Hello, I'm hoping for some feedback on my planned upgrade from a Core 2 Duo. I'm reusing some parts so I definitely want to keep those and I'm replacing the CPU, RAM, motherboard, and CPU cooler. My primary reason for upgrading is to improve performance in games. The prices I'm listing are Canadian from Canada Computers, they usually have good prices and I can pick up in person to save on shipping.
Some of the reasoning behind my picks... Motherboard because it seems to have good features, is cheaper than Asus, and I've been pleased with my current Gigabyte board. Memory because it's affordable and has great ratings on Newegg, 1600MHz because there doesn't seem to be much gaming performance boost from anything faster. CPU cooler because it's cheap and has good reviews, was looking at the Noctua D14 but it's twice the price, SO BIG, and ugly colors. Thermal compound cause it's a little cheaper than Arctic Silver with good performance reviews. For the CPU I'm going back and forth between i5 2500k and 3570k, currently strongly leaning toward the 3570k. 2500k is still $210-230 here. Any feedback/thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
I'm not aiming to drastically overclock, I figured 4GHz would be somewhat mild while still giving me a performance increase. I'm not comfortable messing around with voltages. I was a little concerned with the Ivy Bridge getting hotter while overclocking compared to Sandy Bridge.