$500-$600 gaming upgrade advice

Hey guys sorry for the double post but in my last post i did not use the correct format and did not get a lot of feedback, so here it comes!

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or the next

Budget Range: $500-$600 after rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, program development, every day usage

Parts Not Required: keyboard,mouse,monitor,PSU current: 650W Corsair Enthusiast Series 650TXV2UK PSU,case ( unless convinced otherwise ;) )

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: overclockers.co.uk,newegg.com

Country: Malta

Parts Preferences: No preferred brand

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution:1600x1200,1920x1080 (extended displays)

Additional Comments: Games are always eating up more memory and more processing power so i would like to update my pc. I would greatly appreciate feedback regarding my choices, and some changes and additions were necessary :)

Current RIG:

Graphics Card: HIS iceq4 4850 turbox
Memory: 2GB corsair xms2 DDR2 (x2) (total 4GB)
CPU: E8400 core 2 duo @ 3.00GHZ
PSU: Corsair TX650w
Motherboard: P5Q PRO TURBO
Soundcard: Onboard
HDD: 1TB and 500GB ( forgot the models )

Researched items:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2000 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $499.96
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-03-06 16:25 EST-0500)

Bundle i was interested in:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-080-OE&groupid=43&catid=2053&subcat=2063
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  1. The 2500k is a great deal that Microcenter offers, however it is an in-store only item, and unless they have a Microcenter in Malta, you might have to look for a different processor.

    The 550ti is a terrible performing card. for the same price the Radeon 6850 will perform MUCH better.
  2. Pezcore27 said:
    The 2500k is a great deal that Microcenter offers, however it is an in-store only item, and unless they have a Microcenter in Malta, you might have to look for a different processor.

    The 550ti is a terrible performing card. for the same price the Radeon 6850 will perform MUCH better.


    Amazon ships internationally and they have it in stock regarding the 2500k, Regarding the VGA, so are you saying the VGA will bottleneck the rest of my components? even the 6850? What VGA would you recommend not exaggerating on the price?

    Thanks :)
  3. I am saying that the 179.99 price on the 2500k is only an in-store deal that Microcenter offers. I have not seen a 2500k on amazon for anywhere near that price.

    I am saying that the 550ti will certainly be your bottleneck in this system. For the price, this card will perform much better: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850
  4. Do Not, I repeat!, do not get the PNY GTX 550 TI, i have had nothing but issues with mine. If you get anything get a XFX 6850 or 6870. Also the GTX 560 is better than the 550
  5. Guys thanks for the quick responses. so regarding the VGA, the 6850 wont be a bottleneck? if so, i can extend my budget a bit for a good investment.

    Regarding the CPU, you where right. it is $224. is there another CPU that is equivalent to the i5's performance?

    Thanks guys :)
  6. hey guys, just a quick update what do you think of this build? is it worth it?

    thanks!
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