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Should I buy freinds I7-940, new mobo, ram, Or Keep my 955 x4 system?

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March 25, 2010 12:13:37 PM

Hi all,
I want pose 2 questions

First:
My freind wants to upgrade to a 980x 6 core chip and sell me his I7-940 chip. I posted before to get a feel of the value of the 940 chip and for the $300 he is asking for it appears a decent deal.
Should I buy a new mobo and ram for this chip, use my Haf 922, 750 wt power sup, hd, 5850, 22 inch monitor, etc, and use it as my primary system,
OR Keep my 955 x4 system?

Or keep both? Or sell the 955 system with a lian li case, 600 wt power sup, 8800gts 640 vid card, ?

I would rather not incur the costs for the new chip/system, but It could be nice to have a powerfull spare system.

Second: If I do buy the CHip and ram, whitch of the two boards below would be the better choice??

So I have been Eyeing some new 1366 X58 boards http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... "asus"
and a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

both feture usb 3 and sata 3

I need some logical help to decide please, but dont want to pass up a good deal either :( 
Thanks for your input!

March 25, 2010 1:40:24 PM

so what do u all think, is it dumb to buy an I7 setup when I have a 955 x4 already? Should I save the cash or?
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March 25, 2010 2:18:29 PM

if its just a gaming pc leave the 940 you would be better served by buying a new graphics card
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March 25, 2010 3:12:52 PM

I do some encoding, but gaming mostly, I have a 5850 currently for my video card
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March 25, 2010 3:20:30 PM

Only buy, if you can sell your X4 955 system to cover your expenses on going with the i7 940 build. Otherwise, it isn't worth the price / upgrade to the i7 940 for with your current system... IMO
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March 25, 2010 3:49:28 PM

The figures Im thinking of, I should be able to sell my 955 system for a lil above the I7 940 sys costs. SInce I already have most parts for the other system I would only need to buy another HD for my primary system, probly a black edition drive. And I can put the 640 drive in the 955 to sell. Shrug
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March 25, 2010 4:31:26 PM

The ASUS board has better USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s support and is the better overall board. The Gigabyte board is good, specially if on a tighter budget.
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March 25, 2010 4:38:16 PM

they both have usb 3 and sata 3 but your saying the Asus is a better overall board. Gotcha,
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March 25, 2010 4:53:48 PM

jayman1821 said:
they both have usb 3 and sata 3 but your saying the Asus is a better overall board. Gotcha,
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On some of the Gigabyte boards with USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0, they will down clock to USB 2.0 and SATA II when running cards in Crossfire/SLI, which isn't the case with ASUS.
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March 25, 2010 5:04:46 PM

Be sure to factor in the cost of a new OS if your current computer has an OEM copy of Windows.
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March 25, 2010 5:27:20 PM

oye costs are rising. I bought a windows 7 64 bit retail box upgrade witch should be transferable...
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April 1, 2010 12:21:40 AM

Best answer selected by jayman1821.
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