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As the thread title says I'm planning on upgrading to SB. These are the components I've picked so far.

Core i5-2500K
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3
G.SKILL Ripjaws X

I'm still debating whether the 2600K is worth the extra $100. I mostly use my system for gaming. Will the extra 2MB of cache make much of a difference? I've seen the benchmarks between the two and it doesn't seem like it will, but I'd like to hear some real world experiences.

I'm new to overclocking, but my goal is 4.8 GHz from reading the SB overclocking guides and results of others. Would a Gigabyte UD4 be sufficient? I also plan on throwing another 6870 in the mix for crossfire. From what I hear a PCIe x8 slot should be enough for a 6870 without much of a bottleneck?

The RAM I don't know much about. I've heard RAM speeds aren't very important for gaming performance. The kit I picked out this time was influenced by this thread.

Any suggestions/input would be great.
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post #2 of 7
For gaming definitely get the 2500k.

The PCI-e slot won't cause any noticable bottleneck, so you're right.

Get the 1600mhz Ripjaws since you'll be doing overclocking.

I have no experience with your board, but I'm pretty sure it will be sufficient.
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You could save a few bucks (almost $75) and buy my 2 week old Biostar B3 board.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Stefy View Post
Get the 1600mhz Ripjaws since you'll be doing overclocking.
Will higher clocked memory help with the CPU overclock?

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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
You could save a few bucks (almost $75) and buy my 2 week old Biostar B3 board.
I'm not a big fan of Biostar, sorry.
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I had that board and had a lot of issues with it. I would recommend going Asus--that's what I did and I haven't looked back.

Although, some people have been reporting good experiences with it so I may have just gotten a bad board, I don't know.
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Originally Posted by Atraps003 View Post
Will higher clocked memory help with the CPU overclock?
Not directly no, however at some point if you can't feed enough memory bandwidth it doesn't matter if your cpu clock is higher because you'll be limited by how much data your memory can feed the cpu. I seem to have found this limit with my 980x at 4.3GHz, I can hit 4.6GHz but my 1600MHz CL 9 memory means it's not any faster than at 4.3GHz. SB is a different architecture though and I can't say you'd suffer from the same problems. I would recommend faster memory if you can afford it. Having said that 1333 with a CL of 7 isn't bad. Something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231351
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104179

would work well, however they are more $

Only get the 2600k if you want to really futureproof or if you're going to start folding. The real advantage is the hyperthreading which is of little use now to you as a gamer, but more and more games will start to use more and more threads.

Also yes the UD4 board should be plenty for you to hit 4.8GHz, at that speed you're more likely to be limited by the particular cpu you get that the board.
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Thanks for the info.

I'm guessing a 980x would require more memory bandwidth than a 2500K with similar clocks to run optimally?
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