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July 31, 2011 4:36:24 PM

hey,
i build my first ever system a little over 6 months ago and are very pleased,
i have a fair bit of money laying around and i enjoy just building them
considering i can't really add to mine, i felt like upgrading,
i build my first one with the cheapest parts i could find, cause i didn't think i'd get serious (and honestly i thought i'd stuff it up)
so i spent about 300 on it, then bought graphics card and psu for bout 190 so i was very happy
you can see my current specs below

Motherboard - $129
-Asus P8P67-LE-B3
CPU - $182
- Intel i5 2400 3.1ghz quad

i picked these to replace my current, mobo and cpu and just wanted your thoughts, other reason for upgrading is
i'm running winxp 32bit and i got my hands on some video editing software that requires vista or win7 64bit,
and i believe it's pretty demanding on cpu, i'm working with special effects and need the rendering power/speed,
so i thought this might be a good excuse, i do love gaming on my system, (Crysis 1&2, BC2, MW2, WOW)

thanks,

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August 1, 2011 11:24:45 AM

The Intel i5 2500k is a better choice than the 2400 for a bit more price ofcource.
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August 1, 2011 12:53:44 PM

this is what i would reccommend:
MSI P67A-G43 (B3) (two PCI-E lanes running at x16 and x8): ($109 after rebates)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

an i5-2500K: ($219)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


and if you want some more gaming performance than you can crossfire that 5770 with a 6770, especially since your CX500 will be able to handle crossfire 5770/6770 just fine:
http://sites.amd.com/PublishingImages/Public/Graphic_Il...

this SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100328VXL Radeon HD 6770: ($99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 1, 2011 1:09:40 PM

thanks for replies
i feel like i'd be paying a decent extra for the 2500k processor and at the same time not getting the most out of it, like they made them for overclocking right?, but i don't feel i will, and my gaming performance is more than fine, if anything i was gonna sell mine to a mate and just get a GTX570 Ti, but that would be down the track, i mainly wanted your opinion about those parts, whether they were dodgy or something bad that i didn't know about, i'm pretty set about getting them,
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August 1, 2011 1:47:42 PM

lellz said:
thanks for replies
i feel like i'd be paying a decent extra for the 2500k processor and at the same time not getting the most out of it, like they made them for overclocking right?, but i don't feel i will, and my gaming performance is more than fine, if anything i was gonna sell mine to a mate and just get a GTX570 Ti, but that would be down the track, i mainly wanted your opinion about those parts, whether they were dodgy or something bad that i didn't know about, i'm pretty set about getting them,


in that case im sure a 2400 would be great, and BTW crossfire 5770s/6770s have similar performance to a single GTX570. (no such thing as a gtx570Ti, only a gtx560Ti) the board in your original post will laso allow for crossfire.
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August 2, 2011 1:36:52 PM

umm does it only support crossfire (amd), cause i thought nvidia labels their differently SLI? but i dunno if it has to specify both, thanks again
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August 2, 2011 1:41:16 PM

lellz said:
umm does it only support crossfire (amd), cause i thought nvidia labels their differently SLI? but i dunno if it has to specify both, thanks again


the board you listed only supports crossfire, the board i listed supports both SLI and Crossfire. And yeah, two-way SLI= two nvidia cards working together. two-way crossfire=two AMD/ATI cards working together.
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August 3, 2011 12:50:55 PM

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