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Part switching advice - Building 2 rigs from 1 old & 1 new

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July 9, 2008 12:18:04 PM

Hi everyone!

Longtime lurker, firsttime poster.

Have an old rig at home in Sweden and am going to buy and build a new one in Switzerland (gf works there)
I spend half my time at home and half at my gf, since I work from home it doesn't really matter where I do the working from.
The laptop just doesnt cut it anymore so therefore Im building a new rig.

I want to upgrade my rig at home as much as possible by switching components between the old and the new rig.

I work with Photoshop, Illustrator & Cinema 4D (3D rendering) and only do a little gaming now and then.
I use 3 LCDs (HP LP2065, 20") so I need 2 GFXcards.
I don't know if my choices are good and would be grateful for any input, but would prefer a motivation why component X is better than component Y if possible.

Thankful for any input!


Red = Components in rig at home
Green = New components to by in Switzerland
Blue = New components to by in Switzerland or Sweden when I come back


Rig in Switzerland:

Motherboard: MSI P35 Neo2-FR, Intel P35, Socket 775, 1333FSB, CF digitec.ch
Powersupply: Hiper 580W datorbutiken.com
CPU: Intel Core 2 DUO E6600, 2.4 GHz, 4 MB (2+2), FSB 1066, Socket 775
GFX: MSI GF 7900GTO 512MB 256-bit DDR3, PCI-Express X16 Interface, Dual DVI digitan.com
Memory: Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4, 2x1GB, DDR2-800, CL4 komplett.se
HDD: Samsung HD502IJ, F1, 7200rpm, 16MB, 500GB, SATA-II digitec.ch
DVD±RW: Lite-On LH-20A1L, 20x DVD±RW, DL, LS, SATA digitec.ch
Chassi: Thermaltake M9 VI1000BNS digitec.ch


Rig at home:

Motherboard: ???? - Got a P5W DH Deluxe, too big and fragile to bring on the flight. Suggestion what to get?
Powersupply: Corsair CMPSU-TX750EU, 750W, SLI/CF, ATX2.2/EPS digitec.ch
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450, Quad Core, 2.66 GHz, 2x6MB digitec.ch
2 x GFX: 2 x Club3D HD 4870, PCI-E 2.0, 512MB GDDR5 digitec.ch
Memory: ????? 4 GB - no idea what to get Suggestions? Would like a motivation why suggeted memory is good :) 
HDD: 2x250 GB Samsung Spinpoint
DVD±RW: Samsung something?
Chassi: Cooler Master Mystique, ATX


Sorry for any bad english.
July 9, 2008 3:22:37 PM

Anyone?
July 9, 2008 7:31:43 PM

Just ordered the following parts:


MOBO: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3, Intel P35, FSB 1333
Powersupply: Corsair CMPSU-TX750EU, 750W, SLI/CF, ATX2.2/EPS
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450, Quad Core, 2.66 GHz, 2x6MB
2 x GFX: Club3D HD 4870, PCI-E 2.0, 512MB GDDR5
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16, 7200rpm, 16MB, 400GB, SATA-II
DVD±RW: Lite-On LH-20A1L, 20x DVD±RW, DL, LS, schwarz, SATA
Chassi: Thermaltake M9 VI1000BNS
LCD: Acer AL2216WBsd, 22" TFT Wide, DVI-D, silber/schwarz
Keyboard: Logitech Media Keyboard, CH-Layout - Swiss keylayout, thats gonna suck...


Still would like some advice about what mobo and memory to buy for my rig at home when I get back (see first post)
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July 9, 2008 8:00:29 PM

Your mobo support crossfire but the second slot is only 4x. Your 4870 will be seriously bottlenecked.

Change your mobo for an X38 or X48.
July 9, 2008 8:03:21 PM

if you oc your q9450 you might want to get ram over 1000mhz and look at timings ram over 1000mhz will have timing as low as 5 but overall its faster then 800 mhz with a timing of 4. it looks like good builds. your motherboard wont bottleneck the video card to bad. in games a 16x slot compared to a 4x slot there will be like a 3% difference in fps if you already have the board and dont want to return it. then don't worry about it unless you think you can really use that extra 3% fps
July 9, 2008 9:16:01 PM

Im not keeping the P5W DH mobo, that's why Im asking for suggestions.
The P35 Neo2-FR mobo is for my old CPU and old GFX.

How much performance will I gain from getting faster RAM than 800 mhz?
I don't game that much so the performance gains Im looking for are more directed towards Photoshop and Cinema 4D rendering.

Thx for the advice, I'll read up on this a little. Keep 'em coming! :) 
!