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Budget Sandy bridge upgrade?

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March 11, 2011 1:40:52 PM

Hey guys,

So I have a question about if getting the i5 2500k and this mobo

would be a good upgrade that doesn't get bottlenecked too much when used with a HD 6850.

I am currently running,

Phenom II x2 555 BE

2x4gig g-skill ddr3 1333

and the 6850

My ram, cpu cooler, and everything else will be kept from my earlier build. I was planning on getting a Phenom II 970, in the end I felt that the 2500k was a much better value.

On a side note I am using a Xigmatec Loki cooler and just wanter to check with the experts here on if I can use it to the 2500k, if not I will need a recommendation on that as well.

Thanks guys
a b B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2011 1:46:56 PM

It should be a substantial upgrade, though you could easily just drop in a newer CPU like the Phenom II X4 955 BE and OC it. It's really your call there.

If the Xigamatec Loki works with Socket 1156 Intel CPUs, then it will work with the i5-2500K.
March 11, 2011 1:49:08 PM

It works but not great just okay, I know the potential of these chips some perhaps it's best to get a recommendation on the cooler also
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March 11, 2011 1:53:43 PM

Oh and I am using a mid atx case if that help with the cooler
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2011 2:54:54 PM

You didnt' mention the make & model of mid-ATX case you have.

If you are interested in CPU overclocking you want to stay away from the H67 motherboards.
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3 / ASUS P8P67 or P8P67-M / Asrock P67 Pro for overclocking options
March 11, 2011 3:14:43 PM

Hey WR2, yeah. I was just not really feeling to the other upgrade because of the fact that I didn't have an upgrade path that had any room. I realized this was cheaper and that the reason I wasn't getting good performance on my 6850 was because the x2 just isn't strong enough. The case is a xigmatek asguard II
March 11, 2011 4:18:56 PM

WR2 said:
I couldnt figure out what size CPU cooler would fit in the Asgard beyond a 110mm tall Zalman.

To be on the safe side one of the good 92mm tall CPU coolers seems like the best idea. XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm or COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 92mm

I have the loki and it doesn't work as well I'd like. I was thinking something like this

But I'm not sure it it will fit, several people said that it was fairly large?
a b B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2011 4:20:58 PM

Cooler Master Hyper 212+. It's a great CPU cooler and is very inexpensive (under $30 on Amazon). People have reported 4.6+GHz OCs on it with a second fan (comes with 2 sets of mounting brackets).
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2011 4:41:10 PM

If you have the Loki already - keep it. It's pretty good - probably better than that Zalman

What might not work as well on the AM3 CPUs will do a lot better with the i5 2500K.
March 11, 2011 4:42:54 PM

add a second fan then?
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2011 4:45:29 PM

not unless you need one.

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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2011 9:11:30 PM
March 12, 2011 8:45:28 AM

Best answer selected by fools79.