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Old March 16, 2011, 09:57 AM
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Ok, I am currently in the mids of buying new core parts for a SB upgrade. I have already bought ram. I got G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4 gig DDR 1600 ram kit for $90. I am looking at either ASUS EVO or PRO Mobo. Not sure which one. Some advice would be nice. Also I can't decide if I should get the i7 2600K or i5 2500K. I am using this mainly for gaming. Some DVD burning on occassion. I am going to keep my case which is ANTEC gamer 900 case. I have a Zalman CNPS10X Quiet CPU cooler, 2 dvd burner drives. Sapphire AMD HD5850, Creative X-FI gamer sound card. I currently have a PC Power & Cooling 610 Silencer PSU. But on the fence if I should upgrade the PSU as well. I might either by another 5850 to xfire or wait till the next series of cards come out next year. Well, any insight and advice would be nice. I am going from an E8400 CPU. 4 gigs ddr2 ram, ASUS P5K-E Mobo.
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Old March 16, 2011, 10:05 AM
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i5 2500k offers the same gaming performance as the 2600k and it's less money, I'd go with the 2500k
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Old March 16, 2011, 10:47 AM
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Not much differnces from the Pro and Evo except Dual lan. Id go for the best price obviously.

+1 on the 2500k.
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Will you will be overclocking?
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Old March 16, 2011, 11:58 AM
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Totally agree that you should get the Core i5 2500K instead of the Core i7 2600K. Not really worth it to pay 1 1/2 times the price when the performance gain from HT is around 15% only and dependent on whether the programs that you're running on can take advantage of the 4 extra threads.

The PC Power & Cooling 610 should be able to support a CF HD5850 but it is kind of nearly at the limit of the PSU. Since you're getting a Core i5 2500K it would be better to get a 700W PSU to give a little headroom for future overclocking

Have not seen the Asus P8P67 Evo yet but I've seen the Asus P8P67 Pro before and it is good enough. Can't really tell the difference between the Evo and the Pro except for the slightly better heatsinks
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Old March 16, 2011, 01:21 PM
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Yes, I intend to overclock. I am sure that the Zalman CNPS10X Quiet will be a step up from the factory cooler. I currently use it for my E8400 at 3.6 and runs at 32 C. I might look at a new PSU. I kind of thought about upgrading it. Thanks so far for the info. I might just get the i5 2500K. Since gaming is what I will be using it for.
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Sorry to go against the flow here but I disagree with these guys if you will be OCing. IMO 2600k is worth an extra $70 for HT plus better chance for a good clocking chip. Just the potential to run 24/7 5Ghz is worth the $70 gamble plus HT makes it a no brainer. My 2 cents.
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Old March 16, 2011, 01:33 PM
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I got a 2600k, the way I looked at it, is I won't be upgrading for a while, so might as well get the best CPU at the time, and that was the 2600k. With a bundle deal I got from NCIX, it didn't cost me that much more than going with the 2500k.
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The 2600K has great overclocking potential but with only 57 bins it could not exceed 5.7Ghz. Most of the time overclockers will turn off HT anyways to give more room to increase the multiplier. 24/7 5Ghz is not very likely depending on whether you get a very good chip and a very good heatsink.

The Zalman CNPS10X Quiet wouldn't cut it for an overclock till 5Ghz or its idle and load temperatures will be at an undesirable level. I've built a rig using the Core i7 2600 with CM Hyper 212+ at stock clocks and HT on. Its idle is around 40C and load is around 60C in an air conditioned room. I would rather get the Core i5 2500K now and do an upgrade to Ivy Bridge next year.
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The Zalman CNPS10X Quiet wouldn't cut it for an overclock till 5Ghz or its idle and load temperatures will be at an undesirable level. I've built a rig using the Core i7 2600 with CM Hyper 212+ at stock clocks and HT on. Its idle is around 40C and load is around 60C in an air conditioned room. I would rather get the Core i5 2500K now and do an upgrade to Ivy Bridge next year.

Thatsactually a pretty high load temp for a 212+ you might want to try reseating it or maybe picking up some better thermal paste.
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