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January 14, 2010 11:48:40 AM

Hi,

A few years ago I built this computer:

Asus P5e Ws Professional Intel X38 chipset
Cpu: Intel Core2Duo 6850 3 GHz (now OC to 3.5 Ghz)
Psu: Ozc StealthXStream 600W.
Ram: Cosair Dominator DDR2 8500/1066mhz 3 Gig
Graphic: Ati Radeon 4770 (sat i senere)
Hd: 1 150Gb Wd VelicoRaptor
1 400Gb Samsung T166 16Mb Cache
1 500Gb Wd Black edition

Cooling: Thermalright Ultima-90+ 1x 120mm Hiper cooler

Now, I would like to build a new computer which must be faster and technologically more up to date.

However, I doubt which cpu and motherboard I shall choose. I have thought about Intel i7 920 and motherboard Asus P6T Deluxe V2.

But will this be much faster than the one I have?

My budget for a CPU, motherboard and Ram is about 800 dollars.


Could you please help me to make a choice ?.

What would be the best choice for a faster computer with my budget, for a motherboard and CPU ?.


Thank you in advance for your help.



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January 14, 2010 11:58:17 AM

What are you doing with the computer?

Any higher-end CPU you buy will be faster and more technologically advanced.

The choices are the Phenom II X4 955 ($165), i5-750 ($200) or the i7-920 ($290). The X4 is a great budget choice, the i5 is excellent for mid to high end gaming and the i7 is great for multi-tasking, CPU intensive uses and high end gaming.

$800 is a huge amount for those parts. You can easily afford the i7, a USB 3/SATA III board and RAM. This would be a very high-end system:

CPU: i7-920 $289
Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $165 (after rebate)

Total: $761

If you were to want a new GPU with that:
i5-750 $200
Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
HD 5850 $300
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January 14, 2010 1:45:29 PM

Thank you very much for your reply MadAdmiral.

I do some photoshop working and some video converting, and surfing and emaling and by the way also some Illustrator drawing.

The motherboard you named, cost 390 $ here in Denmark, and the Intel core i7 about the same. The Mushkin Ram you mention i even can not get here. Can you recommend some Cosair Ram ?

And would it be "high end" with the Asus P6X58D Premium and Intel i7 -920 and some Cosair Ram. Do you think i would feel the difference.

Thank you and best regards !
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January 14, 2010 1:59:05 PM

For you're uses, you should use the i7. It's better for pretty much everything except gaming.

As far as the difference between Mushkin and Corsair RAM, it's mostly price. Over here in the US, Corsair is vastly overpriced. Basically, you should be looking for CAS Latency 7 (timings 7-7-7-x). Speed isn't as important, and usually 1600 mhz is more expensive with higher timings. Brand isn't important at all. The big names are G.Skill (harder to find outside of the US), Mushkin, Corsair, and OCZ. All of these will have about the same quality and offerings.

You might want to consider getting two sets as Photoshop can take up a lot of RAM, but buy whatever you can afford.
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January 14, 2010 2:32:51 PM

Hi BadAdmiral,

I can get 4 Gigs of ram (Im running Windows 7 32 Bit) with the timings you mention for about 150 $, and with the board and the cpu (and cooler) it will be about 780$ and thats ok. And i dont do gamimg at all, so i guess i can keep my Radeon 4770.
Thank you very much for your help, ill go for the i7 920 and the Asus P6X58D Premium you recommended, and then ill buy some ram with 7-7-7-x timings

Thanks again for your great help :-)

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January 14, 2010 2:45:31 PM

One problem with 4 GB of RAM: the i7 uses triple channel, meaning 3 sticks. It will not perform as well if you use 2 (or 4) sticks of RAM. I'd recommend getting a 3x1 GB kit, since you're using a 32-bit OS.

I'd highly recommend you look into getting a 64-bit for what you're doing though...
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January 14, 2010 3:39:12 PM

Ill think about that, i have been thinking about installing a 64 bit system before but lets see, im glad you told me about the 3x1 gig instead of 4 gig ram i dident know that.

Thanks !
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January 14, 2010 3:44:52 PM

FYI, the Mushkin RAM that MadAdmiral recommended only has a rebate available (to get the $165 price) if you purchase it today. Otherwise you'll have to pay the full $190, or find a different kit.
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January 14, 2010 3:51:09 PM

Didn't check the rebate. Good catch.

However, if I recall correctly, this is one of the rolling rebates. I think they always have a rebate on it.

If not, these G.Skill sticks are basically the same and would be $4 cheaper (after shipping) than the full priced Mushkins.
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January 14, 2010 4:19:43 PM

Hi Restatement3dofTed

The rebate dosent matter at all cause ill have to buy my ram in Denmark(where i live) thats why i ask MadAdmiral if Cosair ram was just as good ! and which would be the best choice
But thanks for your reply !


Rergards !
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January 14, 2010 4:43:37 PM

Hi MadAdmiral,

I just see this video about the motherboard, i understand why you recommended it to me , its a brand new card with several new features

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF7Y_QxRXHc

Ill buy this :-)

Thanks for your help !!!
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January 15, 2010 7:37:37 AM

Hi again BadAdmiral
I found some OCZ ram with timings 8-8-8-26. Would they be ok for the motherboard ??

Best regards !
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January 15, 2010 10:17:32 AM

The RAM would work, just the specs aren't as good as others. The timings aren't so much about compatibility as they are about performance.
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January 15, 2010 11:17:38 AM

Team has some great ram at a great price and should be available in most of europe
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January 15, 2010 11:18:27 AM

Those are good ones. Is there a huge price difference in timings 7 and 8?
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January 15, 2010 11:35:27 AM

I could get these Cosair ram timings: 8-8-8-24 77$ cheaper, but ill rather go for the ones you recommended. Yesterday i bought the motherboard and the Cpu, and now ill buy the OCZ Platinum DDR3 7--7-7-24.

A big thank to you MadAdmiral for helping me all the way ;) 
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January 15, 2010 11:36:39 AM

obsidian86 said:
Team has some great ram at a great price and should be available in most of europe


Thanks for your reply, but i have never heard of team ram ?!!
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