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Right now I have an AMD 4800+ processor and I feel it is too slow. So I have decided to buy a new processor. Since my motherboard is an AM2 socket, I will need to get a new motherboard as well.

I only have $500 to spend on my upgrade and I have narrowed it down to 3 different processors. The AMD 970, the AMD 1090T and the Intel i5 2500K. I will primarily be using this computer for gaming and I was wondering which would be better.

Also, I have a gtx 460 and I will be buying another one for SLI. Do any of you have any recommendations as to what kind of motherboard would be best suited for me and will a 750 watt psu be good enough?
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post #2 of 32
If you're gonna use it solely for gaming then the i5-2500k is your choice. It's one of the best CPU for gaming . U won't be disappointed.
Yes your 750W will be enough, what is it's brand anyway? Also u could get the ASRock Extreme 4 P8P67 mobo, solid board.
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You will need DDR3 memory as well, since AM2 boards use DDR2. Also, what power supply are you using? it would also help us a lot if you filled out the rest of your system specs here.
Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 4/7/11 at 6:06pm
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post #4 of 32
2500K by far is best for gaming.

You'll need some DDR3 RAM. I would recommend the 4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5V Ripjaw X kit from G.SKILL.

Which PSU? 750W should be plenty regardless.

MSI P67A-G45 is probably the cheapest SLI board you can get. ASRock P67 EXTREME4 should be pretty solid.
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post #5 of 32
With a $500 USD budget, I'd suggest going the Intel SB route.

The 2500K is one of the best CPUs out there ATM for the money, and in most synthetic and realworld benchmarks bested only by it's bigger brother, the 2600K. Clock for clock and architecture wise, Intel's SB is far ahead of what AMD has currently. In other words, the 2500K will kick any of the current AMD cpus in the arss.

Here is a good build:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.623052
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131703

That'll run you about $460 which is well within your budget. Also, a GTX 460 SLI would run well on that motherboard and a 750W PSU should be ample (considering that it's a good brand).

Good luck (and don't be afraid to PM me with questions on SB )
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post #6 of 32
Ok here ya go!
i5
MoBo
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TOTAL: $454.97
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post #7 of 32
We need to know what's the brand and model of your PSU before we tell you. If you had to choose between those three CPUs, the 2500K is easily the best choice. Sandy Bridge is a lot faster compared to Deneb/Thuban when it comes to IPC and the 2500K is easily faster than the Phenom II X4 970 when it comes to anything and only loses to the 1090T in the most highly-threaded tasks like 3D rendering. That's for stock performance. Over-clocked, you can easily get a 2500K to 4.8GHz and at that speed it's faster than a 4.2GHz 1090T in even that.

EDIT: your budget is $500, so I think this is the best you're gonna get for the price:

G.Skill 4GB DDR3 Ripjaws X 1600MHz:$50

Asus P8P67 Rev 3.0 (B3): $155

Intel Core i5 2500K: $225

If you don't already have a CPU cooler for LGA 1156/55, get:

Scythe Mugen 2 Cooler: $40

Subtotal: $470
Total: $473

You won't be able to squeeze a GTX 460 1GB into the build if you decide to get a 2500K. Also, so that we can know the specs of your system, next time please put your system specs in the sig.
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post #8 of 32
+1 for the 2500k
+1 for a quality 750w psu is more than enough!
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post #9 of 32
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Thanks for the quick replies
$500 Canadian, like $520 American.

My PSU brand is Antec, no idea if it is a good brand or not, I bought it on sale, I never put much thought into my PSU.

Edit: The model is EA-750

So six cores isn't needed? What about a couple years down the road, would it be better to invest in a six core now for the future?

My friend was also going to sell me this ram for $40. Would you recommend me getting this or different ram?
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post #10 of 32
As others have stated, the i5 2500k is the way to go. I was shocked at how much better it performs, see benchs for it against the 1090T here

Anyhow, heres few parts I picked out on newegg, i think there prob best youll get for your $500!

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