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Upgrading to i5-2500k CPU

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September 6, 2011 5:35:39 PM

Hey all,

I'm looking into upgrading my current rig so I can use an i5-2500k CPU. Since I'm currently using a motherboard which is NOT compatible with the i5-2500k, I will need to purchase a new one plus DDR3 ram.

Can you recommend to me the cheapest possible motherboard that is compatible with an i5-2500k CPU?

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September 6, 2011 5:41:58 PM

The cheapest possible motherboard or an inexpensive motherboard that will allow you to overclock the CPU? If you don't plan on overclocking, then consider a less expensive non-K CPU.
September 6, 2011 5:55:44 PM

Is there much of a price difference between the non-K and K CPU? I didn't plan on over-clocking since I don't know how to do it, but if it's worth the extra £££ then I'll consider getting it.

Essentially I'm looking for the cheapest mobo prices for either a non-K or K version. Also, if you know where I can get the CPU at a reasonable price then I'd appreciate a link to that too.
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September 6, 2011 6:24:46 PM

overclocking on I5-2500K is quite easy, and will give you a lot more power, but whether you can use it...? if you are not hi-res and sli then you'll probably leave that power untapped.
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September 6, 2011 6:27:37 PM

The diiference only is £10, but you can use a less expensive motherboard if overclocking is not required (though you can use a really cheap motherboard with the K version and not overclock it). You can buy a basic motherboard like an Asus P8H61-M LE, but I'd certainly spend more for an i5-2500 or an i5-2500K compatible motherboard.

Where are you and where do you normally shop?
September 6, 2011 6:49:02 PM

13thmonkey said:
overclocking on I5-2500K is quite easy, and will give you a lot more power, but whether you can use it...? if you are not hi-res and sli then you'll probably leave that power untapped.


I am Hi-Res but not SLI; I'm running a single GTX 460. :) 

GhislainG said:
The diiference only is £10, but you can use a less expensive motherboard if overclocking is not required (though you can use a really cheap motherboard with the K version and not overclock it). You can buy a basic motherboard like an Asus P8H61-M LE, but I'd certainly spend more for an i5-2500 or an i5-2500K compatible motherboard.

Where are you and where do you normally shop?


United Kingdom, and honestly I don't "normally shop" anywhere. My PC was initially pre-built by and purchased from ebuyer, so really I have no idea where to get the best prices.

I guess I'll go with the non-K option, so if you could let me know what you'd recommend (and where to get it) that would be great. :) 
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September 6, 2011 6:51:33 PM

ebuyer are good enough, scan and overclockers.co.uk have good offers too.
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September 6, 2011 8:27:30 PM

In US currency, their price matches Newegg.com when shipping cost is included (taxes are excluded). Do you have to pay VAT when ordering from outside UK (Malaysia in this case)?

Have you read http://www.pc-titan.com/shop_content.php?coID=3 (sections 12 and 13 are the most important)?
September 6, 2011 8:34:53 PM

Heh...I didn't look into all of that. I just searched it up on Google and that was the cheapest price. A bit silly of me really. :ange: 

@GhislainG

You suggested the Asus P8H61-M LE earlier...but it looked as if you had something else in mind?
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September 6, 2011 9:47:33 PM

I'll admit that I don't like cheap components. Quality power supplies and motherboards usually lead to more stable systems. If you buy an inexpensive motherboard, then you should probably consider an inexpensive CPU like the i3-2100 as it's a better match.

If you really want an i5-2500K (it's a great CPU), then why not use a motherboard like the Biostar TP67B+ or an Asus P8P67 Pro?
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