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July 23, 2008 6:11:15 PM

Well I made a mistake when buying my parts for my first computer this year, got an AMD, shoulda gotten Intel (from what all pl say). I want to switch over, and Im not sure what CPU and Mobo i should pair up for this. I dont want to spend more than $600 at maximum, perferably like $500 or less. I want SLI, PCI-E 2.0 and an NVidia chipset, for the CPU its gotta be quad.

I have now an ASUS M2N-E SLI mobo with an Athlon X2 5400+ slapped onto it with my Thermaltake V1 cooler (gonna put it on the new CPU)

I read alot about ppl overclocking the Q6600, and also the Q6700, I dont want to spend too much (as said before, remember I need a Mobo aswell) The Q6600 is $230 and the Q6700 $315 (OEM), Im buying from Tigerdirect.ca because im in canada no newegg here folks.

The Mobos I might get are:
- EVGA 750i SLI FTW (http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...)
- ASUS P5N-D (750i chip) (http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...)

With the Q6700 and one of these boards I'll be between the 500-600$ mark, dont really want to be but if its worth it...

Also could someone explain why the EVGA board is more, the features? the technologies? speed? iunno

-Thanks

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July 23, 2008 6:31:25 PM

Im currently reading that CPU buyers guide and it says best bang for my buck, easy to OC?
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July 23, 2008 6:38:25 PM

I don't know about the 750i for overclocking, unless youare definitely getting SLI graphics cards, if not get a good p35 or p45 board
July 23, 2008 6:42:20 PM

I would go Q6600 with the ASUS board. Both boards will OC decently (though not the best chipset for OC'ing) and perform about the same, so I would just go with the cheaper of the 2. I also prefer ASUS over evga for motherboards. Hope this helps.

Best,

3Ball
July 23, 2008 6:50:44 PM

From what I hear 750i boards are not too good for overclocking except for the mentioned EVGA board. Don't know why maybe it has better power delivery or pcb layout causes less emi between tracks or whatever. 790i board is much better but also more expensive. For CPU go for Q6600 , Q6700 not really worth price increase, also might want to consider Q 9450 or Q9500 but they are also more expensive. If I had to choose it would be Q9450.
July 23, 2008 6:59:03 PM

yeah I would love to have one of those Q9xxx CPUs but the money doesnt flow too well for a guy in high school lawls. I need to get that second 8800 GTS still for the SLI
July 23, 2008 7:00:15 PM

I would go with the Q6600 over q6700 for your set up but I doubt that cooler will keep it cool enough for a high OC. If you don't already have the graphics I would go with a Q9450 or X3350/Xigmatek cooler/Asus P5Q-Pro Mobo. (W/I your budget range...I just built that for a friend) You can easily do 3.6ghz with minimal increase in vCore and it will be equal to a 65nm chip at 3.8ghz.
July 23, 2008 7:08:08 PM

ok... lotsa numbers and terms there lawls, im a bit noobish but I do understand, too complex for me, how much would a better cooler be?
July 23, 2008 7:13:23 PM

Or instead of getting second card how about selling the one You have and getting Radeon 4870 and go for cheaper P35 based board which will overclock better and the Q9450
July 23, 2008 7:22:51 PM

This is an interesting proposition. Why do you want to switch? Are you not able to run what you want? I wouldn't change computers (upgrading or switching outright) until I could no longer effectively do what I want with my current system. Don't spend money unless you need to.
July 23, 2008 7:23:16 PM

Since money seems to be a problem, the Q6600 is probably the best compromise. The Q6700 has a higher multiplier and will overclock easier. As others have said, I'd avoid doing SLI, instead getting a 4870.

In fact, as I think it over, you might be better off staying with the AMD board and getting a 5000+ BE, overclocking it, and getting a 4870. It won't perform as well as an overclocked Q6600, but it would still handle most, if not all, games that are presently out. Its the video card that will make the most difference in game play, not the CPU. This way you'd get the most performance for the least money spent.
July 23, 2008 7:23:19 PM

Cooler should be fine, 45nm CPU's run quite cool anyway. Maybe not good enough for 3.6GHZ but it should do 3.2GHz at stock voltage with ease
July 23, 2008 7:25:12 PM

Ppl always tell me to stay with NVidia and also thats what I read in magazines (Maximum PC). Ill just stay but thats a good idea, dont know where or how I would sell it but Im probably not going to do so. I read that Radeon, sorry ATI, hasn't made a card that goes as fast as the 8800s (GTX and higher), but that was in a winter 2008 special, so thats just something I want to put out there
July 23, 2008 7:29:40 PM

I have a 8800 GTS running at some GTX speeds, Crysis cant go up to high without lagging down on the FPS, and that really urks me haha

Plus with lots of new gaming coming out getting bigger and bigger (as usual) I wanna be able to play at high or highest settings lol (Spores coming)
July 23, 2008 7:32:59 PM

Check out this review for new ATI cards. And that was with unmature drivers. ATI this week released new drivers which offer even better perfomance. And ATI offers much better perfomance for money. I bought my first ATI card two weeks ago- 4870. Before it was all Nvidia for me.
July 23, 2008 7:40:20 PM

What do you want to run that you currently can not?
July 23, 2008 7:40:51 PM

But You are probably better off just overclocking Your CPU and then adding second video card or replacing it with 4870 instead of switching to Intel. If it was new built than Intel would be better choice without a doubt but as a upgrade it is not worth it. I for example still have one PC with overclocked X2 4200+ , 8800GTX, 4GB RAM and it does everything just fine for me.
July 23, 2008 7:50:06 PM

Intel made 2 versions of the Q6600.
SL9UM 2.40 GHz Q6600 4 1066 MHz 65 nm B3 8 MB LGA775 05B
SLACR 2.40 GHz Q6600 4 1066 MHz 65 nm G0 8 MB LGA775 05A
The second one, SLACR (GO Stepping) is the one you need if you are going to do any over-clocking. Be sure the CPU is stamped with "SLACR" That is how you will ID it in the box and on the box.

Only one version of the Q6700.
SLACQ 2.66 GHz Q6700 4 1066 MHz 65 nm G0 8 MB LGA775 05A
Has GO Stepping. This is the stepping you want.

If you have a wide case use Xigmatek S-1283 CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Dont forget the retention bracket.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




July 23, 2008 9:54:05 PM

Q6600 without a doubt!
July 23, 2008 10:21:43 PM

Are those prices in Canadian?

If its American, you're getting ripped off.


Q9450, $280
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

I am still using a 5000+ from 2006 with a 8800gt, but besides Age of Conan, everything still runs fine at 1680x1050.

I am also in the mood to upgrade, but I am going to wait for Nehalem or Deneb; and 120 hz monitors!



July 23, 2008 10:39:46 PM

Yea, your in high school and the budget is tight, just OC your current chip or grab the 5000+ Black Edition (less than $100 US) and your second card for SLI and enjoy. Switch to Intel sometime next year after Core3 is out. ( I suppose thats what the'll call Nehlam)

As to nVidia vs ATI, what you've heard is tru regarding the last couple of generations (8000 series vs HD2000 and HD3000) but ATI's new HD4870 is proving to be an amazing card for the price compared to the newest nVidia offerings.
July 24, 2008 12:28:26 AM

B-Unit said:
Yea, your in high school and the budget is tight, just OC your current chip or grab the 5000+ Black Edition (less than $100 US) and your second card for SLI and enjoy. Switch to Intel sometime next year after Core3 is out. ( I suppose thats what the'll call Nehlam)

As to nVidia vs ATI, what you've heard is tru regarding the last couple of generations (8000 series vs HD2000 and HD3000) but ATI's new HD4870 is proving to be an amazing card for the price compared to the newest nVidia offerings.

Yea, you also have to consider NVIDIA cards do not support direct 10.1x but their next gen cards are going to so that means games will take advantage of the 10.1 for better performance in the future. something you have to consider
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