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New i5-2500k Build Questions

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January 9, 2012 11:38:42 PM

For $40 bucks, I can get something pretty much guaranteed to be better than the Piledriver series. AMD is likely to change the socket for the better Piledrivers (and the post-Piledriver series), so I'd be screwed for future upgrades too. Intel says that Ivy Bridge will have some on the 1155 socket, so that makes Intel the best "future-proof" solution right now.

Now that my hopes of AMD have been crushed and shared with random people that don't really care, how well does the i5-2500k overclock?

Will a Hyper 212 be a good, cheap fan+heatsink? ($29.99+ free shipping from Newegg)

What's a good "future-proof" motherboard that won't break the bank? (< $150)

Thanks for the help, guys.

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January 10, 2012 12:19:36 AM

2500k is one of the best OCing CPUs.

The Hyper 212 is good with it.

This motherboard should do GA-Z68AP-D3
January 10, 2012 12:37:20 AM

Raiddinn said:
2500k is one of the best OCing CPUs.

The Hyper 212 is good with it.

This motherboard should do GA-Z68AP-D3


Thanks for the Mobo.

I see you have a AMD X4 setup. What do you think about the X6? Compared to the i5-2500k, how visible is the difference?
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January 10, 2012 12:48:59 AM

Totally agree with everything that was just said ^^

And with that CPU and heatsink, you can easily add 1 GHz to the CPU without a problem. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but you should even be able to get to 4.5 GHz with that cooler.
January 10, 2012 1:32:13 PM

The 2500k performs generally better than an AMD x6.

AMD is for people on budgets (like me). If you can afford to go north of $150 on a processor you should probably just ignore AMD and stick with Intel (2400, 2500, 2600, etc).
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