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Upgrade advice from gtx260/e8400

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April 5, 2012 12:43:06 PM

I have been itching to upgrade my computer that I built December 2008. It has e8400, evga 896mb gtx260, gigabyte p45 mobo, 4GB ocz ram and a pc power and cooling 610 watt psu. I am in no hurry to upgrade but there are some deals on newegg that make me think it could be a good time.
Budget is 600-800USD
System usage mostly gaming (dota2 diablo3 cs:go borderlands 2 etc)
Would like to only upgrade mobo gpu cpu ram if possible
Prefer newegg
Country USA
Part preference: Intel and Nvidia
Overclocking: unlikely
SLI/Crossfire: unlikely
Resolution 1920x1080
I am considering the following:

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor (for $195 on sale)

EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (for $215 on sale)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

April 5, 2012 1:40:48 PM

why are you getting an overclocking board but not a CPU with an unlocked multiplier?

You are going WAY overboard with the mobo if you have 0 intention of OCing.

Save yourself more to spend on you GPU and get a 6950.
April 5, 2012 1:42:43 PM

Also as far as I remember SB memory controller only clocks memory @1333.

If you are going to upgrade to an IB later then maybe its sensible, but by then the 1600 will be considered "low-end" anyway as the clocks will go up to 2600 or something.
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April 5, 2012 2:07:49 PM

It seems like I would be best off waiting for ivy bridge and the lower end kepler's then right?
April 5, 2012 2:14:37 PM

well if you can wait just go get the ivy i5 and a lower end kepler, should blast you away with awesome performance compared to your old 2008 build,

lol a friend of mine last year was blown away, he was using a compaq pentium III since he only game starcraft broodwar and command and conquer tibirium sun(i play this sometimes on my old system)

he was busy most of the time on his other things and play casual on those games,
then i talked to him about getting a better system like a low-mid range system.

using a gtx560ti and a i3 2100 and played bf3 (first time playing any bf games) lol he was trying to explain how his experience was but he was like almost speechless and don't know what to say and just said 5H1T and later on told me how amazing technology has evolved.

well with your system you won't notice much difference since your gaming on 3d world. but you would notice more smoothness and more details like cracks on walls and stuff and a much amazing gameplay

I suggest i5 2500k, its only a few bucks off and you can overclock it when you feel like it
April 5, 2012 6:41:43 PM

the longer you hold out the better value you get. But this is ALWAYS true, there is always something else coming.

So if you can, wait, if not, you will see major improvement with your build, but better improvement if you balance it out with a slightly less powerful MOBO (which you can't use the features of due to CPU)

Getting the 6950 means you can likely either unlock (if you find the older one) or at least clock it to the same as the 6970.

Either way, I am just offering my personal opinion.
April 5, 2012 7:28:11 PM

I think I will wait a little longer and go with the ivy bridge version 2500 and pay more attention to the features of the motherboard.