Is it worth going for the 2500k intel i5 or should i go for the bigger cpu ??(i7)
and is mp gtx going to be a big hindrance.?
i dont want to have to upgate again in lets say 2 years
got about 8000 rand (rand to doller about 8,3 rand to 1 US dollor)
To upgrade your whole system on a budget, depending on your panel resolution.
Something like a I3 2100 coupled with a 6870 would suffice for entry level Hidef gaming.
The primary benefit to the I5 is that it's stupendously fast, but even an i3 on sub HD resolutions (1280x1024, 1366x768, 1440x900) an i3 will give you over 60fps when coupled with a decent gfx, like a 6870.
Edit: You won't recieve any benefit to overclocking an entry level gfx solution like the 260, most modern games eat it for breakfast, it simply doesn't have the architecture to keep up no matter the clock speed.
If you want better bang for buck, then at least sink a new gfx card in there, like a 6850 for about a hundred bucks, and overclock your E8500 for optimum results.
ok lets say i oc my e 8500 . any setting hints because i cant get any stability the moment i do any ocing . and the 260 , is it mabye worth getting a gtx 560 ti and sli'ing it with the 260 . or just scratch the 260 ??
scratch the 260, it wouldn't be worth the compatability issues, nor the additional power drain.
e8500 can run quite hot, are you running the stock cooler? If you are i would reccomend putting an after market one on there, stock coolers are designed for cooling a stock CPU, not an OC'd one.
Once you have an aftermarket cooling solution, (May I reccomend the CM 212 evo, about 30-50 bucks, will lower your temps considerably.) try bumping your voltage to maintain a stable overclock. This will however drive up your temperatures even further, hence the need for an aftermarket cooling solution.
I have a few 260's. the only one that played smooth was the Lightning with double the ram over stock cards.
your video card is the culprit. buy a high end beast that you can carry over to your next build ( mobo/proc/ram ). putting a processor on that "old" ( 775 ) machine isn't worth it.... and the ones listed won't fit... ( wrong socket )
whats to much power for the cpu over stock power .
like what will fry my cpu . and this core cell thing also sucks that also locks up when i install it and use the oc option .
also when i change the cpu clock . there is a setting to ither auto the ratio betwean the mem and cpu or lock it . how do you know or work out whats the right clocks to match the oc .(cpu to mem ). how sentitive is mem to ocing > do they fry very easy if you up the Mhz
new to posting here but just wanted to add im runing a core 2 duo e8500 and currently have it set to 3.4 ghz with a antec liquid cooling kit stays at 37 c and 42 under a load and also runingg the gtx 560 ti from evga with 6 gis of g-skill ddr2 ram clocked to 823mhz with a 630 watt rosewill psu and it runs Battle field 3 just fine full detail. just to let u know the ole e8500 still has the power to play with the big boys lol. also runing the acer version of the msi p7n so far boards be ok been a issue with the 3rd ram slot not liking the extra 2 gigs i had(all matching btw) so stuck at 6 gigs