Hello there, just wanting opinions or upgrade paths for my system. Let me explain further.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week Budget Range: $800, no rebates (It doesn’t exist in Mexico). System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Programming Parts Not Required: I’ll list my current configuration (I just want to upgrade Processor, RAM and Memory):
Processor: E6750 Core 2 Duo running stock (2.6Ghz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3L
Memory: 4G RAM Patriot Performance series
Video Card: XFX ATI Radeon 6870 1G DDR5
Hard Disk (Boot and Storage):Western Digital 1TB Caviar Green
Power Supply: Corsair 650TX 650W
Case: Coolermaster CM 690 Advanced Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Digitalife.com.mx Country of Origin: Mexico Parts Preferences: A system based on Sandy Bridge Overclocking: No (I just don’t feel comfortable doing it because I don’t have any experience or success doing it) SLI or Crossfire: Yes, planning to buy another 6870 in 3 months or so. Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
My first attempt is this (I'm doing references to newegg temporaly, depending on suggestions I'll do the conversion to pesos):
My first concern is between the i5-2400 and the i5-2500, is it worth it to spend $100 more? Remember that my primary focus on this build is gaming, and the second is, I fail at overclocking . Third is between the Asus motherboard and a Gygabyte Board , wich one would you prefer?
Hehe thanks for reading me, and sorry for my awful english.
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Hi, if youre planning to add another GPU youre going to need to spend a fair bit on a decent PSU and motherboard ie. 750W and the higher end P67 Motherboards. Since youre not overclocking that seems a waste to me.
My suggestion would be to stick with your PSU, buy a H61 board and the i5-2400 or i5-2500 (NOT 2500k since theyre mainly for overclocking and cost a lot more.) Choosing between the 2400 and 2500 just depends whether you want to spend a small amount extra for a small improvement.
This way you save a lot of money because you would otherwise be spending $100+ on a PSU and an extra $100 or so on a mobo plus the cost of the other 6870 when you go crossfire. I think it would be better to just save the money and buy a better single card when the need arises.
I say get the 2500K and overclock it rather than just the 2400. If you're afraid to overclock for whatever reason then you can just stick with the 2400. The difference between the 2400 and 2500 isn't worth $100 in my opinion ^_^, but on newegg the difference is only $20 so in that case I say spend the extra $20
I'm thankful for your opinions, I never considered the H61 chip, but it makes sense even if it doesn't have all the features of a H67-P67 board, and sure I can save some money to spend on a better single GPU + PSU later.