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August 20, 2010 4:01:38 PM

Hey guys, its been a while since I used to hang around here, so I cant remember exactly every data you require for helping me in this case, but I'll give it a go.



I currently have a Asus P5Q3 mobo, topped with a 2.8 Q 775 CPU. My thought was to upgrade this system to either AMD or Intel, where I want the latest stuff available. It's mostly up to you professionals to decide wether a AMD or a Intel base would suit me best. Both components are to be overclockable fully, but watercooling compability isn't fully necessary, just a bonus.

I currently also have a stick of 2x2Gb Corsair memories, which I also'd like to upgrade to anything great for OCing although capped by 32bit OS.

I think I might stick along with my previously unequipped GTX260, unless I'm recommended to swap over to ATI(i'm an Intel-guy, and I have a very little knowledge concerning ATIcards). In the future, CrossFireX/SLI, no matter which manufacturer, is to be possible still.

I'm also wondering what amount of Hz a Samsung P2050 could be running at maximum capacity. If not 100, I'm gladly accepting other thought concerning 100hz > CRT > (<3ms) monitors.

I mostly stick with Counter-Strike but I usually test new games and similiar, so great gaming performance is a main priority in this build. I requre as fast connection between the computer and the server as possible, so if necessary, I'd also pick up an external network card.



Thanks alot for every reply, I'm glad there's forums alive like this, cheers mates
August 20, 2010 4:04:11 PM

Since I forgot to post into the mainpost, I post the budget limit here.

I'd pay around 8000SEK for the parts, which is around USD 1100.

Thanks :) 
August 23, 2010 1:56:31 PM

Well, if you're planning to stick with your GPU for the moment, maybe you should SLI that for now, then build a new system in half a year or so when you need (well.. want :p ) to.
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August 23, 2010 4:07:35 PM

If you keep the HDD, the ODD, the case, the monitor & the KB/Mouse, then 1100 USD gives you a virtually brand new state of the art system. That GPU's gotta go if you're into gaming. With that budget, you can definitely afford it.

CPU : $290 Intel Core i7-930

Mobo : $240 ASUS Rampage III Gene

Or the slightly cheaper $210 GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

You can keep your RAM, even though 1366 demands triple channel - $150 CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB)

PSU : $90 Antec TruePower 750

GPU : (optional) - GTX 460/470 depending on your budget.
August 23, 2010 5:05:20 PM

he doesn't need an i7 ^ *rolleyes* an i5 will do, its for gaming

but really I would go with an AMD x4 955 so next time you upgrade you won't have to buy a new motherboard like when bulldozer comes out... this is a good motherboard,

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

Go with a 5850 or 5830 or 5770 depending on budget..

Some ram,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
its 1333 but its C7.. and you can always try to OC them,

Don't go cheap on the PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 23, 2010 5:39:27 PM

Mr Pizza said:
he doesn't need an i7 ^ *rolleyes* an i5 will do, its for gaming
Yes it will, but his budget is $1100 & even with the i7 system + 470, the total cost comes to only under 1000.

@ tju2an

With a 930, you still get to save about $100 or so. Of course, prices outside USA are higher. So your savings might not be high, but it will certainly be within your budget & better than anything out there.

If you want a i5 system however ---

CPU : $210 Intel Core i5-760

Mobo : $150 ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

RAM : $102 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

GPU : $310 GTX 470 (Fermi)

I only gave you the Newegg links for an understanding of the exact specs you need. You don't have to go with these same brands, but try sticking to the well known ones (Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA, Corsair, G.Skill, etc).
August 23, 2010 8:31:51 PM

Many thanks people!

According to the CPU, it does not necessarely have to be i7 if I should stick to Intel, if the i5 are more for gaming, I'd rather pick up one of those. And if you think the AMD CPUs perform more power to please a gamer's needs, I'd rather pick up a AMD CPU instead :) 

I think I'll stick with this set of RAM, since an upgrade not really will be necessary due to the 32bit OS(XP).

And wether the ATI or nVidia builds the better graphic cards, Ill do the same as for CPU and stick for the brand pleasing the gamer most. I barely have any good ways to compare the actual difference between theese, so your words are once again incredibly much worthy to me :) 


Ill pick up the parts in Sweden if I'll pay at no more than a 100 USD difference in the final price for the parts.

If I'd go for the nVidia, a GTX 470 is probably what you'd recommend, and for ATI a 5970 is probably what I'm looking for?

If I am to stick along with Intel, an i5 760 or an i7 930, but if it's AMD it's a Phantom x4 II 955?

And the mobo-jungle is still huge, where I'd rather let you decide after picking either AMD or Intel :) 


And also, what should I pay for a Newtwork card? I could use another one since my curreny uses to take a vacation every hour or so, but where a reboot returns it back. And since I have to get one, I'd rather pick up one which abilities includes lowering my ping ingame :kaola: 

Thanks alot for all replies! :) 
August 24, 2010 6:38:30 AM

Please check out the performance benchmark between the 760 & the 955 - cpubenchmark. The 965 is 5 slots lower than the 760. Even the 965 is 3 slots lower. But you do get to save 'bout 20 dollars if you go with AMD.

The i7 is even more powerful, but also more expensive. So you might as well stick to the 760/955 depending on your budget. The thing is Intel makes much more powerful (if slightly overpriced) processors, though AMD wins the mainstream value-for-money market hands down.

GPU : The 5970 is almost thrice as expensive as a 470, but a lot more powerful. It'll almost be $800 in Europe (I think) & will be totally out of your budget. You wont be needing it anyways unless you wanna play Crysis/ Metro maxed out @ 1080p.

NVidia : Go with the 470 i linked you to, or the GTX 480 (Fermi) 1.5GB

ATI : Radeon HD 5870 1GB

If you choose to go with Intel, prolly the 480 is gonna be your best bet if you go with 1 card, or SLI'ing the 460 if you go with 2.

Network cards cost anywhere between $10 -$100 for high end wireless ones. Get something from D-Link maybe.

August 24, 2010 9:45:23 AM

Thanks for that amazing compare site, I checked up both High-End GPUs and CPUs, and decided that I probably will pick up a 760 and a 480/470, depending on how the price differs from the other one(wasn't really able to see a performance/price report for the GPUs, or I am just blinded by the light :kaola:  )

As for the Mobo, ASUS P7P55D-E Pro is still what you recommend me to pick up? I see you wrote it's a part of the i5 build(which I decided to go for)you recommended earlier, and thanks once again for that reply.

And if we'd imagine I ordered the parts from newegg, what would probably result in the most expensive alternative? Shipping prices is probably pretty expensive since it's across the sea, and even here in Sweden, although the first class mail, they really know how to set high prices for delivering. What would I probably save most $ by doing? Getting them directly from a nearby store or getting them shipped from wherever they ship it from(America?)?
Newegg seem to have comboprices which hopefully is included :) 


Very thankful for your replies!
August 24, 2010 10:33:09 AM

The Asus mobo mentioned is the best for i5 builds, it has USB/SATA III and CF/SLI capability.

Your best bet is to order from a site in Sweden, even with shipping you should still get it cheaper than store bought, and of course you have a wider chioce of items.

I am guessing that your RAM is DDR2, this means you cannot keep it with your new build as the new motherboard is DDR3 so getting 4gb of G SKill 1600mhz CL7 RAM is required.

Also, once you change your motherboard (which you need to do for a new CPU) you will have to reinstall Windows XP on your HDD. Since you are going through the whole reinstallation process anyway, I would highly recommend buying Windows 7 64 bit, it should easily fit in your budget and being able to make use of the full 4gb RAM is very good for gaming and will become more important in years to come.

As you plan on SLIing in future it would be worth going with a 750W PSU, I suggest Corsair as they are very good quality.

Then you are left to choose between GTX460s with intention of SLIing them, or go with the GTX470 and SLI later. If OCing you may even need a more powerful PSU for the GTX470s
August 24, 2010 12:33:58 PM

Thanks for the reply!

I do have a 2x2Gb DDR3 sticks now, and if I can get over a cheap pair of 6gb+, I have a win7 64 bit for applying to the system, what I'm afraid of is that programs won't be compatible anymore.

Also, a, to me, crazy idea was to install an identic PSU to the one I already have in use, since my chassis got space for two, I theoretically should be able to use the second for a second GPU, but wether it's healthy for the system or not, is out of my knowledge :) 

I've found a package including the 760, the P7P55D-E Pro for around 400 USD, which probably will do :) 

I think I should wait with a new GPU, partially since the ATI 6x series as released in not too long time

Just to clear it out, mobo is chosen, CPU is chosen, if I can find great Ramsticks Ill take them, and GPU is checked up later :) 

Thanks for the reply, once again :) 
August 24, 2010 12:40:30 PM

A hint concerning types of RAM sticks would also be very appreciated, e.g DOMINATOR from Corsair, or similiar. Also if a "higher?" latency would be to prefer if the goal is to game quite alot.

Thanks! :) 
August 24, 2010 12:51:31 PM

As far as I know, Newegg doesn't ship abroad. Check out the prices on Swedish websites, as well as local stores and then decide.

32 bit Windows use only about 3.2-3.4 GB of RAM. If you use Win7, you can upgrade to 64 by paying a small fee. In any case, there's a very (in)famous Swedish website from where you can get it for free :kaola: 

If you never wanna SLI, this is a cheaper option - ASUS P7P55D-E LX - no SLI though.

IMO The most full featured 1156 board under $100 - ASRock H55M Pro

Asteldian's right. You'll need DDR3 RAM. That's why I linked you to the 1600 Mhz CL7 kit. Stick to those specs. As long as you pick a fairly reputable company, brands are not important. Specs are. G.Skill, Corsair, Kingston, OCZ - Whatever's available at a fair price in your country.
August 24, 2010 12:58:20 PM

Lower the latency, better it is. CL7 is better than CL8, which in turn is better than CL9.

Normally, Ripjaws from G.Skill & XMS/Dominator from Corsair, are the ones to go with. Even though the Dominators are a bit overpriced, they OC better & has huge heat spreaders. You only get 'em if you wanna OC 'em.
August 24, 2010 1:25:09 PM

Thanks for both replies!

I can afford the P7P and I will probably try out SLI as that day'll come, and as far as I've understodd concerning the specs between the ASRock and the P7P, the P7P conquer the ASRock mobo enough to consider the more expensive.

I am currently using XP Pro, although I might consider a change to either Win7 32bit or 64(which I prefer if programs still are compatible).

Ill try to find a CL7 pair marked XMS, since OC'ing isnt most important if the sticks can work at that frequensy and amount of memory anyway



Thanks for replies once again :) 
August 24, 2010 2:51:09 PM

Most programs that work in XP will work in Win7, the main exceptions being things like anti-virus programs. If you're really concerned about compatibility you could dual-boot XP and 7.
August 24, 2010 8:05:54 PM

As I get the P7P55D and the 760 tomorrow, is it worth to pick up a Gigabyte 460/Asus 470 to SLI up with my current 260? Or aisn't this duo SLIable together?
My point is that with 2 GPUs, why let one of them just hang loose without using it, as it could increase the graphics memory a somewhat.

Thanks for any infos :) 
August 25, 2010 6:17:06 AM

SLI only works between the same type of card, so you can't use the other one if you get a new one. You could sell it to help buy a new one. Also, when using SLI, the memory isn't increased, you're just splitting the workload between 2 cards.
August 25, 2010 10:16:13 AM

As Mark said - You can mix and match graphics card manufacturers, memory clocks and GPU core clocks - as long as the GPUs are the same.

What it means is that a GTS 260 1GB has to go with a GTS 260 1GB & a 460 Fermi 768MB will only go with a 460 Fermi 768MB.
August 25, 2010 1:07:32 PM

Thanks for that info, I didnt really have a clue that the SLI worked that way, but its definately worth to keep in mind.

However, I picked up my P7P and the 760 earlier today, but before I start installing theese components, I'd like a last sign for telling if theese parts are the ones Im looking for, or if I should change them to other parts. I havn't bought neither the GPU nor the Ram sticks, but as for the GPU, I'd be pleased about any info if I should pick any specific manufacterer for the 470, or if they all are equipped with identic parts with no difference at all concerning OC abilities etc.

And the RAM sticks, as I've understood so far, the CLX, is where X is the number in the latency X-X-X-24 for example. If my theory is correct, 9-9-9-24 is CL9, and 8-8-8-20 is CL8. Since I am looking for a low Latency as possible, is CL7 a limit to aim below or hit? Found a pair of Dominator XMS3, with 4gb memory and CL8, however I have no idea if it's what I'm looking for :) 

Since I have to hit the store tomorrow anyway, should I purchase another PSU for this system too? I have a PSU created by Tagan, which is at 800W. I am not so sure about the Ampere and Voltages able, but the modelnumber is TG800-U33.

I can still afford a 470, the mentioned RAM sticks and a 1150W(or less, ofcourse) PSU :) 


Many thanks for all inputs! Peace
August 25, 2010 5:18:19 PM

tju2an said:
...but as for the GPU, I'd be pleased about any info if I should pick any specific manufacterer for the 470, or if they all are equipped with identic parts with no difference at all concerning OC abilities etc.
Are you talking about overclocking your video card, or CPU? CPU OC'ing has nothing to do with the GPU.

BTW, if you're looking for suggestions on brands, I normally go with Sapphire for ATI & EVGA for Nvidia. But you can't really go wrong with MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, XFX, etc.

tju2an said:
And the RAM sticks, as I've understood so far, the CLX, is where X is the number in the latency X-X-X-24 for example. If my theory is correct, 9-9-9-24 is CL9, and 8-8-8-20 is CL8. Since I am looking for a low Latency as possible, is CL7 a limit to aim below or hit? Found a pair of Dominator XMS3, with 4gb memory and CL8, however I have no idea if it's what I'm looking for :) 
Only the first "x" signifies the Cas Latency timing - tCL. The next three are - tRCD timing, tRP timing & tRAS timing. The timings are not identical. You can have 7-8-7-24, or 6-8-6-20, etc.

You can check this out if you wanna know more about RAM timings - techpowerup.com

BTW, go with these if you can - G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

tju2an said:
Since I have to hit the store tomorrow anyway, should I purchase another PSU for this system too? I have a PSU created by Tagan, which is at 800W. I am not so sure about the Ampere and Voltages able, but the modelnumber is TG800-U33. I can still afford a 470, the mentioned RAM sticks and a 1150W(or less, ofcourse) PSU :) 
You do not need any more power. You have plenty as it is. It's an older model and you'll do well to ask the store-owner/salesguy as to whether you'll be needing any connectors for the GTX 4xx. I think you might need a molex to PCIe adapter for 4 dollars or so. (not sure, though)
August 25, 2010 7:35:24 PM

calguyhunk said:
Are you talking about overclocking your video card, or CPU? CPU OC'ing has nothing to do with the GPU.

BTW, if you're looking for suggestions on brands, I normally go with Sapphire for ATI & EVGA for Nvidia. But you can't really go wrong with MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, XFX, etc.

Only the first "x" signifies the Cas Latency timing - tCL. The next three are - tRCD timing, tRP timing & tRAS timing. The timings are not identical. You can have 7-8-7-24, or 6-8-6-20, etc.

You can check this out if you wanna know more about RAM timings - techpowerup.com

BTW, go with these if you can - G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

You do not need any more power. You have plenty as it is. It's an older model and you'll do well to ask the store-owner/salesguy as to whether you'll be needing any connectors for the GTX 4xx. I think you might need a molex to PCIe adapter for 4 dollars or so. (not sure, though)


1. I'll pick up the Asus/Sparkle/Gigabye/Sapphire 470/480 as soon as it's in stock at the store. As I've understood so far, they are are clockable and there's barely anything that matters concerning the setup between the manufacterers.

2. I see, learned alot from this site, many thanks. I'll try to find a pair of that memory, and Since I got some cash left over, I'll get 4sticks ,2setsx2eachx2Gb=8Gb if possible aswell. Ang the timing seemd to be nice assuming the points you've told me are correct :) 

3. This one is able to support my current 260 with enough power and cables, and according to this difference between 260,470 and 480 , I just think the 480 needs a different type. Although, worth to keep in mind, as I plugged my powercables to the Graphiccard, both connectors have a 2pin external cable sticking out just an inch before the 6pin-end.


Also, while discussing theese parts, is it a good idea to pick up a Solid State Drive to run the OS and just Counter-Strike on? It seems like it's more reliable and works at a higher speed, which to me is the most important among software, to be run at a great speed. If this ain't recommended, I planned getting a Spinopoint F3 1TB.


Many thanks for your patience and knowledge :) 
August 25, 2010 8:20:54 PM

I also found this set available here, which I can afford to pick up if recommended
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . They are, if $1=7SEK, just about $30 more expensive than newegg here in Sweden. That's about $80 more than the G.SKILL ECO Series 2x2 you told me to go with, but wether theese are either better or worse, is probably up to you. However, it's not XMS nor a set of DOMINATORS, but the reviews I've read tells that they are good, and I had personally troubles finding better ones within that price range.

Once again, thanks alot! :) 
August 25, 2010 8:31:51 PM

calguyhunk said:
Please check out the performance benchmark between the 760 & the 955 - cpubenchmark. The 965 is 5 slots lower than the 760. Even the 965 is 3 slots lower. But you do get to save 'bout 20 dollars if you go with AMD.


Not to be a jerk, but that graph is pretty much useless. So the i5-760 is 319 better than the Phenom II X4 965? 319 what? What does that number mean?

Here's a somewhat more realistic comparison of benchmarks. Phenom II X4 955 vs. i5-750. Change to 965 if you like, but the 760 isn't in the benchmarks yet, unfortunately.

With the caveat that at most normal resolutions, GPU matters much more than CPU -- for most games, the 955 performs pretty similarly to the i5-750. Far Cry 2 is one of the exceptions, it really seems to be unhappy with something about AMD. For most other apps, the i5 performs somewhat better, but perhaps not $50-60 better.

All of that being said, AMD vs. Intel should probably be decided on other factors, like SLI vs. CrossFire, or other features provided by the various chipsets. Or price, of course.
August 25, 2010 9:07:35 PM

Thanks for that reply, coldsleep!

The 319 is probably the result from that site's benchmarking and recieved the result 965 + 319(I can't really remember what scores they had).

I think I'll stick to the 760 and the P7P55D-E Pro as long as I am not recommended anything else. I just have to pick a GPU(which I've decided already) And a set of RAM sticks. Thanks alot for your meaning info although! :) 
August 25, 2010 9:54:14 PM

So if I recommend an AMD Phenom II X4 955 and an ASRock 890FX Deluxe3 (full 16x/16x Crossfire, not that it's a huge performance difference) motherboard for under $310 total, you'd change to that? :)  Or you could consider this MSI motherboard, which has the same features as the Asus P7P55D-E Pro.

My point was that the i5-760 being 319 better than the AMD X4 means nothing in isolation. It's probably not 319%. It might be 3%, or 5%, or 10%, but synthetic benchmarks aren't very useful in determining which processor is better than another, except in a very limited fashion. The link I provided above has more real-world numbers. Seconds, fps, etc. The i5-760 is certainly better than the AMD chip at some applications, including some games. In many games, however, there is no difference.

To answer your question about the SSD, it will make the OS faster, but it won't impact your gaming performance at all, aside from faster level or game save load times. If you are close to your max budget already, it's probably not worth buying at this time. You would be better served upgrading your graphics or some other component first.
August 26, 2010 5:24:51 AM

@coldsleep

I'm not getting into an AMD vs Intel debate here. One is better value, the other one is just better. Period. Which one is which - I think we both know the answer to that.

@tju2an

The Ram you linked is 6GB (3 X 2) Dominators. You won't need 'em if it's for gaming. Gaming doesn't need any more than 4 GB anyways. Also you need dual channel memory, not triple channel. Go with 2 X 2GB DDR3 1600 Mhz, (Preferably CL7).
August 26, 2010 5:29:20 AM

coldsleep said:
My point was that the i5-760 being 319 better than the AMD X4 means nothing in isolation. It's probably not 319%. It might be 3%, or 5%, or 10%, but synthetic benchmarks aren't very useful in determining which processor is better than another, except in a very limited fashion. The link I provided above has more real-world numbers. Seconds, fps, etc. The i5-760 is certainly better than the AMD chip at some applications, including some games. In many games, however, there is no difference.
anandtech.com - Real-world enough for you? And this is only the 750, not even the 760.

EDIT : Scroll down to the bottom & look @ the gaming banchmarks. Not just Far Cry as you mentioned, but Crysis, Fallout, not to mention every single non-gaming application. And again, this is only the 750, not the 760.
August 26, 2010 6:14:51 AM

For purely gaming the difference in most games is negligible and the cost between an i5 750/760 + Asus P7P55D-E PRO and a 955 and equivalent motherboard is enough to buy better graphics with a 955, thus increasing gaming performance if that's what you're worried about.
August 26, 2010 7:17:59 AM

Mark Heath said:
For purely gaming the difference in most games is negligible and the cost between an i5 750/760 + Asus P7P55D-E PRO and a 955 and equivalent motherboard is enough to buy better graphics with a 955, thus increasing gaming performance if that's what you're worried about.
I agree with you. For purely gaming, the difference is prolly not a helluva lot. But overall, if I can afford it, I'll much rather have the better benchmarked one.

In any case, if you want to drop down on the mobo price, don't go witha full featured mobo. A cheap one like ASRock H55M Pro or the BIOSTAR TH55B HD will also do. But your faster 1600 Mhz RAM will be downgraded without OC'ing. Also, no SLI. ASRock H55DE3 - with SLI.

The thing is, with SATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0, 16/16 SLI, etc, you just have better features/options for future upgradeability, not to mention that one OC's better than most, barring the Giga P55's which are also in the same sorta price range.
August 26, 2010 3:03:41 PM

calguyhunk said:
anandtech.com - Real-world enough for you? And this is only the 750, not even the 760.

EDIT : Scroll down to the bottom & look @ the gaming banchmarks. Not just Far Cry as you mentioned, but Crysis, Fallout, not to mention every single non-gaming application. And again, this is only the 750, not the 760.


That was my original link. In my first post. In other applications, yes, the i5-750/760 are typically better. In gaming, not so much. If you have a better link that I didn't link in the first place, I'd like to see it. Looking at the benchmarks for specific games the OP is interested in might be helpful too, of course.

My point is, as markheath mentioned, and as stated in my original post...the differences on that link are negligible. Both at 86 fps in Fallout 3. 130 vs. 121 fps in Left 4 Dead, both of which are more than double the human capacity to distinguish the difference (60 fps). Crysis Warhead 83 fps vs. 81 fps. Again, almost exactly the same.

I'm perfectly happy to state that the i5-750/760 are a) bettter in other apps, possibly due to turbo boost, b) better at some games. Of course, GPU is generally much more important than what processor you're running.

The i5 is not always the better choice (for gaming). The Phenom II X4 isn't always the better choice (for gaming). If a better GPU can be purchased with the difference in price, it's frequently worthwhile to go with (or at least consider) the AMD option. Unless the only game the OP plays is Far Cry 2, or something similar.
August 26, 2010 4:00:45 PM

Hey, and thanks for theese advices!

I'm a little confused concerning Coldsleep's input. Am I to swap out my current P7P55D-E Pro to another mobo, or am I to completely swap into AMD, due to some more value for your money. Since I got this mobo and this CPU already, I'd prefer to keep it unless I should pick up something completely different. I can afford to pick up a 480 even, but along with theese benchmark reviews I've checked up so far, there's not that extremely high difference between the 470 which I'm able to pick up tomorrow immediatly, under the label Zotac or Asus.

I also picked up following items, mostly to maintain a cool and stable system even during OCing

Samsung Spinpoint F3 - 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - RAM sticks with 8-8-8-24

I decided to pick up a cheaper HDD and await SSD SATA III drives
That CPU Cooler kept a cool temperature according to what the salesguy told me, and I decided to give it a shot.
I'm also able to swap out the RAM sticks, today I just took the chance to stick with a pair I hoped will do. Other sticks will be able for purchase in next week, since there's almost no CL7 sticks in stock at any store now(believe me, I've checked quite alot). Maybe I should keep my current 2x2Gb 9-9-9-24 duo while awaiting a CL7 set.

If there's not too much trouble, you could use either www.inet.se or www.webhallen.com to search for items you'd recommend. However both sites have a main language in Swedish, they both have modelnumbers and specifications in english, and using the searchbar on the sites makes it pretty easy to find what you are looking for, no matter what language are displayed in the background. Keep in mind that I'll gladly do the searching if you mention newegg links, but some brands are still not available here, G.SKILL for example.

Many thanks guys, you've helped me alot!
August 26, 2010 4:10:59 PM

tju2an said:
Hey, and thanks for theese advices!

I'm a little confused concerning Coldsleep's input. Am I to swap out my current P7P55D-E Pro to another mobo, or am I to completely swap into AMD, due to some more value for your money. Since I got this mobo and this CPU already, I'd prefer to keep it unless I should pick up something completely different.


Sorry, I completely missed that you had already purchased the mobo & CPU. I apologize for dragging the AMD vs. Intel thing out. If you already have the parts, there's no reason to return them. The i5 is an excellent processor, I just find it strange that sometimes it gets automatically recommended (seemingly) without any consideration of the alternatives.

The difference between the 470 and the 480 does not justify the cost difference, especially on 1 monitor. Go with the 470.

Sticking with a traditional hard drive for now is probably the best choice for your budget.

If you already have a CL9 set of RAM, don't bother switching to CL7. The difference is, at most, 1-2%.
August 26, 2010 5:30:37 PM

Hey, and thanks for your reply!

It seems like I have bought what you have recommended me to purchase, so I am happy in my investing :) 

The AMD vs. Intel was partially why I posted this, since I at a start asked wether I should go for an AMD or an Intel build, but after many benchmarkreviews, I hope we've reached a good choice for this build.

I'll pick up a 470 tomorrow and I'll install the items and a fresh Win7 64bit OS.

I can still afford a SSD with this budget, but since SATA III SSD hopefully will be released soon, I'll stick along with this Spinpoint until I have picked up the flashdisk.

tCL seem to be 8, according to a site linked earlier in this thread. And since there's just a 1-2% difference between CL7 and CL9, a CL8 system cannot be that bad compared to the CL7 anyway.


Just as a final question, I'd like to ask if this build(including a 470) WILL be overclockable a bit(not extremeclocking). I'm interested in learning how to clock and similiar, and afaik, this build will allow some overclocking, and my HAF932, 800W PSU and new CPU cooler will probably assist with enough resources to run a little more clockings :) 

Many thanks, and this thread may be locked if you seem it's finished :) 
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