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Any suggestions for a possible $1000 - 1200 New Zealand or $740 - $890 US upgrade to my current rig? Currently a design student at university so I'll be using it for gaming, rendering in maya/3ds, after effects, photoshop, other video editing etc...

I was considering getting a 8950 crossfire for $600NZD and spending the rest on an i3 2400 but am completely open to any suggestions. I'm not even really sure if the existing motherboard and/or powersupply will be able to handle any substancial upgrades so any help would be greatly appreciated.

p.s. 8400 is overclocked to 4Ghz and you can use http://pricespy.co.nz/ to check the prices in nz
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E8400 Asus P5K/EPU ATI 4850 G.Skill 2 x 2Gb DDR2 PC2-8000 
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CAVIAR 640GB DRW-2014S1T Vista Home Premium x64 Dell P991 
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CMPSU-550VX CM 690 
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CMPSU-550VX CM 690 
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post #2 of 4
Hey ya,

Well I woulnd't go with an i3 since rendering will make use of the extra cores of an i5.

You'll need a new motherboard, memory and CPU. I'm positive you can keep your current PSU as they were a good, reliable unit and is more than capable of taking that and a new GPU.

The only downfall of going the i5 2500k route is it's a $338 NZD processor. You could then get a P8P67 board which is going for around $290. Then as for memory go with some Gskill ripjaws 12800 7-8-7-24. Expect about $300 on them as well.

That's with in your budget and you'll need to save for a new GPU.

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Edited by compuman145 - 3/25/11 at 3:46am
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Will I really see that much of an improvement for a $338 upgrade to an i5? Is there any possible price drops coming that I should be waiting for? Would it be better for gaming if I upgraded less on the cpu and motherboard and on a new graphics card?
Edited by =ice= - 3/25/11 at 3:54am
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
CAVIAR 640GB DRW-2014S1T Vista Home Premium x64 Dell P991 
PowerCase
CMPSU-550VX CM 690 
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E8400 Asus P5K/EPU ATI 4850 G.Skill 2 x 2Gb DDR2 PC2-8000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
CAVIAR 640GB DRW-2014S1T Vista Home Premium x64 Dell P991 
PowerCase
CMPSU-550VX CM 690 
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post #4 of 4
That is a sandybridge processor. You can expect an overclock to 4.5Ghz or more. The older style 1156 processors might be cheaper. But I'd personally go with this along with a half decent aftermarket cooler. The reason I picked this processor is for your video rendering etc etc

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