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Upgrading My Computer [Need Advice]

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February 8, 2012 5:52:11 AM

Hey guys I was looking to upgrade my gaming computer from 2+ years ago. I live in Australia. (No Newegg / Amazon, PC Case gear is fine :D )

Graphics card when the AMD 7 series fully releases.


Current Specs:
Core 2 Quad 2.66Ghz (No OC) Q8400 (4cores, 4 threads)
P5q Se2 Mobo
Radeon HD 5770 Gigabyte
4gb DDR2 800Mhz (2x2 sticks)
650w PSU

Kk with that out of the way, i went to my local computer shop and they gave me a quote which is:
Intel Core i5 2500/3.3Ghz/6mb/LGA1155 - $227

MSI H61M-P21B3,s1155 2xDDR3 PCIe mATX - $79

2x CMv4Gx3M1A1333c9, 4GB DDR3-1333 - $22 each x 2 = $44

Total - $350 AUD

My question is, should I buy this and get a graphics card later on or should i choose another build, im questioning the mobo, i do not think it is compatible with PCIe 3.0 which i think the radeon 7850 is (Guessing) the graphics card that ill be buying.

Are these prices overpriced? And is it worth going to a 2500K. I was looking at the AMD Bulldozer line of CPU's with cheaper prices, more cores and similar clock speeds, should i go with an AM3 build? Or stick with intel

If my current plan is not worth the money could you help me with creating a new one. Sorry im not the best with computers, i have limited knowledge in overclocking CPU's (BIOS)

Any help is appreciated
Sorry for typos
Thanks in advance
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February 8, 2012 6:20:29 AM

A Z68 motherboard is much more versatile but will add cost .
The 2500 or 2400 are both powerful processors so only get a 2500k if you will OC
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