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$800 LGA1366 I7 Upgrade

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January 14, 2010 3:30:14 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
mid/end February (whenever i7 930 is released)

BUDGET RANGE:
roughly $800 usd after rebates, cheaper is good, but not wanting to sacrifice too much performance in order to do so

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
gaming, SolidWorks, overclocking, MATLAB/Simulink, multitasking, image rendering, LabView, video encoding, general multi-media/internet usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything but CPU, MoBo, and RAM. Using Thermaltake Toughpower 850W psu, Xigmatek Dark Knight cpu cooler, GTX 295, HAF 922 case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
www.Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
US

PARTS PREFERENCES:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128422 GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226030 Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Intel i7 930 when released
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145253 CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (CAS 7)
-or- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224 (CAS 8)

OVERCLOCKING:
Yes, as high as possible based on temps

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
1680x1050 (primary) and 1280x1024 (secondary)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Trying to get a more future-proof build than what I'm running now (phenom 9950, 4gb DDR2), the heat production and limited OC potential has been nothing but disappointing. Looking for feedback on MoBo and RAM selections, how's the stability/OC ability of the Mushkin RAM, or should I just go with some Corsair Dominator 1600 CAS7/8? Waiting until i7 930 is released to see how it compares to the 920 currently for OC, and whether its 32 or 45nm.

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January 14, 2010 3:40:45 PM

Any reason for the Asus over the Gigabyte? Both have USB 3.0 and SATA III and there's a 40$ difference.
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January 14, 2010 3:46:46 PM

I just misread it. Thought it was the EX58.
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January 14, 2010 8:57:04 PM

Yea, they both seem pretty similar. I'll probably just ending up getting the one that's cheaper at the time of purchase. As for the ram, I'm trying to stay with low latencies, and I've also seen some reviews of people getting the Mushkin set to run at something like 6-6-6-18 @ 1600 or 7-8-7-20 @ 1800. The stock timings on these are almost dead on the set of Dominator that costs $45 more.
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January 15, 2010 10:12:17 AM

I would definitely not buy Corsair sticks. They're extremely overpriced. G.Skill also makes several great sets that are about the same price as Mushkins, depending on the rebates being offered.
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March 2, 2010 2:39:47 AM

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