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December 6, 2011 4:49:18 PM

i am getting an i5 2500 not the 2500k and was woundering if i could high end game without upgrading the cooler and still be at a safe temp

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December 6, 2011 4:59:47 PM

The stock heatsink is enough to keep a non overclocked CPU cool. If you find that the temps are too high for your taste, then at that point look for another heatsink.
December 6, 2011 5:18:49 PM

jaguarskx said:
The stock heatsink is enough to keep a non overclocked CPU cool. If you find that the temps are too high for your taste, then at that point look for another heatsink.


Hyper 212+ Is good I have heard, never tried it so I can't give advice on it. I used Noctua NH-D14 but overkill for a non overclocked.
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December 6, 2011 8:10:29 PM

ok thanks i will be putting the radeon 6950 in there too that should enable me to play ultra to high for the next few years right??

i,v heard rumors that the 7xxx series will be out soon any one know anything about this??
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December 6, 2011 8:20:34 PM

If you already got the card then stick with it, as for the cpu the I5 is about the only real value cpu that intel sells. The rest are either overpriced or not worth the effort.
That rig will be good for maybe up to five years before being to old to really hold up. As for Radeon 7xxx it depends on how long you are willing to wait and even spend.
December 6, 2011 9:31:58 PM

i dont already have that card its part of my new build that i will be getting withing the next 2-3 months pluss all the extra bits

8gig 1233mhz ram
19" lcd
liquid cooling
mouse . . . . .

costing me £850
around $1500 i think not sure on rates at the mo

but 5 years is good for the price plus
i plan to start saving for the new system as soon as i have this one. love my pc as you may be able to tell

at the mo i am running a intel celaron d (not duel core) 2.66ghz and a 256mb radeon 8900 pro, so the day i get my new rig i my current will be beried in the garden. i have had that system for about 8 years with a few tweeks it has served me well but i think its time to bite the bullet and move on lol.
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December 6, 2011 9:48:08 PM

I would get everything as you already have planned except the graphics card. It is to early to tell how much better next gen will be and to late with the current gen to be paying retail. I suggest you get a cheap low end or mid range card to act as stop gap solution until Radeon 7xxx comes out. As for everything else you won't be disappointed. When you first have everything put together and most of your work is done you will have so much more performance over your old rig than you know what to use it for.
December 6, 2011 10:02:47 PM

can u sugest a decent card to tide me over till the 7xxx's are out ??
December 6, 2011 10:03:56 PM

i would like to play skyrim and crysis 2 mw3 bf3 obviasly high gfx will have to wait till new card
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December 6, 2011 10:07:51 PM

A 6850 if you can get one cheap but a 5770 if you want to save.
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December 7, 2011 10:43:18 AM

Why don't you just buy a 6950 or GTX 570, the performance of the newer generation cards won't be life alteringly different a GTX 670 will be the 570 with minor architecture changes and small performance difference.

If you want cheap, a 8800GTX plays Skyrim on High, if you can find one that is.
December 7, 2011 11:05:34 AM

8800gtx what about crysis 2 ??
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December 7, 2011 12:09:59 PM

There is only a $5 or $10 difference between the 2500 and the 2500K. Don't know about UK but it should be similar. Get an aftermarket heat sink/fanm forget the water cooling. A GTX 570 or an AMD 6950 will have you gaming in Ultra with a 19" monitor. 850£ is about $1327USD. Do some more research.
If you want to play the newesr games you will appreciate the newest hardware.
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December 7, 2011 1:03:24 PM

wezzacas said:
8800gtx what about crysis 2 ??


lol, I had tested that when I had to RMA my 560ti, I used my old 8800GTX and played Skryim on High detail 8x/8x and full sliders for the advanced settings and it ran well at 1368 X 768, that said I was only joking when I said you should look at it for a cheap temp option. Personally you should buy a good GTX 570 or GTX 6950/6970 and be done rather than buying a $100 card then paying another $300 when the 7000 and 600 gen cards come out. And final lol, with Skyrim out what the hell you playing Crysis 2 for.


As to Delroy, the op doesn't OC nor did he imply he wanted to, why buy a 2500K when the stock performance between a 2500 and 2500K are the same? Makes no sense.
December 7, 2011 3:57:02 PM

why not pick up a nice gtx460, until i added 2nd for sli, still played skyrim, bf3 on high at 1680x1050.
They can be found for good price, and can add sli later for big power, and still cheaper than gtx570, with bags more power, i keep up with my friends gtx 580 easily.
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