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September 12, 2010 4:17:41 AM

Upgrading my xps8000

Case antec 902
Cpu i5 750
Mobo intel p55 x231r
graphics gt220
Psu CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W
memory 4x1gb ram
hard drive 500gb western digital blue


1) Will my motherboard support a msi twin froz gtx470 which is in the mail?
2) is my motherboard good? ppl trying to sell for $199 which i dont believe?
3) should i upgrade to a new board?
eventually i wouldnt mind 2 gtx470's
a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 4:37:42 AM

jason gran said:
I bought a dell xps 8000. upgraded a few things....

Case antec 902
Cpu i5 750
Mobo intel p55 x231r
graphics gt220
Psu CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W
memory 4x1gb ram
hard drive 500gb western digital blue


1) Will my motherboard support a msi twin froz gtx470 which is in the mail?


It has a PCI-E x16 slot, so your graphics card should work fine.

jason gran said:
2) is my motherboard good? ppl trying to sell for $199 which i dont believe?

It certainly isn't a good motherboard. I imagine that you don't really have any overclocking settings, and the on-board features are limited. A refurbished one sold for $125 on ebay a month ago, though. I would sell it while it's still worth something; you can get a much better motherboard for $125.

jason gran said:
3) should i upgrade to a new board?
eventually i wouldnt mind 2 gtx470's

LGA1156 is being discontinued next year. You can look at it two ways.

On the one hand, there may not be many good LGA1156 motherboards around after they are discontinued, and your current motherboard may not be worth as much as well.

On the other hand, there will never be much point in upgrading your processor so this motherboard will be a dead end. You would need a new board to run two GTX 470s, though.
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September 12, 2010 4:45:35 AM

sorta confused with your last answer. your saying the lga1156s are being discountued. isnt that what my i5 750 needs? or are they coming up with a better motherboard to fit the i5

money isnt an issue. and overclocking is something im looking into.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 4:53:22 AM

Your current motherboard and processor are LGA1156. Next year intel is introducing a new architecture, "Sandy Bridge." Sandy Bridge processors will use a new socket, LGA1155, which is meant to replace LGA1156. LGA1156 processors and motherboards will be discontinued for the most part, and the new LGA1155 processors and motherboards will not in any way be compatible with LGA1156 processors and motherboards.

If you want to overclock, you should get a good motherboard.
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September 12, 2010 4:55:45 AM

now you have me thinking lol maybe i should wait and upgrade cpu/motherboard/ram. is it relatively the same speeds or has that not been released
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 5:03:07 AM

Anandtech was able to pull off an unsanctioned preview:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-pre...


The performance increase doesn't seem to be groundbreaking. Comparable processors should be 10-20% faster. The big change is in the integrated graphics which are much improved (but still only as good as the worst dedicated graphics cards).
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September 12, 2010 5:05:09 AM

which is useless if i buy a good gpu?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 5:06:23 AM

They aren't replacing the LGA1366 or their fastest processors (i7-960 and up) until the second half of next year.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 5:06:48 AM

jason gran said:
which is useless if i buy a good gpu?
Yes.
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September 12, 2010 5:09:44 AM

ok then you know what ill just buy a motherboard to use with my i5/gtx470 for now. possibly overclock. maybe more ram. and upgrade to a 2nd computer n leave this 1 for the family wh**e around christmas time

hmm now i need to research a good motherboard to support 1 gtx470/i5 750/1 disk drive/1 hard drive/overclock ability

can you think of a good board?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 5:18:00 AM

Ok, here are a couple suggestions for good motherboards:


MSI P55A-G55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Decent board. Includes the latest features, USB3.0 & SATA III. Supports SLI & Crossfire with an 8x/8x PCI-E mode.
$128

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


ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
All of the features of the first. Slightly more highly regarded brand. Award winning for its overclocking features/stability.
$180

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 12, 2010 6:09:24 AM

what about gigabyte? been hearing alot of talk going around concerning their motherboards? that asus is looking really good unless someone has any objections
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 6:24:39 AM

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s
Similar to the Asus Board.
$170

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


I've been avoiding the gigabyte P55 motherboards. In the specifications it says that the USB3.0 & SATA III controllers will work at USB2.0 & SATA II if a second graphics card is installed.

PCI Express 2.0 x16:
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
Note: When dual graphics cards are used in 1st and 2nd PCIex16 slots, SATA3 / USB 3.0 (Marvell 9128 /NEC USB 3.0 Controllers) will work at normal mode.


This may be the case with other motherboards (the P55 chipset has a limited PCI-E bus), but Gigabyte is the only manufacturer that lists this limitation.

It isn't a problem, though, if you don't plan to use an SLI setup.
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September 12, 2010 6:29:02 AM

in the end this build should work?

Case antec 902
Cpu i5 750
Motherboard ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
graphics gtx470
Psu CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W
memory CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
hard drive 500gb western digital blue
possibly another 1tb western digital 64mb cache hard drive
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2010 6:40:56 AM

jason gran said:
in the end this build should work?

Case antec 902
Cpu i5 750
Motherboard ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
graphics gtx470
Psu CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W
memory CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
hard drive 500gb western digital blue
possibly another 1tb western digital 64mb cache hard drive


Yeah, all of that looks good.
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September 12, 2010 6:50:48 AM

Your the man. thanks for your help
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September 12, 2010 6:51:10 AM

Best answer selected by jason gran.
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