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January 5, 2010 10:06:30 PM

to be upgraded:
CPU: q6600
MOBO: evga 650i ultra
RAM: ocz ddr2 800

to stay:
GPU: EVga gtx 260 216
PSU: corsair tx650w
case: HAF 932
COoler: corsair h50

I will upgrade to:
CPU: i7 920 (should i wait for the 930? or it's not worth to wait it?)
I'm planning to oc 920 to just 4.0-4.2. I'm not going to exceed that for extreme oc.
for ocing to 4.0-4.2, should I wait for the 930? or the 920 can handle that with d0?

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 (because of sata 3, usb 3, 24 phase, and other features)
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product...

RAM: G skill PI series http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G skill Rip Jaws http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G skill http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair XMS3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't know which is supported by the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7, could you guys help me? and also, some ram are rated just 1.5v and others 1.6-1.65, which should I choose? is it better to go with lower rated voltage? I'm leaning towards the pi series because it's rated at 1.5v and has latency of 7. and also the mushkin blackline because of its looks (pi series too).

Thanks in advance guys for the help!
January 5, 2010 10:22:23 PM

honestly, the ud7 is GREAT, but those techs wont even be introduced in 6 months to a year, and wont become mainstream for probs another 1.5-3 years, so i would get the 920, with a good mobo, like an asus or gigabyte, or evga... and then wait 2 years, and get a new mobo, and depending on if the 980x will be coming in cereal boxes get one of them too. i would get the PI series too :D 
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January 5, 2010 10:55:52 PM

The Q6600 is a very capable processor. Why are you upgrading the whole system? What are the primary uses for the computer?

Take a look at the comparisons of the performance of these different processors / computers:
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=364...

You could pick up a Q9550 for $230 (Microcenter) and essentially get comparable performance to a i920 system for a fraction of the cost. If the system is used primarily for gaming, keep the Q6660 and upgrade the graphics card to a ATI 5850 ($290) for a big performance boost.

Just trying to give you some other options. Good luck!
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January 6, 2010 10:21:09 AM

i'm leaning towards the gigabyte ud-ex58a-ud7 because it has the future options. I think I would have it for 2-3 years depending on the trend of the processors. I'm not upgrading my gpu yet now because i'm still waiting for nvidia to release its fermi. I think the gtx 260 216 can hold me till fermi. I'm gaming at 1680x1050. I just want to be ready in the cpu/mobo part for the future, you think it's worth the wait for the i7 930? or the 920 can easily reach 4.0-4.2?
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January 6, 2010 12:35:48 PM

I think it's worth the wait on the entire thing. You're not gaming on a high resolution, and the advantages of the UD7 haven't been put in use yet. If you wait until they become more mainstream, you'll be able to pick up a new board at a much lower price than it is now. Not to mention what the eventual release of the new i9s will do to the prices of the i7.

I'd hold off on doing anything until you aren't able to game anymore. Or at least until all of the next generation tech is released (Fermi, i9s and USB 3/SATA 3). That way, you can get either the newer future proof stuff for roughly the same price, or the older high performance items for cheaper.
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January 6, 2010 1:35:34 PM

I'm really impressed by gigabyte ud7's 24 phase power, does it help on anything? and also, i'm looking at gigabyte's ud5 which don't have usb 3.0 and sata 3 (i can purchase an add-in card right?). but i just keep coming back to ud7 because of its insane looks and the nb heatsink. and also, can you guys give some advice on msi pro-e? i'm choosing only motherboards that have the alc889 for audio onboard because it has realteks lossless audio.
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January 6, 2010 1:50:28 PM

the q6600 and i7 920 only has a 10-20% difference in gaming! except gta4 where it shows massive increase. to be honest, i9 is coming out soon, 920 price will drop, maybe then you can upgrade, it will cost you less. if you are in gaming, why dont you upgrade your video card to dx11 ones like 5850, or 5870. much better option, or get a dominator ddr2-1066mhz with it...
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January 6, 2010 1:59:02 PM

i'm upgrading to socket 1366 to eliminate my current ram, processor and mobo because it will be more difficult to sell these old parts. so i think I'd go with gigabyte x58a ud7. I think it's worth investing on a high end mobo to serve me for a 2-3 yrs. am i right? don't focus on gaming, i'll be upgrading when my gtx260 can keep up, and also when the fermi comes out. i just need a good mobo, I just can't keep my eyes off the gigabyte ud7...
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January 6, 2010 8:54:37 PM

though the purpose is only gaming, i really want 1366. i know it you guys will say it's overkill and a waste of money, i really want the best cpu on the best board. I just need advice on the motherboard and ram..
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January 6, 2010 10:25:46 PM

Definitely get the ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard -- it has USB 3.0, SATA 6 GB/s, ALC889 audio, and is compatible with the new Gulftown six-core processor that will be introduced later this year.

The PI series RAM you listed has good timings, and will perform well with this system. Since you are water cooling you do not need to worry about the RAM fins interferring with your heat sink fan.

Go for it, and good luck!
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January 7, 2010 9:02:28 AM

is there a difference between alc889 and alc889a?

and also, is there a big difference between the gigabyte ud5 and ud7 besides usb 3.0, sata 3. ud5 has alc889a and ud7 has alc889. ud7 looks a killer with the passive heatsink.. is it worth to get the ud7? is it worth investing on a high end x58 mobo?
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January 7, 2010 10:22:44 AM

you guys think it's worth getting the ud7 for the heatsink? newegg just got the GIGABYTE EX58A UD5 for 289!
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 10:53:03 AM

I don't think the nb heatsink is worth it. Really, depending on how often you replace your computer, I might not think a $300 motherboard is worth it. If you build a new computer every 4+ years, it would be worth it. If you build a new one every 2-3 years, it's not.

I especially don't think the $350 one is worth it. What you're really paying for is the 4 PCIe 2.0 slots, which is a bad idea. Crossfire/SLI doesn't scale up well after the second card, thus making having the ability to do more a waste of money.
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January 7, 2010 3:09:19 PM

john_antonio said:
how about the gigabyte ex58a-ud5?it's priced about $30 more than the asus p6t deluxe v2? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I still would go with the ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 for the extra $10 and get USB 3.0 support, as well. Your best RAM solution is the G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, which has been mentioned by the others

I would wait for the i7 930, if you can. It should perform better in OCing than the i7 920 and reach 4.0 GHz pretty easy.
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January 7, 2010 3:14:32 PM

can't the 920 reach 4.0 easily? and why should I go with p6x58d instead of the gigabyte ud5?
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 3:26:21 PM

The Gigabyte doesn't have USB 3.0. It just has SATA 6 GBps.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 3:30:07 PM

Yes, the i7 920 will hit 4.0 with a little effort. The i7 930 should reach 4.0 with less effort and should go higher with little effort.

I recommend the ASUS because you get USB 3.0 support and the Gigabyte board doesn't have USB 3.0, just SATA 6.0 Gb/s
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 4:00:51 PM

john_antonio said:
i got a ud5 that has usb 3.0 and sata 3, so they're just the same as the asus. here, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can not find where it supports USB 3.0 within the specifications listed by Newegg. It supports USB 1.0 & 2.0 but not 3.0, unless I keep missing it???
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January 7, 2010 4:06:34 PM

it's on the storage. under sata 3gbps, you'll see sata 6gbps...
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 4:10:27 PM

We're saying USB 3.0. It'd be down lower than that.

USB 3.0 doesn't equal SATA 6 GBps.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 4:12:33 PM

tecmo34 said:
I can not find where it supports USB 3.0 within the specifications listed by Newegg. It supports USB 1.0 & 2.0 but not 3.0, unless I keep missing it???

The specs on the Gigabyte site for the GA-X58A-UD5 list both USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 support.

http://www.gigabyte.us/Products/Motherboard/Products_Ov...

"The GIGABYTE X58A series motherboards support the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard NEC uPD720200 host controller."

"Yet another onboard feature of GIGABYTE X58A motherboards are Marvell's new SE9128 chips for high-speed SATA Revision 3.0 compatibility..."
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January 7, 2010 4:18:04 PM

so, what do you guys think?

here's my proposed build/upgrade:

CPU: i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

MOBO: Gigabyte ex58a-ud5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

PSU: Corsair tx950w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139013

GPU: XFX 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

RAM: G. Skill Pi Series (3x2GB) 1600 mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231335

I will be keeping my:
Corsair h50 cooler and my hdd

my questions:

1. Should I wait for 930? I will be ocing to 4.0-4.2 nothing more than that. Can i7 920 d0 easily reach that oc?

2. Should I upgrade to 5850? I really want the fermi but it's still not released, should i upgrade to 5850 then sell it to get the fermi once it comes out?

3. Should I just stick with the ud5 rather than the ud7? *both have usb 3.0 and everything (see link of mobo). Is there much of a difference other than the passive heatsink on the ud7? does it do anything? or I can manage without it? also, is there a big difference between a 12 phase and a 24 phase? ud5 vs ud7.
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January 7, 2010 4:21:48 PM

if playing at 1680x1050, is it worth the 5850 over my current gtx 260 216?
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January 7, 2010 4:27:51 PM

Links don't work.

You don't need a 950W PSU. A much smaller one (like 750W) would be enough for anything you're doing.

That's not a very high resolution. You will be wasting your money on a 5850.

For your questions, see your other thread.
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January 7, 2010 4:54:22 PM

what's a good gpu for me? i'll be selling my gtx 260 for 200, what's a good replacement? is 850w enough?
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 7, 2010 5:19:57 PM

HD 5770. 750W is more than enough for Crossfiring/SLIing current cards.
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