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$50 changes. Your opinion?

Poll Results: Which to spend more on?

 
  • 23% (4)
    The Motherboard.
  • 76% (13)
    The Video Card.
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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Please read below before using the poll.

Hey guys, I'm about to build a new i5-2500k system like anybody else in this section. >.>
I have a budget but luckily I haven't gone over it yet which is great so it gives me room to upgrade atleast one part. I just need some insight for which part to upgrade.
I currently want to upgrade my Graphics/Video Card or my Mother Board and I have about $50 to do so. Specs as followed.

Motherboard: MSI P67A-G43 (B3) $125
Here is the motherboard I'm going with. As you can see it pretty much is a budget P67 board. The thing I love about it is the ability to Crossfire or SLI later on in the future. Even the Asus P8P67 ($~150) doesn't have that. The thing that worries me is the outcome of overclocking with this board. I've read about power phases and such but really I have no idea what they are used for but I know it has something to do with overclocking I guess. Can someone please tell me or explain to me if this board is capable of pulling off 4.3-4.6Ghz on the i5-2500k because that's all I'm really looking for. If I had to upgrade this section, I would most likely go for the Asus P8P67 Pro just because I've heard good things about it. I might also go for an MSI P67A-GD65 also because I think its a good deal. Any other suggestions are open.

Video/Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 6850 $175
If I had to upgrade my video card, I would probably go for an Asus or Gigabyte 6870. If I really feel the need to I would go for the XFX 1GB 6950 which can be unlocked through RBE and features a dual bios switch. The games that I'll probably play are most new FPS and others such as BC2, BF3, Crysis 2, Starcraft II, etc. I have a 24' monitor I will run at either 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. Also I will use a crappy dell monitor as an extended for multitasking.

So that is basically my problem here. All input is appreciated. Thanks guys.
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i5-2500k. MSI P67A-G43. Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6870. G.skill RipjawX (2x2) 1333Mhz. 
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WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
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post #2 of 11
Right now, video card.

A better card is going to make more difference to your gaming experience than a bit more OC on the CPU.

If you are going to drop in another card later anyway, go for a better motherboard.
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Windows 7 64-bit Dell U2311H Oculus Rift DK2 Ducky Shine 3 MX Brown 
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Corsair TX 750W CoolerMaster CM690 II G500 Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 
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Asus Xonar DX 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
A10-6800K Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI G Skill 1600 CAS9 Kingston SSD Now 60GB 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Force 120 WD Blue 500GB WD Caviar Green 1TB XSPC RayStorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
RX240 MCR 220 EK 7950 Copper Acetal  DDC-1T 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 64-bit Dell U2311H Oculus Rift DK2 Ducky Shine 3 MX Brown 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair TX 750W CoolerMaster CM690 II G500 Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 
Audio
Asus Xonar DX 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
A10-6800K Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI G Skill 1600 CAS9 Kingston SSD Now 60GB 
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post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Well yes, I am going to Crossfire later on. But its not really a bit more on the CPU right? Sandy Bridge seems to OC well so I might push it a little higher.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k. MSI P67A-G43. Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6870. G.skill RipjawX (2x2) 1333Mhz. 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
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i5-2500k. MSI P67A-G43. Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6870. G.skill RipjawX (2x2) 1333Mhz. 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
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post #4 of 11
Video card for sure. You won't gain any performance with a new motherboard, but you will with a new Gpu . I would go for the 2Gb 6950 like you said .
    
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Crucial C300 256Gb, Samsung 7200rpm 320gb, 2x W... Windows 7 64-bit Home premium Dell U2410 1920x1200 Wireless Logitech 
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post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Wait, 1 or 2GB? I don't want to pay the extra money for two, but do I really need 2? I don't think I need that much buffer.
Closet Computer.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k. MSI P67A-G43. Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6870. G.skill RipjawX (2x2) 1333Mhz. 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
Audio
Sennheiser HD555. 
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Closet Computer.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k. MSI P67A-G43. Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6870. G.skill RipjawX (2x2) 1333Mhz. 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
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Sennheiser HD555. 
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post #6 of 11
Video card
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Intel Core i5-4690K/4.5GHz GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK EVGA GTX760 2GB SC/ACX  G.Skill Trident X 2400/16GB  
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Samsung 850 EVO 120GB PNY CS1311 120GB Crucial M4 64GB WD VelociRaptor 150GB 
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by iJustin View Post
Wait, 1 or 2GB? I don't want to pay the extra money for two, but do I really need 2? I don't think I need that much buffer.
1GB is still plenty for 1080p or 1200p. It's when you go beyond that you should consider 2GB.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SimpleTech View Post
1GB is still plenty for 1080p or 1200p. It's when you go beyond that you should consider 2GB.
Alright, thanks a lot.
I'll choose the Video Card over the mother board then.
Closet Computer.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k. MSI P67A-G43. Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6870. G.skill RipjawX (2x2) 1333Mhz. 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
Audio
Sennheiser HD555. 
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Closet Computer.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k. MSI P67A-G43. Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6870. G.skill RipjawX (2x2) 1333Mhz. 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Black. Razer Deathadder 3.5G. Razer Scarab. X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro. 
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Sennheiser HD555. 
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post #9 of 11
video for sure.
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500GB Seagate PNY 128GB SSD LG M-Disc DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX S40 
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2500K (4.2ghz) GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Gigabyte 1060 3GB Adata XPG DDR3 1600 8GB 
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500GB Seagate PNY 128GB SSD LG M-Disc DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX S40 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Home LG 25um56 2560x1080 Ultrawide (IPS) Logitech k360 Seasonic S12II 520w (Bronze) 
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post #10 of 11
actually, the deal with the 6950 2 gb is the fact that it unlocks to a 6970.
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Intel 520 Western Digital Caviar green Western Digital Caviar Blue Corsair H100 
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