so it's actually quite a cheap and significant upgrade really.

The only thing I am not sure about, is whether I really need 8GB of ram right now, and whether to buy 4GB instead and put that money towards a i7-2600k, as more applications (certainly in the future) take advantage of more cores (I'm not talking about games - although it's possible they will) and stick another 4GB in later if I need it. I'm not really sure though, hence why I need some opinions.
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post #2 of 8
I dont do much in the way of video editing, but i'm thinking cpu and more memory are roughly of equally important. Though you are correct, you can add more memory later. Though i prefer just using 2 sticks. Memory is currently at a good price right now, oftentimes you can catch a sale so you may be able to get the 8g along with the 2600k
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Yeah, I mean the prices have been damn good everywhere, it's just that it's exceeds my budget a bit with the i7-2600k and 8GB of ram and I was just trying to bring it down a little. 8GB is probably going to be very beneficial for lots of reasons, but I'm just not sure if I really need it right now for the things that I use. I have noticed in Windows 7, running Sony Vegas with 4GB of DDR2, that memory can tend to be used up quite quickly, but I'm not sure how much that is hindering performance and whether simply having a much better CPU would be more beneficial over a larger ram amount.
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post #4 of 8
Sorry, i should have been clearer. Go ahead and grab the 2600k now, as you stated its easier and alot cheaper to add the extra memory later.
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post #5 of 8
For video editing, I'd get both the i7 and 8 GB RAM, I believe Vegas will use the extra logical cores and 4 GB RAM is probably a little too little if you're serious about your rendering and such.

The board is a great choice. I recommend it
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post #6 of 8
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But should I get 2x2GB 4GB Dual Channel memory, or 1x4GB Single Channel memory? Both are the same in price. The advantage is if I get the 1x4GB I will have more slots free for further upgrades, but how much performance is lost going single channel over dual?
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by tomzki View Post
But should I get 2x2GB 4GB Dual Channel memory, or 1x4GB Single Channel memory? Both are the same in price. The advantage is if I get the 1x4GB I will have more slots free for further upgrades, but how much performance is lost going single channel over dual?
I'd probably go for dual channel no matter what you pick, but I don't know exactly how much is lost with single-channel.
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post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
In the end I went with this:

i5-2500k
(2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz DDR3
Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA 6gb/s
MSI P67A-GD53 - (Waiting on stock, but may change)

Do you think I should wait for the MSI P67A-GD53 to come in stock? It's the cheapest motherboard with crossfire and sli that I could find. Lots of people keep recommending the Asus and Gigabyte ones, which are quite a bit more money.
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Hitachi  Seagate Barracuda Western Digital  Samsung Blu-ray drive 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H50 Win 7 64 Samsung 27" 120hz Microsoft media curve 
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