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June 11, 2011 12:53:56 AM

Well I will be upgrading my graphics card to a 580...getting a new power supply...and then upgrading my CPU.

I want to go with an Intel I7 processor!

However...there are a few processors with the same price range...I wanna list about 3-4 URLs, and I need your guys help on deciding if paying the little extra is the best way to go. I know I will need to replace the heat sinking fan from anyone I get from reading the Con comments, each con comments seem to be talking about replacing.

So if I do go with either one of the four URLs I will post *I am getting an idea on which ill be getting* what kinda fan should I get...I hear copper is the best way to go...but I am not so sure...I want something that is really good and will keep the fan cool if I ever want to OC!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was thinking of going for the most expensive one which my friend said I should which is the 2nd. What sucks is either one of these I suppose I SHOULD replace the fan.

Well any ideas or suggestions are much approved :) !

Thanks for your time!

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June 11, 2011 2:08:07 AM

NO i7-900s!
Sandy Bridge is better AND cheaper.
Get a 2500K for sure; it's about the best processor available. The 2600K is not noticeably better in gaming, and both outperform even a 990x.
You should get a new sink. The Hyper 212+ is generally well reviewed, but none are really bad, I think.
"If I ever want to OC" LOL. The whole point of the 2500K is OCing; you should go right to 4.5ghz and have a beastly processor.
What PSU are you thinking? A good 600W, like this one, should be fine:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 11, 2011 7:37:24 AM

No processor available will beat the Core i5 2500K in gaming. $220
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June 11, 2011 9:23:42 AM

The i5 2500 or 2500K is the sensible choice.
The i7 2600 or 2600K is the not the sensible choice :) 

Get the K if you want to overclock. Or if you want the faster integrated graphics :D 

There are several very good choices for CPU cooler. I like the Noctua coolers, any of which will do nicely to cool one of these CPUs if it's not over-clocked. If you do want to over-clock, perhaps the Noctua D14 might be your best choice - it is an awe-inspiring cooler, and easy to install!

You definitely need a good power supply. I like the Seasonic X series - just pick one that's big enough for your graphics card :) 
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June 11, 2011 10:49:28 AM

bearclaw99 said:
No processor available will beat the Core i5 2500K in gaming. $220


errrr....except a 2600K.
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June 11, 2011 10:49:56 AM

lentyski said:
Well I will be upgrading my graphics card to a 580...getting a new power supply...and then upgrading my CPU.

I want to go with an Intel I7 processor!

However...there are a few processors with the same price range...I wanna list about 3-4 URLs, and I need your guys help on deciding if paying the little extra is the best way to go. I know I will need to replace the heat sinking fan from anyone I get from reading the Con comments, each con comments seem to be talking about replacing.

So if I do go with either one of the four URLs I will post *I am getting an idea on which ill be getting* what kinda fan should I get...I hear copper is the best way to go...but I am not so sure...I want something that is really good and will keep the fan cool if I ever want to OC!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was thinking of going for the most expensive one which my friend said I should which is the 2nd. What sucks is either one of these I suppose I SHOULD replace the fan.

Well any ideas or suggestions are much approved :) !

Thanks for your time!


Ok....only 1 of those listed is a sandy bridge processor.
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June 11, 2011 11:34:36 AM

What kind of processor do you have right now?
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June 11, 2011 5:11:19 PM

Hey....so I should not get a Intel I7 Processor? I have a Phenom II X4 b55 *ATI*.

Yes my PC is mostly for gaming but I also use it for other things as well.

kaja...when you said I can OC to 4.5 is that the 2500k? *Intel I5 I think*

The power supply you sent me...would that be able to handle a Nvidia 580? I had the idea of spending probably 600$ for the card/power supply and 300 or so for the processor, if I go with the Intel I5 and buy a different cooler for it, I guess that does add up to 300 :D .

Why is the Intel I5 better then the Intel I7?
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June 11, 2011 5:15:11 PM

Not necesarily better, but performs as good if not slightly better when both OC'd to the max and doesn't cost as much.
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June 11, 2011 5:42:12 PM

Oh ok then I think I shall go towards that route...
When I do get a new power supply...how exactly do I measure it? I mean will the measurements be on the box lol....sorry I am still learning about PCs. I had my sisters ex bf build mine :D !
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June 11, 2011 6:01:52 PM

So overall the 2500k is pretty good...is that overclocked ps3?
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June 11, 2011 6:20:36 PM

I probably will go with the Intel I5...I never knew that overclocked it is a lil stronger than an Intel I7....lol yeah ps3 that is pretty funny :p .
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June 11, 2011 10:41:23 PM

The original poster, I assume, is aware that he/she will need a new (socket 1155) MB as well? (P67 or Z68 chipset recommended)
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June 12, 2011 5:44:39 AM

A new socket? What do you mean by chipset? The graphic card? lol Or maybe you meant heatsinking one..

So which is better the 2500k or the 2600k? I thought Intel I7 and Intel I5 both overclocked the Intel I5 wins?
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June 12, 2011 2:47:14 PM

lentyski said:
A new socket? What do you mean by chipset? The graphic card? lol Or maybe you meant heatsinking one..

So which is better the 2500k or the 2600k? I thought Intel I7 and Intel I5 both overclocked the Intel I5 wins?

If you do any video encoding then the 2600K is the one if not then go for the 2500K.
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June 12, 2011 5:19:44 PM

Yeah well um...lol I dont really do encoding...but if I ever do cant I still do it with the 2500k? But yeah its mainly for gaming, but I would also like the good speed too!
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June 12, 2011 8:48:22 PM

You will need a new motherboard, lest yiou think your current MB will support whatever processor you buy. (In fact, it will most likely not even fit/install on it)....

chipsets on socket 1155 motherboards supporting Sandybridge are H61/H67/P67/Z68.....
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June 12, 2011 9:00:45 PM

Basically,

H61/67 - allows you to use the graphics core in a Sandy Bridge CPU, but there is limited overclocking potential.

P67 - Great for overclocking potential, but cannot use the integrated graphics core.

Z68 - Basically allows you to overclock and use the integrated graphics core should your video decides to die.

Any Sandy Bridge CPU with a "k" designation (like the i5-2500k) has the Intel HD 3000 graphics core as opposed to the slower Intel HD 2000 graphics core. The Intel HD 3000 is a slightly more powerful than a Radeon HD 5450.
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June 13, 2011 5:54:54 AM

Now your saying I might need to upgrade my motherboard as well? I just bought it last year lol http://www.frys.com/product/6252780?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

I believe that's the one I bought....

lol it seems as though it never ends...and wow a graphics card built in the processor...interesting...I just plan on getting the Nvidia 580.
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June 13, 2011 6:07:50 AM

Holy hell I just watched a video on one of the fans I would get to replace the Sandy....http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that thing is HUGE! lol

I am doing more research....and how would this motherboard look if the one above wont do so well with the chipset?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its barley in my budget lol :D ...I plan to get the card/ power supply first...then the processor plus the fan they say you should not use the fan that is given.

Maybe my power supply will be able to handle the Nvidia 580/ 2500k processor, I have not looked I know its not only the WATS to look for but the amps or something along those lines...when I open my case it shows me a set of numbers, should I list them and see if I will have to upgrade that or not?
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June 13, 2011 5:50:59 PM

hey ps3....I checked some of those boards out.

I due infact want to push the processor to the limit so I do wish to overclock =D!...
Now I was reading something...will I have to overclock in the BIOS? Or is there a button on the motherboard I just switch on?

I am thinking about maybe the middle board? I am not crossfireing anytime soon, and I am not sure what SLI means lol.

ps3 what should I look for on my power supply to see if it supports the processor/Nvidia 580?
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June 13, 2011 7:17:04 PM

Hmmm well for now I am only sticking to one card so I wont be doing SLI or crossfire anytime soon.

My PSU is only about 500 watts so I am thinking I will have to upgrade that sadly...

So my motherboard I listed above the M4A87TD will need to be upgraded as well?
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June 13, 2011 8:03:22 PM

Well my first upgrade is the power supply + 580.

Then I plan on getting the processor + a better fan than the stock and I suppose ill have to get a better motherboard for the processor...Yeah I do want to get the Intel I5 2500k ill just save my money lol.

I am thinking once I get my card and I save up more money for the three step setup lol, the motherboard/fan/processor.

How do these three things look?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All the three things I listed above is what it seems to be recommended.

Btw with my current motherboard...if I have to wait a month or so after I get my card to get the processor new motherboard etc...my card can go with my current motherboard right?

I mean I am upgrading from a HD 5770 to a Nvidia 580 lol...big jump!
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June 13, 2011 8:57:49 PM

So you thought you'd use either an I7/950 or an i5-2500k ....on a socket AM3 motherboard? :) 

(The Asrock P67 has been well received, and is a good one; make sure your PSU is at least a quality 650 watt unit for use with the GTX580...)

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June 13, 2011 10:16:55 PM

LOL yeah mdd1963 I am still slowly learning about PCs haha thank god for this forum I woulda messed some stuff up :p .

But the AM3 motherboard can run the GTX580 correct? I plan to upgrade the processor in a month or so when I get a bit more cash flow!

For the PSU I hear the amps and such what is important to look for too.
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June 21, 2011 1:15:39 AM

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June 21, 2011 4:18:23 PM

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