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March 21, 2010 6:00:31 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week or next week BUDGET RANGE: 650 Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, some video editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: The plan is to upgrade my mobo and cpu/ram. I have a 650w PSU

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: I think Im gonna go intel on this one.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I want to, my other 4870 died not to long ago and Im running on one, but its on my plans.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I keep getting back and forth about it, I really had a setup planned. But I just want an extra opinion.

Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I want to go 1366 for future upgrades, and while I hear that might be alot for gaming right now, its not like there won't be games that would need that in time.

also My mobo is dying, so I need to do it soon.
Thanks for any help!
March 21, 2010 6:26:21 PM

Consider getting a better mobo. Asus and Gigabyte mobos have the best reputation.

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For good Asus mobos, check the link below (Asus mobos $200 - $300)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...$200%20-%20$300

Or else everything looks fine. For gaming you only need 4 gb RAM but since you edit videos 6 gb is justified.
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March 21, 2010 7:19:46 PM

Emin said:
Consider getting a better mobo. Asus and Gigabyte mobos have the best reputation.

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For good Asus mobos, check the link below (Asus mobos $200 - $300)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...$200%20-%20$300

Or else everything looks fine. For gaming you only need 4 gb RAM but since you edit videos 6 gb is justified.


amazes me how ill informed people can be

Asrock is a subsidiary of Asustek ,they may not be the greatest but asrock make good budget boards most of the time

the intel socket 1366 also known as X58 works optimally with 3 sticks of ram due to the triple channel memory controller built into the cpu's

6 gigs is perfect for the average user

only thing i could recommend is maybe look into a newer board that supports usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s ,it should trickle down to the budget boards in time if you can hold out a while
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March 21, 2010 7:39:10 PM

obsidian86 said:
amazes me how ill informed people can be

Asrock is a subsidiary of Asustek ,they may not be the greatest but asrock make good budget boards most of the time

the intel socket 1366 also known as X58 works optimally with 3 sticks of ram due to the triple channel memory controller built into the cpu's

6 gigs is perfect for the average user

only thing i could recommend is maybe look into a newer board that supports usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s ,it should trickle down to the budget boards in time if you can hold out a while


Well Asrock is budget, it's good but you can find better if you can pay more which was my point. If there is a strict budget, Asrock will do. Laser2150 seems to be a heavier user that's why I recommended a more expensive mobo

As for the RAM, 4 gb is average from what I've heard but ok... 6 gb is normal for gaming and video-editing but if money is needed 4 gb works
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March 21, 2010 9:29:29 PM

are there any huge advantages from getting USB 3.0.

I also have a veloiraptor, would that gain any benefit from sata 6? or would that not even plug in to it?
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March 22, 2010 8:35:27 AM

I could really use some more advice... :\
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March 22, 2010 6:15:57 PM

Please? I just wanna be sure what im doing would not be a bad choice.
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March 22, 2010 6:33:38 PM

getting a mobo with usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s is a move that looks to the future, it won't immediately affect performance.

edit:
also ignore emin's nonsense about asrock, and especially his ram ideas, which are illogical at best.
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