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Upgrading my system (Mobo, CPU, & RAM)

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May 25, 2010 12:45:11 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 200-300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Win 7), GPU (4870x2), Power Supply (Tough Power 750), DVD Burner (Plextor 24x), HD (Raptor 160gig), Case (Antec 900).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or Tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:

CPU - I am stuck between which CPU to get out of these three (I can get them all for the same price):
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor I7-920
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9650
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9550S

Mobo - I do not care about brand

Ram - I do not care about brand

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe

No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe

No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

1680X1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My price range is 200-300 for the mobo and ram, I am not including the processor in that range but I would like recommendations on which one to get. Thanks a lot guys!

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May 25, 2010 1:06:02 AM

1. Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920

2. GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$465.00> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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Memory its up to you just make sure its going to run in Triple Channel and its DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800.

Well I hope this helps with the CPU and Motherboard.
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May 25, 2010 2:56:23 AM

Thank you for the reply... I will plan on getting that mobo but wont need the combo deal because I can get the CPU though a buddy of mine who works for intel. I know you said any ram but any suggestions? I think 4gig would be good enough right?
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May 25, 2010 8:51:10 AM

Okay well I think start from scratch now k. Heres what you want with your i7:

1. OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV6GK

2. GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I found these's in a COMBO DEAL:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total:

$368.00 which is a great deal!

I gave you 6GB's of OCZ and a nice i7 board!
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May 25, 2010 8:52:55 AM

Ha, I just noticed that I found the same board for you that was in my last COMBO. Well I hope that will work for you.
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May 25, 2010 10:31:24 AM

If you are going with an i7 you need 6gb RAM really as it is Tripple Channel.

It is too bad your friend cannot get you an i5 750 as it is perfect for gaming and would also mean you get a cheaper mobo and cheaper RAM and only 4gb required.
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May 25, 2010 12:43:27 PM

Perhaps I should have changed the word 'really' to 'ideally' to have been more clear. It is best to run the Triple Channel RAM with 6gb
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May 25, 2010 8:13:39 PM

papasmurf12345 you can just look at the Bundle I posted on 05-25-2010 at 04:51:10 AM and don't worry about Dual channel or Triple channel because I already found you a great BUNDLE for your PC. I found you a Gigabyte board and 6GB's in Triple channel.
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May 26, 2010 6:06:32 PM

Thanks guys for all of your answers!

BTW - I can get the Core I5-750 as well...for $60 more though I can get the I-7. Would I be better off going with the I5???
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May 27, 2010 8:39:53 AM

It is not just the price of the processor that is cheaper, it is also the Motherboard and the RAM

If you go with an i5 750 that board is fine as long as you do not want to XFire or SLI. If you do, a good board though pricey is:

Asus P7P55D-E PRO - $189.99 (6gb/s, 3.0 USB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

then the RAM
G Skill 4GB 2x2GB RAM - $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $309.98
If you go with the cheaper mobo at $119.99 then your total is: $239.98
I personally don't XFire as I just like to have a powerful single card, so I would likely have the cheaper myself, but many like XFire option.

Either way you should still have saved some money on the processor too so more money for when you get a GPU
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May 27, 2010 5:09:02 PM

I think I will go with the bored I selected as I am not big on crossfire/SLI...that and saving the extra money is always nice over the i-7 if there is not that big of a difference.



Thank you all for the help!
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