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Upgrading from i3 to i7 - reasonble setup?

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December 20, 2010 7:02:04 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my i3-540 to something from the i7 lineup in hopes of speeding up my rig for gaming (i7-950 or i7-870). I've been trying to figure out a few things but am still a little confused. Any help is appreciated:

-Is there an advantage between an even (2x 4gb ram) vs an odd (3x 2gb) number of ram? I currently have 2x 4gb and I'm wondering if one or the other would work better with an i7?

-After researching I think that in addition to the processor I should probably get 1) a new motherboard, 2) maybe a PSU, 3) maybe odd number type of ram depending on mobo - does this sound right or can I just drop in the i7?

-Is my 550W PSU okay for this. I'm considering another video card in the future for NVIDIA SLI, would an 800w PSU be a good idea or would the one I have be okay?

My current setup:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H55M-S2 LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3540

RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

Graphics: EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Hard Drive 1: G.SKILL Phoenix Series FM-25S2S-60GBP1 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Hard Drive 2: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Monitor: Asus VE245TL-P 24" 5ms 1920x1080 HD 1080P Height, Swivel, Tilt Adjustable WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/M2 50000 :1 (ASCR)

Considering buying with processor:

Motherboard option 1 (if needed - would allow me to use ram I currently have): SUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Motherboard option 2 (if needed - might be better, but would I need different ram?): EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU (if i need one): CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

CPU cooler: probably one of these too?


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a b à CPUs
December 20, 2010 7:50:42 AM

I would say - wait for a two weeks for Sandy Bridge and then decide.
a c 104 à CPUs
December 20, 2010 10:09:58 AM

You can put an i7 8XX in your current board not a 9XX, an i5 760 should make your system balanced though.
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December 20, 2010 2:47:33 PM

I was just checking out the i5 2500 and it looks really nice, would I still need a new mono or anything to optimize? I'm not looking to upgrade after this for a while.
a c 104 à CPUs
December 22, 2010 12:26:09 PM

The i series that have 4 digits in the no are a new chipset again so you will need a new Mobo, your current board can use all i3s with 3 digit nos all I5s with 3 digit nos and all i7 8XX series and nothing else.
December 22, 2010 1:21:33 PM

i would really recommend sandy bridge, (or get an I5 760) =D
December 28, 2010 11:16:36 PM

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