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CPU/Mobo Upgrade Questions

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August 13, 2012 2:38:54 AM

Afternoon Gents,

With my 25th Birthday around the corner I'm looking to switch over to a Intel CPU/Mobo from my Current AMD Set.

My current Setup is as follows:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
HDD: MASTER: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
SLAVE: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
GPU: XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE

Now the only things I'm looking to replace would be the Mobo and the CPU.

I was looking on Newegg and was debating buying the:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Would this be a decent set up? I figured I would get some secondary opinions on this before I committed to spending this much.

I'm trying to keep it within the $400 price range, but can extend to $500 if it would be more beneficial.

Also any input on anything else worth upgrading would not go unappreciated.

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August 13, 2012 4:48:06 AM

that looks like a very good setup to me...and it comes in under your budget too so you cant go wrong haha....if you are looking for a cooler for your new cpu maybe want to try a little overclocking this is a great cheap cooler...

the best one out there for the price

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August 13, 2012 6:57:51 AM

Get the 3570k and the Z77 motherboard, should only be a small difference in price for a small upgrade to performance.
Intel i5 3570k. $10 more.
AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $135 (cheaper than the ASUS Z77, and I cant find any real difference between them).

That cooler Drums recommended is a good one, will easily let you overclock the 3570k to 4.2Ghz and bit beyond.

If you have an OEM Windows, you will need to buy another as changing the mobo will invalidate it.
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August 13, 2012 8:32:27 AM

manofchalk said:
If you have an OEM Windows, you will need to buy another as changing the mobo will invalidate it.

How so? If he has the product key he can just re enter it after a fresh install (I've done this many many times) as he will most likely have to do since new cpu and mobo.

But yes going Ivy over Sandy seems much more reasonable since there are hardly any price difference if not cheaper like you stated with that ASRock board.
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August 13, 2012 9:04:51 AM

The OEM states that it can only be used on that motherboard, as soon as that changes, the install becomes invalid till you put in a new product key. OEM product keys are one-time use, that's why their cheaper than retail.

Retail Windows you can install on multiple machines without issue.
August 13, 2012 9:18:04 AM

Hmmm does that apply to oem keys provided by companies such as dell, hp, etc. ??

I still don't have a full and clear understanding of all these differences in these types of keys.
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August 13, 2012 11:12:30 AM

I imagine so.

If you were to buy this, you get the Windows disc and a product key that is only good for one use, and it knows this by binding itself to the motherboard. If you change the mobo (or move the HDD to another system), it will invalidate the install. If you try to use the product key on another build, when windows verify's itself, it will see that its already been used.

If you re-install windows with the same motherboard, I think it would be fine. It will recognize its the same system and validate properly.

If you buy the retail version, you get a prettier box, Windows 32 and 64bit disc and a product key that can be used multiple times across different systems. But it costs twice the OEM version.
August 13, 2012 1:46:16 PM

Best answer selected by Porter707.
August 13, 2012 1:46:55 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.

Also thanks for pointing that out with the OEM Windows manofchalk. Sure did save me from a headache haha.
August 13, 2012 9:48:54 PM

I think the keys attached to the bottom of a dell or hp laptop, the sticker under it or even one attached to a desktop are different then. Because I used a Win7 home premium key from a hp laptop on my dell laptop and I believe these specific keys are called OEM SLP keys and can be used with any oem brand/manufacturer.

I've also used a winxp pro key from my old dell desktop on other comps to. Never ran into any troubles.