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

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October 3, 2010 8:03:10 AM

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? [...] 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? [...] 6820231207

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" [...] 6822136456

Total: $ 530
a c 103 B Homebuilt system
a c 341 À AMD
October 3, 2010 12:47:42 PM

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.
October 3, 2010 4:13:10 PM

The components for the x6 are they suitable? Or can you recommend better hardware?
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a c 103 B Homebuilt system
a c 341 À AMD
October 3, 2010 4:25:30 PM

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.