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Upgrading the 775 System (TOTAL Upgrade Budget 800)

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September 4, 2010 3:20:37 PM

Okay I closed my last thread I got the info I needed the CPU's I was looking at are not a big upgrade so I am going to rattle off what I have and see what are on-board experts can do to improve it with a 800 Budget, my main reason to switch was to get the new USb3 and Sata 6.0g but I guess it isn't worth it yet.

(Current System)
MSI X48 PLATINUM Intel C2Q Socket 775 ( I also have a factory Reburb XFX N780-ISH9) (I wasn't a fan of the i680's raid function of my Asus SE which is why I switched to the X48
Old beatup Q6600 G0 OC'ed (Small water system)
4 GB ram
4 1tb SSSP F1 drives
Thermaltake ToughPower 750
GTX 8800 (in need of new cooling fan IMHO)
Win 7 64Bit
EQ2 and SC are all I play till Diablo III comes out.
Light Video editing/DVD authoring


Possible Upgrade parts

CPU
(QX6700 $200 Fleabay) not much of an upgrade I know)

(Memory)
Its in my budget to bump to 8gb

(Video card upgrades)
If I stick with the MSI I have to go crossfire
Dual 5770 or Dual 5830's ?

If I go to the XFX I have more options I can pick up two more 8800GTX's for TRI-SLI or I can get dual 470's


Monitor I want a 2ms GTG 22" or larger I have seen a 23 ASUS 2ms GTG on shell shocker for under 170

I Have to purchase 1 New Drive I never built a new system on an old drive




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September 4, 2010 3:31:06 PM

Almost forgot all the parts are nearly 3 years old which was one more reason to think about replacing them.
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September 4, 2010 3:45:34 PM

i would go dual gtx 460s or 1 gtx 480, i prefer 1 powerful gpu though as there is a better upgrade path, but the gtx 460s are awesome, i would go for a samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hdd
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September 4, 2010 4:03:15 PM

What are you running your CPU at? It's still very powerful in games at 3.0+.

IMO it just looks like you need an SSD+New GPU. What does your PSU look like?

Is this going to be used exclusively for gaming? Don't put much worth in response times.
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September 4, 2010 4:10:14 PM

3.2Ghz but I have had it much higher just never bothered to tweek all the stuff and test it I picked a OC that was stable and keep it, I have a Thermaltake Tough Power 750 nope its a gamming/Video editing/ PVR we record a lot of shows and watch them on the HD TV on weekends
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September 4, 2010 7:05:34 PM

You may see a small (sub 20%) benefit from an i5 in video editing.

At 3.2 I would hold off purchasing unless you really feel you need it. An SSD would help immensely for editing.

IMO for video editing you should get an IPS monitor.
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September 4, 2010 10:53:31 PM

So my Q6600 is okay which MB would you use of the two I have? I would think the XFX would would be better for dual 460/470's and its cheaper to put 8Gb of ram into that board. I think its ever eaiser to OC that board, I could grab a Cooler Master V10 Pet cooler maybe get 4GHZ out of my 6600 what do you think?
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September 5, 2010 1:38:44 AM

in all seriousness buy a ocz vertex 2 60GB SSD $139
2 x Gtx 460 1GB each $239
use the 8800 for physhics

and if you want upgrade with another 4GB of Ram
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September 5, 2010 7:03:14 AM

the coolermaster v10 is overpriced for its performance, these are some nice coolers, thermalright silver arrow, noctua NH-D14, thermaltake frio, megahalems and so on
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September 5, 2010 3:21:48 PM

I have a small water system, figured the V10 with it's TEC would be better for Oc'ing


I guess that is why I ask questions because I don't know everything.
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