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

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.
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  1. Anyone?
  2. 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)
  3. Mobo: Anything that's X38/X48 based.
    Ram: 2x2gb DDR2-800. Look for low timings (4-4-4-12 = best) and a low voltage ( < 2.0V).
    This is a good one but it doesn't seem like you have access to newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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! :)
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