LGA 1155 Upgrade *Feedback Please*

destram25

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I plan on buying some new parts to upgrade my rig very soon. These are the parts I had in mind for this upgrade:


CPU:

core i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

or should I get the core i7 2600k for $100 extra (whats the difference performance wise, is it worth it?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

CPU COOLER:

noctua nh-d14 (how does it compare against other after-market coolers, I hear its one of the best on the market)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

MOTHERBOARD:

good choice?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

All for about $500-600
What do you guys think? Is everything compatible?

*Feedback Appreciated*

I was also wondering if it would be a good time to upgrade my graphics card. I have a 4870x2 and my main concern is if it will be able to run oblivion 5 smoothly maxed out.
 

008Rohit

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WTH did you write upgrade, then? I thought you already have a LGA 1155 rig and want to upgrade it.

i5 2500K - $220
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $30
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125
Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8 (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52

Total : $427 before rebates

Whats the brand of your so called 1000W PSU? Raidmax or Rosewill wont do. 2 4870's in Crossfire are powerful enough.
 

destram25

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I meant upgrade from core 2 duo to core i7, sorry for the misunderstanding..
My power supply is a Antec TruePower Quattro and I dont have 2 4870's in crossfire i have a 4870X2
 

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Most games dont run smoothly I'm pretty sure its because of the processor
 


well a 2500K wont run many games any faster at all , so you have better hope its not the processor

The 4870 x2 was a beast but drivers sucked .
I would replace it as the first step to good gaming
 

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i5 2500K would increase FPS in games like Metro2033 or Crysis 2 or the upcoming Battlefield 3. Core 2 Duo is the bare minimum to run those games. Especially in lower resolutions, you'd realise the FPS increase. I too recommend to replace the GPU with something better. GTX 560Ti is a good card. Overclocks very well.
 

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Im interested in the 6850, you think you can put together a build for about $500-700 with the card and a 2500k?
Or anyone else
 

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thanks i appreciate it but i already have a power supply and hard drive / dvd drive

the things i NEED to upgrade is my cpu, motherboard, and ram ..ill upgrade my graphics card if necassary, but ive seen the 4870x2 max out in games such as crysis 2 so i dont think i HAVE to upgrade it just yet
 
5870 vs 4870X2
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/174?vs=162
With 4870x2 you're running a really hot, high pwr consumption and not exactly good (in terms of now) card. The 5870 is basically a 6870 (a little worse in some situations, as of now it is a little worse since drivers).

With that said, onto this bench.
6870 vs 570
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=306
Now you see a huge improvement plus it's cooler and just better. As for the reason I say 570 vs 6870. The MSI 560 Ti OC I recommend in my build is a stock 560 Ti OC'd which equals a 570.
Proof:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/1
 
Here
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/56?vs=288

scroll to the bottom and check the gaming benchmarks .
In 3 0f the 4 games e8400 exceeds 60 fps. Coincidentally almost all LCD monitors refresh at 60 Hz [ 60fps ] so the user experience of the e8400 and 2500K in those games would be identical . The monitor would just display 60 FPS no matter how many frames the computer churned out .
At higher resolutions the difference will be even less

Therefore the smart money upgrading an e8400 system is to buy a better graphics card .
Im using a 6870 on 1080p monitor and usind a C2D thats probably only a little stronger than an e8400 . I get 45 - 50 fps in the original crysis which is totally playable

But since you aint blowing $$$ on a mb and cpu you dont need then a 6950 , 560 ti or even a GTX 570 are going to be a huge improvement
 

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you sure about that? because a lot of the games i've played the e8400 works at 100% load and gameplay becomes really choppy and its not enjoyable. even when the 4870x2 first came out and it was the best card it was like this
 

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Quick question on the 2500k and 2600k:
Is there a difference that is worth the extra $100 dollars when it comes to gaming?