600$ Upgrades CPU/RAM/Motherboard Need advice

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?ItemList=Combo.495065
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365&cm_re=ram-_-20-227-365-_-Product


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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  1. 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?ItemList=Combo.495065
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365&cm_re=ram-_-20-227-365-_-Product


    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.
  2. 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?ItemList=Combo.492640


    G.Skill DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5v
    $135

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225


    Total: $598 (including shipping)


    i7-950
    $300

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211


    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?ItemList=Combo.503984


    Total: $622 (including shipping) after a $30 rebate
  3. 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=N82E16813131601&cm_re=ASUS_saber_tooth-_-13-131-601-_-Product


    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
  4. 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=N82E16813131601&cm_re=ASUS_saber_tooth-_-13-131-601-_-Product


    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=N82E16813131641


    Here is a filtered list of motherboards worth considering:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=280&Description=&Type=&N=100007627&IsNodeId=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&OEMMark=0&Manufactory=1944&Manufactory=1402&Manufactory=1312&Manufactory=1315&Manufactory=2136&Manufactory=1442&Manufactory=1314&Manufactory=12150&Manufactory=1307&Manufactory=1157&PropertyCodeValue=705%3A45356&PropertyCodeValue=718%3A40133&PropertyCodeValue=3880%3A27177&PropertyCodeValue=3880%3A72569&PropertyCodeValue=4943%3A34967&PropertyCodeValue=4943%3A46138&PropertyCodeValue=4943%3A40640&PropertyCodeValue=4943%3A48038&PropertyCodeValue=4943%3A57235&PropertyCodeValue=7968%3A74809&PropertyCodeValue=7968%3A55465&PropertyCodeValue=7968%3A49719&PropertyCodeValue=7968%3A56407&PropertyCodeValue=7968%3A57760&PropertyCodeValue=2368%3A14898&PropertyCodeValue=2368%3A44488&PropertyCodeValue=2368%3A14899&PropertyCodeValue=2368%3A20724&PropertyCodeValue=2368%3A14897&PropertyCodeValue=2368%3A15839&PropertyCodeValue=8110%3A50511&PropertyCodeValue=8110%3A57730&PropertyCodeValue=8110%3A57761&PropertyCodeValue=757%3A7618
  5. My two cents:

    Asus P6T X58 Motherboard and Intel Core i7 950 Bloomfield Processor, w/Corsair TR3X6G1333C9 XMS3 6GB (3x2048MB) Triple Channel Kit
  6. 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=N82E16813131614&cm_re=asus_p6x58d_premium-_-13-131-614-_-Product

    ASUS P6TD Deluxe $234
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131403


    and


    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 $279
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128422&cm_re=X58A-UD5-_-13-128-422-_-Product

    Lemme know what ya think.


    Thanks,
    DamianJP
  7. 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).
  8. 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=N82E16813131594&cm_re=asus_supercomputer_motherboard-_-13-131-594-_-Product
  9. 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=N82E16813131594&cm_re=asus_supercomputer_motherboard-_-13-131-594-_-Product


    :??: 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.
  10. Haha just kidding
  11. 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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