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August 31, 2009 6:45:02 AM

Ok so my old dell 8400 needs a new motherboard so I thought this would be a great time to upgrade . Does anyone have any good suggestions on what parts I should buy ? I really want to stay at the $1000.00 mark. The case will be a Antec twelve hundred at $169.00 (Newegg.com)and I would like to go with Gigabyte for the Mobo (1366 Intel x58 ATX @$280.00 is nice but a little high in the $$ department)So I would like other suggestions. This would be used primarily for gaming and video editing. Thx :D 
August 31, 2009 12:00:09 PM

Since I do not know where you live, I will use NewEgg & Amazon.com for parts listings.

*note: If you live near Microcenter you can get the CoreĀ® i7 920 w/DO Stepping for $199.00 but you have it buy it at the store.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Micro Center: 22 Locations Nationwide
http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html

Here are some of the Mobo's you should look at.
ASUS Rampage II GENE: good small form mobo that kicks butt, 8 phase capacitors, SupremeFX X-Fi built-in and iROG
tweaking features.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P6T: good board that you can do either SLI or Crossfire on. Also moderate OC's and priced.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock X58 Extreme: basically the same as P6T, but lower in price as a Austek subsidary. Plus this is the dark horse of the x58 mobo's, if NewEgg can keep it in stock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.

Other Hardware you should look at.
CPU Cooler's
CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95
(It is similar to the ThermalRight and cools within 1 or 2 degrees' of it.)

If you do get the CoGage True Spirit, I would suggest this Mounting Bracket, instead of the Push-Pin one that come with it.
Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit Retail BOX Bolt-thru Board Mounting kit $9.95

If you want one of the Best CPU HSF Cooler for the Core i7 then I would suggest this one, but it is more expensive.
Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95

One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.

Thermal Compound.
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail $7.98

Hope this helps you out some. :) 
August 31, 2009 12:58:16 PM

discboy321 said:
Ok so my old dell 8400 needs a new motherboard so I thought this would be a great time to upgrade . Does anyone have any good suggestions on what parts I should buy ? I really want to stay at the $1000.00 mark. The case will be a Antec twelve hundred at $169.00 (Newegg.com)and I would like to go with Gigabyte for the Mobo (1366 Intel x58 ATX @$280.00 is nice but a little high in the $$ department)So I would like other suggestions. This would be used primarily for gaming and video editing. Thx :D 


http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... :) 
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August 31, 2009 2:09:58 PM

Yoosty said:
Since I do not know where you live, I will use NewEgg & Amazon.com for parts listings.

*note: If you live near Microcenter you can get the CoreĀ® i7 920 w/DO Stepping for $199.00 but you have it buy it at the store.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Micro Center: 22 Locations Nationwide
http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html

Here are some of the Mobo's you should look at.
ASUS Rampage II GENE: good small form mobo that kicks butt, 8 phase capacitors, SupremeFX X-Fi built-in and iROG
tweaking features.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P6T: good board that you can do either SLI or Crossfire on. Also moderate OC's and priced.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock X58 Extreme: basically the same as P6T, but lower in price as a Austek subsidary. Plus this is the dark horse of the x58 mobo's, if NewEgg can keep it in stock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.

Other Hardware you should look at.
CPU Cooler's
CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95
(It is similar to the ThermalRight and cools within 1 or 2 degrees' of it.)

If you do get the CoGage True Spirit, I would suggest this Mounting Bracket, instead of the Push-Pin one that come with it.
Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit Retail BOX Bolt-thru Board Mounting kit $9.95

If you want one of the Best CPU HSF Cooler for the Core i7 then I would suggest this one, but it is more expensive.
Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95

One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.

Thermal Compound.
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail $7.98

Hope this helps you out some. :) 


You bet it does. Helps me out a lot. Thx ! I am 60+miles from Madison,Wi kinda in the boonies. I was also thinking about a core 2 extreme instead of the X58 LGA1366 mobo but need to stay with the ddr3 memory. I have done two parts lists but both of them come out to $1500.00 or more and I am really just want to spend a $1000.00.
August 31, 2009 3:22:19 PM

You could also wait about a month and go with the Core i5 (1156 chipset). The P55 mobo's will cost from $100 to $250 and will use Dual Channel DDR3, plus around same time ATI is coming out wit there new 5xxx cards. Plus there will be over 30 mobo's coming out in the next week to month for the P55

The Core i7-860(1156 socket) clock 2.8GHz, price around $284 usd.
Intel Core i5-750, i7-860 and i7-870 coming September 6th?

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