Asus P5B upgrade suggestions

Should i get a faster quad core or invest in an i7 upgrade kit?

My current setup is:

Asus P5B deluxe
E4700 (2.6Ghz @ 3.2Ghz Dual core)
4x1 GB ram
NVidia 9600GT 1GB

I would prefer to invest the least amount of money possible, but all suggestions are welcomed

Thanks
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  1. I forgot to mention that I dont do any gaming and the system is showing its age when i'm working (photoediting).

    So i need raw processing power and have no need for a multiple video-card setup

    Thanks
  2. Use the link in my sig to edit you're first post. That will help with a lot of other questions.

    But in general, if you don't have that much to spend, a Q9550 will be a big upgrade for you and will cost $220.

    A whole new platform will cost more. AMD won't be considered here cuz they can't offer anything better than what the Q9550 can do and it would cost more needing a mobo.

    And i5 750 would be big gains for you. The i7 860 would be bigger gains as that chip will hyper thread. With the i7 860 performing just as well as the i7 920, I'd just stick with the 860 on the P55 mobo. The X58 cost more and only gains you graphics performance, which you don't need.

    General pricing:
    CPU: i5 750 $200
    Mobo: P55 $100-$135 (micro and middle road Asrock vs full sized and Gigabyte/Asus)
    Ram: DDR3 4gigs $90. If you run a number of apps at the same time, 8gigs might be worth considering, but only heavy intense programs, not chat/music/internet apps. I'd start with 4 and see how the performance is, then if you need a little boost, more might be worth it.
    GPU: The 9600Gt will still serve your needs
    PSU: ? if its a decent one, keep using it
    Case: ? if its worked this long, should still work in your next build
    HDD: ? are you set
    Optical: ? are you set
    OS: ? are you set

    The i7 860 would just be $90 more but use the same parts at the i5 750.
  3. OK, thanks for the info.

    I think i will take the plunge and go for the following setup:

    1) i7-860 ......................................................................... 258,80 €
    2) Gigabyte P55M UD2 ................................................... 101,00 €
    3) Corsair XMS DDR3-1600 (4 x 2GB, 9-9-9-24) ................ 229,00 €

    I was looking at the 229€ MSI P55 GD 80 but figured it diddn't offer anything more to me that i need - the cheap Gigabyte board seems more than enough for my needs and it should OC easily to 3.8Ghz (i hope)

    What do you guys think?
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