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September 11, 2010 8:07:30 PM

Hey guy

I'm looking into upgrading my computer and have about $600 to spend on these upgrades. Im looking into upgrading the
CPU / RAM / Motherboard and thats give or take $200 for each component. Whats the best bang for the buck for $200 for each component.

Im currently running this...

E6600 Core2Duo
Corsair 2GB CM- 6400
ASUS Striker Extreme
XFX Raedon HD 5850
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W
Also using a Corsair H50 for cooling
Coolermaster HAF 932 Full

I looked at these but let me what you think and If I can do better or what your would by in general.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I heard the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R was a good choice for a Mobo for around $200 too.

Please let me know what CPU / RAM / Motherboard I should get so I get the most for my money, Thank you.


Thanks again,
DamianJP








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a b B Homebuilt system
September 11, 2010 8:57:35 PM

Damianjp said:

I looked at these but let me what you think and If I can do better or what your would by in general.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I heard the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R was a good choice for a Mobo for around $200 too.


2 things first:

The i7-860 and P55 motherboard use dual channel memory, not triple channel memory. You would want a kit with just 2 sticks of memory. That motherboard is good, but the second PCI-E slot only runs at 4X; if you want to add a second HD 5850 in crossfire later, you want a motherboard with a 16x/16x PCI-E mode or at least an 8x/8x mode.

The second X58 motherboard is LGA1366 and not compatible for the processor in the first combo. It does use triple channel memory. It is a good choice, though.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 11, 2010 9:11:33 PM

Here are a couple options for around $600:

i7-930
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$463

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


G.Skill DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5v
$135

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


Total: $598 (including shipping)


i7-950
$300

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


GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
6GB DDR3 1600 CL7 1.65v
$322 after a $30 rebate

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


Total: $622 (including shipping) after a $30 rebate
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September 11, 2010 9:48:36 PM

Thanks Wielander !!!

Exactly what I needed !! I think I might go with that G skill RAM the reviews were more and better (5 eggs).

On the CPU : The I7-930 and the 950 am I going to really see/feel a difference for more money spent?


And Iv'e heard around alot of diffrent forums and newegg has the GIGABYTE as Tom's Hardware 2010 Recommended Buy.

Iv'e had this ASUS striker extreme for awhile and despite the bad review it has gotten by the majority, It's has done me right and I have a "soft spot" for ASUS mobos. What do you think about this Mobo as a substitute?
It says it has Ceramic intergrated for cooling and TuF componets for longerlife and a 5year warranty were the GIGABYTE has 3 year.

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


Although I must admit I'm leaning hard towards the GIGABYTE with all the reviews and your recommendation.

I hate to ask you again about the Mobo, but are you sure the GIGABYTE is the best MOBO in the $200 range?

Im thinkin if I dont go the combo route I might get this

CPU:I7-950
RAM:G.Skill DDR3 1600
MOBO: ??? still undecided

Might be alittle more $$$ but atleast I know I'm getting my moneys worth.





Thanks again,
DamianJP

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 11, 2010 10:00:15 PM

Damianjp said:
On the CPU : The I7-930 and the 950 am I going to really see/feel a difference for more money spent?


The difference in frequency of 260 MHz doesn't make that much of a difference. The i7-950 is a better value now, but I would go with the i7-930 because of the better combo deal.


Damianjp said:
And Iv'e heard around alot of diffrent forums and newegg has the GIGABYTE as Tom's Hardware 2010 Recommended Buy.

Iv'e had this ASUS striker extreme for awhile and despite the bad review it has gotten by the majority, It's has done me right and I have a "soft spot" for ASUS mobos. What do you think about this Mobo as a substitute?
It says it has Ceramic intergrated for cooling and TuF componets for longerlife and a 5year warranty were the GIGABYTE has 3 year.

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


Although I must admit I'm leaning hard towards the GIGABYTE with all the reviews and your recommendation.

I hate to ask you again about the Mobo, but are you sure the GIGABYTE is the best MOBO in the $200 range?


That motherboard is LGA1156; it isn't compatible with the LGA1366 i7-930 and i7-950. I think the UD3R is the best value. The cheapest comparable ASUS motherboard, the ASUS P6X58D-E, costs $230. It isn't as full featured and also only comes with a 3 year warranty.

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


Here is a filtered list of motherboards worth considering:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...
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September 11, 2010 11:10:38 PM

My two cents:

Asus P6T X58 Motherboard and Intel Core i7 950 Bloomfield Processor, w/Corsair TR3X6G1333C9 XMS3 6GB (3x2048MB) Triple Channel Kit
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September 12, 2010 8:22:25 AM

Hello again

I know I said I wanted just to spend $200, but Iv'e when up abit and was doing some more 'diggin' around and found somemore MOBOs mabey you could help me with and discuss abit. Also found some good reviews on testfreaks.com

ASUS P6X58D Premium $269
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6TD Deluxe $234
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


and


GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 $279
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lemme know what ya think.


Thanks,
DamianJP
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 9:10:19 AM

Those motherboards tout slightly more advanced overclocking features (XX+X phase power designs and more advanced overclocking settings). You might be able to obtain slightly higher maximum overclocks with them. Otherwise, they don't have any significant additional hardware (ports/slots/controllers). I don't think they're worth it unless you really want to push the limits of that i7-950 (you would at least want to add a second fan to that Corsair H50 for this kind of thing).
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September 12, 2010 9:39:37 AM

wielander said:
2 things first:

The i7-860 and P55 motherboard use dual channel memory, not triple channel memory. You would want a kit with just 2 sticks of memory. That motherboard is good, but the second PCI-E slot only runs at 4X; if you want to add a second HD 5850 in crossfire later, you want a motherboard with a 16x/16x PCI-E mode or at least an 8x/8x mode.

The second X58 motherboard is LGA1366 and not compatible for the processor in the first combo. It does use triple channel memory. It is a good choice, though.


Uhm... What are you talking about? The i7-860 and the P55 motherboard DO use triple channel memory. You can even check in the specs on that motherboard. I don't know where you get your information from.

I have the i7-860, Gskillz 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, and this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 12, 2010 9:46:31 AM

w0lfattack said:
Uhm... What are you talking about? The i7-860 and the P55 motherboard DO use triple channel memory. You can even check in the specs on that motherboard. I don't know where you get your information from.

I have the i7-860, Gskillz 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, and this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


:??:  If they could use... :heink:  Are you being serious?

All LGA1156 processors and motherboards are dual-channel. The memory slots are in pairs, not triples for a reason. Your motherboard's spec page says:

Chipsets

North Bridge
Intel P55

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin

Memory Standard
DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066

Maximum Memory Supported
16GB

Channel Supported
Dual Channel



Obviously you could add a set of three sticks of ram; it just wouldn't make sense.

And obviously the i7-930/950 and X58 motherboards that we've been talking about do use triple channel memory so don't be confused.
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September 12, 2010 10:48:46 AM

Haha just kidding
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September 12, 2010 1:08:27 PM

IMO 600$ is way too much for an upgrade, plus your system isn't that bad. I say get more RAM and overclock your CPU and it should do for another year. Or find a cheap Core 2 Quad and overclock it.
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