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New Built - Your advices please

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October 12, 2011 9:07:16 PM

Hi toms community, i was waiting for bulldozer to come out so that i could upgrade my old Core 2 Duo, but am a bit disappointed by the reviews / benchmarks. I am planning to upgrade to the i5 2500k. I was playing battlefield 3 open beta and i loved it though i had very low fps with my current setup, My main goal is to get 60 + fps on 1920 * 1080 with mixed high / ultra setting without AA or Anisotropic
See my current build below:

Processor : Intel Core2Duo E8400
Motherboard : Gigabyte Ep43-UD3L
Memory : 2X 2GB 800 DDR2 Ram
Video Card : Nvidia GTX 260
PSU : Gigabyte 550W

Approximate Purchase Date: (Mid November)

Budget Range: 1000 - 1300 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming and maybe running some VMs with VMWare Workstation)

Parts Not Required: (Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Casing)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Hardware zone Malaysia - http://www.hardwarezone.com.my/priceLists)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 * 1080

*** Please i am trying to achieve the best performance for my budget or less, i would love if some of you could correct or find cheaper alternatives for my part selections ***

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500k (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Motherboard : Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 (http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Fatal1ty%20...)

Memory : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU : COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series 1000W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Graphic Cards : Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 X2 (http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?psn=0...)

CPU Cooler : No Idea

Another factor that i am uneasy is the power consumption and the noise level of the built. My greatest concern is that, is this really worth the upgrade of shall i do something else? Thx for reading guys. I am waiting for your comments and advices

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October 12, 2011 9:39:40 PM

If you compare the gaming performance of an e8400 and a 2500k on anandtechs bench there is very little difference in most games .

I would buy the graphics card you would use in in your new computer , install it in your existing computer and then surprise yourself with how well it games
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