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Upgrading to an i5 2500k, need some advice.

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October 14, 2011 1:24:29 AM

Im currently still on a stock q6600, looking to upgrade to an i5 2500k but i am not sure which mobo to get.


My max budget is $500 for the cpu, mobo, and 8gb of ram, but im looking to spend 100-150 on the mobo.

Im not looking to overclock right away, but it is an option for me in the future. I may also evently consider crossfire for my 5850. On board audio isnt an issue, i have a hardware audio interface for music production already.

Thanks for any suggestions on motherboards and ram. i dont have ny brand preferances.

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October 14, 2011 2:30:43 AM

csquared587 said:
Im currently still on a stock q6600, looking to upgrade to an i5 2500k but i am not sure which mobo to get.


My max budget is $500 for the cpu, mobo, and 8gb of ram, but im looking to spend 100-150 on the mobo.

Im not looking to overclock right away, but it is an option for me in the future. I may also evently consider crossfire for my 5850. On board audio isnt an issue, i have a hardware audio interface for music production already.

Thanks for any suggestions on motherboards and ram. i dont have ny brand preferances.


GA-Z68XP-UD3 $149
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5-2500k $219
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $25.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$149
$219
$69
$26
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$463
This will give you an awesome foundation - I would overclock from the "get-go"
-Bruce
October 14, 2011 2:46:34 AM

How about this, slightly cheaper.

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

394.97

About the same performance wise as what you listed? I already have that cooler, so its ready to be overclocked when I am.







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October 18, 2011 2:35:04 AM

ASUS P868 V LX
AT MICRO CENTER
At micro center there a combo deal
intel 15 2500k for 179$ an the mobo asus p868 vlx is 84$
HYPER 212 PLUS
October 18, 2011 2:37:19 AM

i just bought it on the 6th micro center .com
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