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Decision Question again, advice needed!

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August 26, 2010 1:01:53 PM

hey everyone,

first time i'm in the motherboard forum section, I'm always spending my time in the Graphics and Display section, please to meet you all!!

my specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.3 Ghz
Penryn1600 Sli -110db Mobo
600W PSU
2 Gb DDR2 RAM @ 667Mhz
Inno 3D GTX 260 Overclock

I'm interested in buying a new motherboard that can support DDR3 Ram @ at least 1333Mhz (8 Gb Min), that can also take my chipset (E8500),
and a new GTX 460

the reason for the upgrade is that i want to overclock my CPU a bit further without putting any harm to my RAM, to promote better communication between CPU and GPU

preferably a MOBO that can support Sli for further upgrading!!

please refer me to websites: example Newegg or any other websites!

hugely appreciated!!


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a c 436 V Motherboard
August 26, 2010 4:34:26 PM

Newegg had an evga 790i model, but it's already deactivated, and I didn't find it on pricewatch either. You might find it on ebay. If I were you, I would sell off your old stuff at anandtech or craigslist and upgrade to the i5 750 with a p55 chipset motherboard. Newegg has an evga model for only $75 after rebate: EVGA P55v 120 LF E651 TR LGA
a c 137 V Motherboard
August 26, 2010 4:51:00 PM

I agree with o1die, 790i motherboards are hard to find, since you are upgrading your RAM and motherboard,then get a new CPU too.
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a b V Motherboard
August 26, 2010 4:51:43 PM

There's no use in buying another 775 mobo just for the OC. If there's any bottleneck in there it's in games that run better on quads so even a big OC won't help you much. Add some RAM, you have a good system, next year or so you can upgrade.

A GTX 460 is faster but not that much faster than a GTX 260 OC. You may consider a HD 5850 or something.
August 27, 2010 6:27:42 AM

guys thanks for all your help and advice, the thing is, equipment is so expensive here in south africa! the i5 750 is around R1650 (+/- $226), but all in all, i'll have to upgrade!!

i'll save up a bit more and buy the i7 chip, before i buy a new gfx card, my card is still running perfectly, and i'm running everything on high settings at 1680 x 1050, (22")

thanks guys, much appreciated!!

a c 137 V Motherboard
August 27, 2010 6:42:24 AM

Well your rig looks fine for playing games at 1680x1050, so if you can't upgrade to i7 now,then add 4GB RAM especially if you have a 64bit OS.
There are many games/apps which benefit from more than 4GB.
a b V Motherboard
August 27, 2010 12:39:38 PM

The i5 750/760 is good, no need for the i7. Also the Phenom II X4 is very good for games and whatnot and it's cheaper.