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    Confused..to build or not to build? Any advice greatly appreciated!

    Hi Guys/Gals,
    Current Rig:
    P5NE-SLI with q6600, 4gb ram and an 8800gt

    I've just bought a Sapphire 5850 xtreme as an upgrade but from reading on various forums realise current CPU is likely to bottleneck...
    For that reason I'm thinking that it might be a good time to start over and build a new rig. The guy (on forum) who had bought the same graphics card had a watercooled q6600 running at 3.4ghz and felt he might have issues - my q6600 is running at stock due to memory issues...

    I've an idea that the i5 2500k looks like a good 'bang for buck' cpu but am a bit confused with the difference in motherboards for socket LGA11, should I be going for a P67? I hope to maybe crossfire in the future and go for 1800mhz (perhaps quicker) Ram...any motherboard suggestions or combo deals would be great. Or should I just wait for the next gen cpus?

    Thanks for reading, any help to guide my thought processes or deals would be amazing.

    8 Comments

    Well I would just see how happy you are with your new GPU and your Q6600 first to see how happy you are with the performance. Can you not adjust the memory ratio (not familiar with your board) so you can overclock your Q6600? A simple cooler upgrade (if using stock cooler) will be a must but a freezer pro rev2 is £14 or so.

    If you do decide to upgrade then yes the 2500k is the most logical move (well possibly only until Bulldozer arrives)

    I agree - squeeze a little more life out of your Q6600 by OCing it. You should get it to 3GHz with no trouble. Lower the ratio of your memory if it can't handle it.

    Banned

    i would wait and keep your q6600. Still a great cpu.

    Just bought a 'bundle' from Aria and very pleased with it. Its an i5 3500K overclocked to 4.4ghz - thats 4 cores x 4.4 ghz and it runs cool. The motherboard is an MSi P67 - 45 with 4 gb ram. Very fast. cost me £329 delivered on superoffer but now £349 delivered. Just bought a Asus HD Radeon 6950 overclocked 50%. Runs Chrysis fully maxed out with absolutely no lag or any tearing - smooth.
    This might help you decide.

    michaelmakro

    Just bought a 'bundle' from Aria and very pleased with it. Its an i5 … Just bought a 'bundle' from Aria and very pleased with it. Its an i5 3500K overclocked to 4.4ghz - thats 4 cores x 4.4 ghz and it runs cool. The motherboard is an MSi P67 - 45 with 4 gb ram. Very fast. cost me £329 delivered on superoffer but now £349 delivered. Just bought a Asus HD Radeon 6950 overclocked 50%. Runs Chrysis fully maxed out with absolutely no lag or any tearing - smooth.This might help you decide.



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    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the replies,giving the overclocking a go and wait seems to be the general concensus so that's what i'll do! I've actually got the cooler you mentioned GavinLewisHUKD so I'll try and OC it and see how that goes. Many thanks for all the comments from everyone though it's really helped me make a decision (and probably saved me £400!).

    Cheers to you all!
    Edited by: "Zaitochi" 29th Apr 2011

    Ooops i5 2500K

    michaelmakro

    Ooops i5 2500K



    Ooops 50% overclock! 1200 Mhz core! (_;)
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