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January 14, 2011 12:20:32 PM

First my current specs:
cpu - e6750 @ 3.0
mobo - asus p5n32-e
gpu - evga 8800gt superclocked
mem - 4 gb G.Skill DDR2 800
power - OCZ GameXStream 700

Now for the question. I want to upgrade to Sandy Bridge and can go one of two ways. Either spend more on new mobo/mem/cpu or get lower models and also upgrade the gpu.

Option 1
mobo - Asus P8P67 Pro
cpu - i5 2500k
mem - 4gb G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 cas 9
gpu - evga GTX 465 Superclocked

Option 2
mobo - Asus P8P67 Deluxe
cpu - i7 2600k
mem - 4 gb G.Skill Ripjaws x DDR3 1600 cas 7

If you were in my shoes which of these options would you choose (Only these 2 options)? I mainly game on this computer and would like something to last me two years or so. If I went with option 2 I would probably end up upgrading the vid card in closer to a year.

Thanks,
Jason

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January 14, 2011 5:26:24 PM

I'd probably go Option 1.
The 2500K is already a quad core. Its clocked pleanty fast. I'm hearing that most games aren't big on hyperthreading... so a big feature of the 2600K is lost on gaming. The Pro mobo looked perfectly fine. At those speeds, CAS 7 vs. CAS 9 probably only really shows a perceivable difference in benchmarks... The new GPU is where you'll really see an improvement in your gaming framerates, image quality, and resolution.
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January 14, 2011 10:57:54 PM

Yeah option 1, the Deluxe board has 16+2 power design, extra ethernet port and front usb3 box.

Other than that they are the same, the 2500k will OC and is good for gaming and you'll get your card update.
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