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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys,

I want to upgrade my pc. My current pc's spects are :

- Intel Core 2 Duo 3GHZ
- Gigabyte MB
- 4 GB RAM
- 1 TB HDD
- NVidia Geforce GTX 275
- Win 7

Now what I would like to change is my processor, motheboard and hard drive. On the HDD front I am going for a 2TB one. But I need help on the processor & motherboard front.

Primary usage: Gaming and bit of application development

My choice of processor: Intel core i5. Should be enough for me. How about sandy bridge i5 2500. ?

On the motherboard front I am blank. If I am getting a good processor I might as well get a poweful motherboard which compliments it (Gigabyte preferred). (around $120). What do you guys recommend? Because I have a graphics & sound card which I will install on motherboard, its not important that motherboard ships with onboard features on graphics/sound front. It it does its fine.

Whats the difference between P67 or H67 or H61 chipsets ?

Will be glad if anyone can advice me.

Cheers,
GR
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo 3GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3L Leadtek GTX 275 4 GB DDR2 
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1 TB Windows XP Dell 22" Coolermaster 600Watt 
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post #2 of 7
i5-2500K is really gr8 for its price
and good motherboard for the price would be , p67a-ud4

p67 1155 socket (2500K): no built in graphic card whih is for overclockers
h67 1155 socket (2500K): with buit in graphic card , and u cant overclock much
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post #3 of 7
P67A-ud7 $330 is at the top of the line, but that is not needed
how ever P67A-ud4 : $189 is xlant for a i5- 2500K with a good cooling u can easily get to 4.5 or 4.7 ghz

sound card nowdays is default available on motherboard whih is pretty decent
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i7-2600K P67A-UD7 SAPPHIRE 6950 2GB Patriot Viper II Series 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
2TB Green - WD 20EARS Win 7 64 Bit Gigabyte ODIN Pro 800W Thermaltake Dokker 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2600K P67A-UD7 SAPPHIRE 6950 2GB Patriot Viper II Series 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
2TB Green - WD 20EARS Win 7 64 Bit Gigabyte ODIN Pro 800W Thermaltake Dokker 
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post #4 of 7
memory at the moment this is a pretty good offer if u would like to go for 8 Gb 1866 mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231455

G Skill Ripjaw X Series is pretty good for P67 Chipset
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2600K P67A-UD7 SAPPHIRE 6950 2GB Patriot Viper II Series 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
2TB Green - WD 20EARS Win 7 64 Bit Gigabyte ODIN Pro 800W Thermaltake Dokker 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2600K P67A-UD7 SAPPHIRE 6950 2GB Patriot Viper II Series 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
2TB Green - WD 20EARS Win 7 64 Bit Gigabyte ODIN Pro 800W Thermaltake Dokker 
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys for your help.

There are two things which we need to see:

- will use graphics card GTX 275 so on board graphics not important
- will use creative audigy 2 sound card so on board sound not important

May overclock occasionally. So you guys suggest I go for P67A-ud4. The top of the line which costs $330 or so will be too expensive for me.

Basically it should give great performance, don't care about onboard graphics/sound as I have independant cards for both.

Can't use Newegg as I live outside the US. Basically P67 is for those who wanna overclock and use 3rd party gpu & h67 is for those who want onboard gpu & dont wanna overclock. So if a person does not overclock with p67 provide better or equal performance compared to h67.
Powerhouse
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo 3GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3L Leadtek GTX 275 4 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1 TB Windows XP Dell 22" Coolermaster 600Watt 
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Powerhouse
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo 3GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3L Leadtek GTX 275 4 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1 TB Windows XP Dell 22" Coolermaster 600Watt 
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post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
The Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 B3 is not available here. Since I may not be overclocking my i5 cpu or may overclock rarely, can you guys suggest me a cheaper alternative. (Prefer gigabyte).
Powerhouse
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo 3GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3L Leadtek GTX 275 4 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1 TB Windows XP Dell 22" Coolermaster 600Watt 
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Powerhouse
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo 3GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3L Leadtek GTX 275 4 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1 TB Windows XP Dell 22" Coolermaster 600Watt 
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
I am getting Asus P8H67-M EVO at around $165. How is it ? (The P67 series starts above $220)
Powerhouse
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo 3GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3L Leadtek GTX 275 4 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1 TB Windows XP Dell 22" Coolermaster 600Watt 
  hide details  
Reply
Powerhouse
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo 3GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3L Leadtek GTX 275 4 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1 TB Windows XP Dell 22" Coolermaster 600Watt 
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