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Need you advice on upgrading a gaming pc

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June 14, 2011 9:40:15 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: one month

Budget Range: the lower the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing, watching movies

Parts Not Required: everything except cpu, mobo and ram

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Yes (aiming for 4.5-5ghz)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I built this system 3 years ago and I think it's time for an upgrade.

q9450
noctua d14
pc power and cooling silencer 750w
evga 750i
2x2gb ocz ddr2
asus directcu gtx 460 1gb
antec 900

i would like to upgrade the cpu, mobo, and ram but not sure if all other parts are compatible.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K - $219.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX SLI Motherboard - $181.98
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59673&vpn=P67%20Extreme4%...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 1.5V Memory Kit - $83.92
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD7669&v...

Total: $485.89

please advice on the build. help needed!
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June 14, 2011 9:54:56 PM

Yep, everything else will work fine with that setup. I have the Extreme 4 motherboard, and really don't like it much though... would highly suggest the Gigabyte P67-UD4, an Asus P67 Pro or something.
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June 15, 2011 12:04:14 AM

thanks for the reply,

what's wrong with asrock extreme 4? i heard it's a good overclocker.
i'm aiming for 4.5-5ghz.
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June 15, 2011 2:23:47 AM

My P67-UD4 does a better job of OCing than my ASRock one. Might just be my particular board, but who knows. I've had 5.5ghz on a 2600k in this puppy :) 

I also just find some of the 'features' of the ASRock one to be annoying... like this boot OC check thing and whatnot. I have the say, the ASRock Fatality board is nice, but rather than the Extreme 4 I'd definitely suggest going with a Gigabyte or Asus board. If you want to save some more money, the MSI boards are real cheap on NCIX, and even the somewhat base model P67A-G43 supports SLI.
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