Upgrade advice from e7300/ASUS P5Q Pro/4gb RAM build


Was my original thread that has became side-tracked.

It's time for an upgrade and I can spend no more than $575 (without shipping). No longer play cpu games, so this is not a concern. AMD or Intel, Quad or 6Core.

I want this build to handle multi-tasking very well.

-Video encoding/transcoding
-reading & writing
-HDD access times
-Must have 8GB RAM.


AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz - $200


ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - $100


Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - $165


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $90


= $555

Intel Build:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Will this processor turn my performance around? Like Night and Day changes? Or will it be subtle?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115041

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory.

The RAM that I have is now discontinued. Will this be a good substitute to add up to 8GB? Also will this be compatible with my motherboard? The motherboard that I have says the memory standard is Dual-Channel. Will it be ok with 2 Dual-Channel kits?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231207

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136456

Total: $ 530
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  1. For what you want to do go with the X6 rig. If you build a Intel rig today you should consider LGA 1156 or 1366 but both would be outside your budget.
  2. The components for the x6 are they suitable? Or can you recommend better hardware?
  3. Those components are fine. The only thing was if you wanted USB3 and SATA 6GB support an AMD8xx chip set board would have been an option.
  4. A little more money but

    has the latest chipset from AMD as well as ASUS support for over clocking ,and better gfx
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