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June 26, 2012 5:28:22 AM

Hi, I wanted to upgrade my current GPU but Ill just wait till nVidia fixes all the issues with his 670 GTX GPU´S, meanwhile I want to upgrade my CPU, MOBO and RAM;

My current specs are:

CPU: AMD 965 @3.9GHZ with Cooler Master V6GT
MOBO: Gigabyte 870 USB3
RAM: 2X4GB A-DATA DDR3 1333 Mhz
PSU: Acteck 700W, 2X12V Rails of 22A
Case: HAF 922

I want to use an i5 2500k CPU I've heard its the best gaming CPU in the market, I just don't know which MOBO and RAM should I pick, I need help.

My choices are:

MOBOS:
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Gigabyte G1-SniperM3 Intel Z77
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68
ASUS P8Z77-V Intel Z77
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68
ASUS P8Z77-V LX
GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3

RAMS:
ADATA XPG Gaming 8GB PC12800 1600Mhz
Kingston HyperX T1 8GB PC12800 1600Mhz
Corsair Vengeance 8GB PC12800 1600Mhz

I want to overclock my i52500k to 4.5Ghz if possible, and of course I want the best performance and stability.
I want all my games to run super smooth lol, no stuttering plz.
I don't plan to use CF/SLI in the future.

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June 26, 2012 5:40:44 AM

the 2500k is now obsolete and is replaced by the i5 3570k

Use a board with the Z77 chipset , and the features you want .

Memory should be 1.5 volt or less or you have no warranty on the processor .

and you wont game any better with that set up than you would with the phenom till you upgrade your graphics too
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June 26, 2012 4:30:15 PM

go for the i5 2500k as the 3570k basically has more internal graphics.
you will anyway put a good GPU, so the extra graphics won't be used.

Put the extra bucks (diffrence between 2500k and 3570k) in the GPU.

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68 is a gr8 board if you are going for the 2500k
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June 26, 2012 5:13:54 PM

Thanks for your suggestion, I saw a review of that Mobo and I liked it, is it good for overclocking an i5 2500K? Will I have problems with space installing my V6GT heatsink?
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June 26, 2012 6:00:27 PM

Outlander_04 said:
the 2500k is now obsolete and is replaced by the i5 3570k

While it is technically replaced by the 3570k, the 2500k is by no means obsolete. It's not even obsolescent; it's a fully viable choice of CPU. Both the 2500k and the 3570k will become obsolete at the same time: When the new LGA 1150 CPU socket is introduced.

The 2500k is somewhat slower than the 3570k, but overclocks better and is cheaper.
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June 26, 2012 6:04:41 PM

OCing better doesn't automatically mean it is better. Ivy bridge has a better clock to clock ratio and is faster per clock.
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June 26, 2012 6:45:18 PM

azeem40 said:
OCing better doesn't automatically mean it is better. Ivy bridge has a better clock to clock ratio and is faster per clock.

I didn't say it was better. It isn't better, but it's cheaper. Cheaper and only slightly less performance = at least as much performance per dollar/pound, if not more. If you don't believe me, then check out Tom's Hardware's own guide; it recommends the 2500k but not the 3570k.
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June 27, 2012 4:56:12 AM

Sakkura is ryt..
it is also proven that when overclocked at higher rates ivy bridge tends to get hotter than sandy bridge.
2500k is a more value for money product
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June 27, 2012 5:01:39 AM

yeah that mobo is great for OC'ing 2500k..

I m not sure wheather it will easily install V6GT heatsink.
The mobo is of a decent size and should be able to accomodate it. But make sure before purchasing.
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June 27, 2012 7:03:46 AM

For $10 more, you get:
PCIe 3.0
native USB 3.0
and the biggest thing of all, performance of an SB OC at a lower overclock.
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June 28, 2012 4:43:31 PM

azeem40 said:
For $10 more, you get:
PCIe 3.0
native USB 3.0
and the biggest thing of all, performance of an SB OC at a lower overclock.

Native USB 3.0 is a feature of the Panther Point chipsets, not the Ivy Bridge CPUs. Panther Point chipsets are compatible with both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge.

PCIe 3.0 is another story, but current graphics cards are nowhere near saturating PCIe 2.0 (x16) anyway.
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June 28, 2012 5:57:06 PM

Sakkura said:
Native USB 3.0 is a feature of the Panther Point chipsets, not the Ivy Bridge CPUs. Panther Point chipsets are compatible with both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge.

PCIe 3.0 is another story, but current graphics cards are nowhere near saturating PCIe 2.0 (x16) anyway.

Read the last point I made.
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June 28, 2012 9:09:11 PM

azeem40 said:
Read the last point I made.

I did, but it doesn't change things on its own. Especially when Ivy Bridge costs more and gets hotter when overclocked. As I said before: Tom's Hardware actually recommends the 2500k and not the 3570k. That doesn't say "2500k is obsolete and should be avoided" to me.
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