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Gaming PC upgrade build

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May 18, 2011 7:41:53 AM

Hi there, I would like some opinions on my upgrading plan for my desktop. It has been around 5 years and the latest games are getting a bit choppy so I decided to upgrade my desktop. So the budget that I can afford is below $600 and I don't plan on using SLI or overclocking the ram and video card. It's a small upgrade since I bought a 460 recently and hard drives are still good. Here is the list that I am planning to get:

Processor -Intel Core™ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX31557(ME).aspx

Motherboard - Asus P8P67-M Rev 3.0 w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, Quad CrossFireX http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX32597(ME).aspx

RAM - G.SKILL 8GB Ripjaws X Series PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 4GB) http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX33234(ME).aspx

That is pretty much it. Also should I consider the new z68 mobo or should I just stay with the mobo that I have chosen? I don't plan on buying SSD anytime soon since it is still expensive. Thanks

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May 18, 2011 10:21:45 AM

The 2500k/P67 mb should be pretty much 'a given'/standard for any new gaming system, and the GTX460 is a respectable midrange card...(For pure gaming, the new Z-Series MB's are a waste of any extra money spent over an SLI/CF capable P67, IMO....

Enjoy the rig!
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May 18, 2011 5:31:28 PM

Get a motherboard that has 16x/8x PCIe slots and supports SLI, like this one. That way, you can add another 460 if you want. It's only $20 more.
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