Future proofing my gaming/college pc.

Alright i dont have much, i'm getting a 5870/6870 for my b-day in april but which should i get a 5870 or a 6870?
now i have a bunch of pcs but im currently selling 1 and looking to sell the other 2

My rig currently

e8400 @ 4.0ghz on 1.16v
ga ep45 ud3r mobo
4gb ram ddr2
250gb hd
lian li pck62
hyper 212+
pc power and cooling 750w.

im looking to keep the case/power supply/dvd drive/hard drive/ssd

i only want to upgrade the cpu mobo and ram

my budget is like 300 maybe 320

im thinking a h61 board because they can oc so like


the is the mobo w/ only 2 ram slots okay? and would it b good with a 5870/6870, or should i get atx instead of atx. and h61s can oc right?

total is like 315. if can give advice and also try to help me find combos if can for newegg or tigerdirect.
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  1. The 5870 will outperform the 6870 (the 6870 actually is more like the 5850 in terms of performance).

    Regarding you other slections, those are fine for a budget build. I wouldn't expect MASSIVE OC potential, but you should be able to squeeze a bit more than stock.

    Good luck!
  2. wait i found out h61 dont oc so should i get a intel core 2500 instead of a 2500k and a p67 mobo and just up the notch by 4? you can only oc the non ks by 400mhz.
  3. You can OC a 2500k more than a 2500, but both have potential. Your original mobo of choice is not really a good OC platform (compared to others). Given your budget, your options are going to be limited.

    That being said, you really don't need to OC the 2500k or 2500 to get very good performance. Nice to have, but not essential.
  4. i know, but a 2500 can oc 400mhz higher with no issues so i mean why not get the 2500? i've never done any ocing above 600mhz, i did a e8400 from 3.0 to 3.6 and thats it, so im thinking a good 80-120$ p67 board, a i5 2500 and some ram would be good?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135279 that good when its back in stock?
  5. Go with this mobo. A few $$$ more, but much better than the ECS:


    I agree, save your money and go for the 2500.
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