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500$ budget - Please advise on choices

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January 14, 2011 11:25:27 PM

Hi all,

this is my first time posting here so I hope I can follow the rules. If not, please tell me where I've failed and I'll do it right next time.

My PC is running short on me after 3 years of acceptable performance, so I have decided to change some parts.
At first I opted to change only the Graphics Card and bought a GTX 460 1G but now I feel that I have a Ferrari parked in a low performance system.

I started reading articles and made some choices, but then I read some more and became uncertain of what to do, hence the call for advise.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: 500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (mostly WoW and CoD, surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Power Supply (LC6600 600w), Hard Disks, DvD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.pixmania-pro.com
Country of Origin: Portugal
Parts Preferences: CPU: Intel; Memory: don't have favourite; Board: Asus / Gigabyte
Overclocking: Yes / Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Well, I'm tempted to go for an i7 2600k (300$) but I don't have a clue about memory and board. I could also accept suggestions for a lower CPU if you see the difference is not worth (like i5 760 for <200$). My main goal is to have a good setup now that can use ultra graphics on the games I play most (WoW and CoD) but to be upgradable in 2 years, that's why I was thinking about socket 1155 and SLI.


Thanks in advance,

Elvaslion
January 15, 2011 1:26:54 AM

I've found wikipedia useful for researching about board chipsets to find out what might be important. You want at least 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and possibly 8GB (at least it's becoming the new standard). That's about as much help as I can offer, I'm afraid--I'm not familiar with Intel boards/builds.
January 15, 2011 3:03:41 PM

I was planing on 6 GB DDR3 but I can go for 8 if I save mioney on the CPU.

My big question here is:
Is i7 2600k worth 100$ more then i5 760? In terms of performance and future upgrade.



thanks again.
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January 15, 2011 3:35:13 PM

4 gb of memory (2x2gb)is enough, certainly enough for excellent performance in a dual channel board....(opting for 8 gb not really useful for gaming at present)

There are quite a few P67 chipset socket 1155 motherboards out/reviewed, by Asus , MSI, ASRock, etc; recommend opting for a 2500K cpu, saving almost $100 right there.
January 16, 2011 7:41:38 PM

Is a SSD worth investing money for this setup?

i5 2500k
4GB DDR3 @ 2000
January 16, 2011 8:53:35 PM

The 2500K and 2600K are both worth the money, as they perform better than Lynnfield and Bloomfield clock for clock. Also, LGA 1155 has better support for USB 3.0 and SATA 3. The 2600K may be worth the extra $100 for some because of its HT and additional L3 cache.

I don't recommend getting an SSD if it means skimping on the CPU, RAM, or mobo.
8GB of RAM running at 1333MHz will be more useful than 4GB at 2000MHz, and they'll cost about the same. If you really want only 4GB for some reason, get 1333 or 1600.
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