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Mid-Range CPU/MOBO/RAM Upgrade

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February 1, 2010 8:56:37 PM

Hi all, just wanted a few opinions about upgrading. Ive read around the forums and have pretty much settled on the X58 chipset as i am a gamer so may want to go SLI when my wallet allows, whats the general consensus among you guys about X58 vs H/P55? I should say upfront i do play games and the fact im going midrange at the moment is simply because thats all i can afford. I want the best future proof combo when im able to spend more.

Anyway heres what ive picked out, my budget is no more than $650 for a new CPU, MOBO and RAM;

MOBO: Asus P6T - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $230
CPU: Core i7 920 D0 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $290
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -$105

Total: $625

Basically im just looking for recommendations in that price bracket that will sort me out for a few years, any thoughts are welcome, cheers for your help.
February 1, 2010 9:00:37 PM

To future proof your system go for X58... P6T is a GREAT motherboard and GREAT for overclocking too, not to mention the CPU which is the same (good by itself and great for OCing)
I just want to add that you may want to take this GIGABYTE MoBo in consideration:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I belive PCIE slots are better placed and you can have 3-way SLI which you cannot have with the P6T... Both mobos have good things
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February 2, 2010 1:27:07 AM

Also note how youve got a dual channel ram kit, mont youll want a 6GB kit if you go with in x58 platform
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February 2, 2010 9:43:03 AM

p1n3apqlexpr3ss said:
Also note how youve got a dual channel ram kit, mont youll want a 6GB kit if you go with in x58 platform


Thanks for the heads-up on that one
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February 2, 2010 11:45:19 AM

Since you mentioned "mid-range," have you considered an AMD system? That or i7 on LGA1156 should cost less, and still offer Crossfire if you want to run two GPUs in the future.
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