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[Upgrading Build] PC Gaming with Core 2 Duo, $900 Budget

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March 25, 2011 1:57:29 AM

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):

    Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
    Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM x 2 = 8Gb

    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 :cry: . 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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    a b B Homebuilt system
    March 25, 2011 4:13:43 AM

    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.

    Also, the RAM you suggested looks fine.

    Hope this helps, good luck :) 
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    a b B Homebuilt system
    March 25, 2011 4:17:09 AM

    P.S. You could save a few $ by getting 1333Mhz RAM if youre getting the H61 board as they generally don't run at 1600Mhz. (Minor performance difference)
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    March 25, 2011 4:40:56 AM

    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
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    April 1, 2011 12:13:11 AM

    Best answer selected by f4nt4sm4.
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    April 1, 2011 12:40:15 AM

    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.
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