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Old July 28, 2011, 09:21 AM
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Hey guys, got about $400 set aside for a pc upgrade; wondering if it's worth the investment in upgrading from my current cpu (intel i5 750) to the i5 2500K, or keep the cpu/mobo I have and make the jump into the SSD world. My OS is running on a WD Raptor right now.

I'm leaning towards the cpu upgrade since the SSD won't provide any in-game advantages (I play mostly FPS titles and like to get any competitive edge I can afford) but do you think the jump from i5-750 to i5 2500K will be a noticeable difference in game? FYI if I move to the 2500K I am looking at the ASUS P8P67 Pro for a motherboard. My current vcard is the Gigabyte 560Ti 1ghz SOC version.

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Old July 28, 2011, 09:29 AM
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If I had $400 in your situation I would get the following:
2500k - $210
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 - $159 with $30 MIR
Kingston V100 64GB - $80

Set up SSD as caching. Best upgrade for the $$ IMO.
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Old July 28, 2011, 09:33 AM
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Personally I think that SSDs are just a fad, kuind of like when the lazor mouse came in people were saying that it was a huge improvement over optical mice I have to tell you honestly the best mouse I ever used for gaming was my old mx518 optical mouse.
I bought a SSD about 5 months ago and I do see a slight noticeable improvement on my boot times but that is about it. If you look at a web site that tells you to do all of these service tweaks and a few other what not tweaks for the your SSD to squeeze out a little more performance but you can do the same with a normal OS install on any Hard drive.
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Old July 28, 2011, 09:38 AM
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Thanks guys. I hadn't considered being able to afford all three, but I think I would want at least a 120GB SSD if I went that route.

I suppose a third option that I haven't considered is to pick up another GTX 560Ti and run in SLI. Would that give me better in-game results than the move to the 2500K running a single vcard?
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Old July 28, 2011, 09:41 AM
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If you go with what I posted, caching doesnt use more than 64gb so with Z68 a bigger SSD is a waste of money.
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Old July 28, 2011, 10:55 AM
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Nice. Thanks for the info Eldonko. I didn't know about the caching options on those new motherboards. I'll have to do a bit of research to see if upgrading the cpu would provide greater benefit than a 2nd 560Ti. I'm thinking i may be better off running dual-gpu. I have yet to try SLI.
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I doubt you would notice any huge jump in your games with a cpu upgrade, have you OCed it yet because that will give you a boost for cheaper. Another video card could make a nice difference, or selling your current 560 and getting a 580.

It depends on what games you play and if they support SLI or are CPU intensive.
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If you run your system on stock, sandy bridge will be a good upgrade. If your Lynnfield is overclocked your better with a SLI setup.

Eldonkey's combo is an excellent choice.
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