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October 23, 2011 9:36:30 AM

hi Guys/Girls,

I hope someone here can help me.

I am looking to upgrade my PC and i have decided to change my graphics card, RAM and motherboard to something a little more powerful than what i have already.

My Current Spec is as follows:

Mobo - Gigabyte motherboard GA-P35C-DS3R
CPU - Intel CPU Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz 1333FSB
RAM - Corsair 2048MB TwinX XMS2 8500 DDR2 Dominator
FAN - Zalman CNPS9500
PSU - Coolermaster eXtreme Power 650W PSU
Graphics - XFX 8800 Ultra Extreme 768MB GDDR3

My Choice of upgrades are as follows:

Mobo - ????
RAM - G Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333mhz Ripjaws Memory
Graphics - Palit GTX 560Ti 2GB GDDR5 x 2 for SLI config

So i guess you see my problem, i dont know which motherboard to invest in.

Im on a budget of about £600 and i know that my CPU can be O/C'd so that will boost performace somewhat. With the additional RAM (8gb) plus the Palit GTX 560ti in SLI my PC should perform significantly better.

However...

im unsure which motherboard to buy as there seems to be limited options for what i want to achieve in socket 775. im summary, this is what i want to achieve:

a - needs to be raid 0 compatible
b - needs to support SLI
c - needs to support 8gb RAM
d - needs to support overclocking

I guess i am asking you guys to advise me on which motherboard i should get and if you know which supplier is still selling it.

thanks

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October 23, 2011 9:45:01 AM

If you have £600 to spend you could probably upgrade to an i5 2500k setup and totally blow whatever you are thinking right now out of the water...
October 23, 2011 2:02:38 PM

thank you for the response.
Actually, i do intend to upgrade the CPU to i7 but not just yet.
I intend to carry the RAM and Graphics card upgrades over to the new i7 powered system with water cooling on both the cpu and gpu, but thats not for a little while yet.
Right now, i need to get a motherboard for my current e6850 until i can save up another £600 or so

Any suggestions
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October 23, 2011 2:45:08 PM

Quote:
thank you for the response.
Actually, i do intend to upgrade the CPU to i7 but not just yet.
I intend to carry the RAM and Graphics card upgrades over to the new i7 powered system with water cooling on both the cpu and gpu, but thats not for a little while yet.
Right now, i need to get a motherboard for my current e6850 until i can save up another £600 or so

Any suggestions

I suggest you have a rethink, the e6850 is a s775 CPU that uses DDR2 RAM and an i7 is either s1156/1155 or 1366 and the DDR3 RAM they use is different. Your E6850 will not work with the RAM you've listed and whatever motherboard you get for that RAM.
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October 23, 2011 2:57:00 PM

Even overclocked your CPU is going to bottle neck 2 x GTX560ti in SLI. Your PSU could not even handle that setup being CM extreme power!
Take the advice and go with I5 2500K Z68 or P67 board and a single GTX560TI! If not just stick a single GTX560Ti in your current board and overclock the CPU there! At least you can move the GTX over to a new build later without wasting money on a dead end track!
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October 23, 2011 3:00:10 PM

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Even overclocked your CPU is going to bottle neck 2 x GTX560ti in SLI. Your PSU could not even handle that setup being CM extreme power!
Take the advice and go with I5 2500K Z68 or P67 board and a single GTX560TI! If not just stick a single GTX560Ti in your current board and overclock the CPU there! At least you can move the GTX over to a new build later without wasting money on a dead end track!

Whilst it will restrict their performance it will not 'bottleneck' in the true sense as gameplay will still be smooth with high framerates.
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October 23, 2011 4:11:33 PM

Why not just overclock your present motherboard if you are not willing to do a full system upgrade? Otherwise, if you are not willing to give up your CPU, you do not have any cost effective alternatives.

If you want to overclock your present motherboard, this is one of the best guides I have found:
Shadow's Gigabyte motherboard OC guide:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-245679_11_0.ht...
It's for an EP35-DS3L but all the Gigabyte Core2 BIOS's are similar.
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October 23, 2011 4:12:17 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Overclocking by Jsc
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