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Value for money when upgrade to MoBo's max

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January 28, 2011 8:08:03 AM

Dear all,

Currently, this is my system since 2006 (worth $1000 at that time :D  ).

Processor: Intel Core2 Duo E6300 1.83GHz (standard, not overclocked)
MotherBoard: DFI Infinity 975X/G with Chipset Intel 975
VGA: Digital Alliance GeForce 7300GT 256MB
Memory: DDR2 2X1GB Kingston PC-6400 / 800MHz
Storage: 2x 80GB SATA II WDC (RAID-0), 1x 500GB SATA II WDC, 1x 120GB IDE ATA133
Optical Drive: 1x TEAC DVD WRITER
PSU: Enlight 600W
OS: Win XP Pro SP3 32bit

I use this PC just for playing game (I'm not a hardcore gamer, tho), listening music, touch-up photo, and editing home video from MiniDV tape with firewire 400. Recently, I upgrade my Handycam and I realized that this system won't help me much when editing HD Home Video (720p, and sometimes 1080p).

I'm thinking of doing some minor upgrade to maximizing my MotherBoard, since only have limited bucks hence eBay to the rescue.. :D 
Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 ($130) or Intel Core2 Quad Extreme QX6700 ($208)
VGA: Any manufacturer's card with NVidia GeForce 9800GT ($100)
Memory: DDR2 2x1GB Kingston PC6400 (800MHz) + DDR2 2x2GB Kingstone PC6400 (total memory 6GB) ($80)

My questions are:
1. with $380, would it bring a new horsepower to my system? I know I should migrate to 64bit OS with that configuration.
2. Should I buy a new heatsink Fan for Core2 Quad Processor instead of using Core2 Duo HSF? since in ebay they only sell processor without HSF.
2. If I buy a new system with same budget (incl Proc iSeries + VGA + MoBo + Memory and still using storage ), how far can I go with $380? Will it much better than upgrading to maximum configuration of my Motherboard?

Thank you.

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January 28, 2011 10:17:14 AM

For $467 you can get an i5 2300 an Asrock p67 board 4Gb DDR3 RAM and a Radeon 5770 from newegg Otherwise I would mjust upgrade the graphics card now (to a minimum 5770) and upgrade the rest later.
January 28, 2011 1:20:42 PM

simon12 said:
For $467 you can get an i5 2300 an Asrock p67 board 4Gb DDR3 RAM and a Radeon 5770 from newegg Otherwise I would mjust upgrade the graphics card now (to a minimum 5770) and upgrade the rest later.

For home video editing and touch up digital Photo, Is it Video Card That matters? I thought those activities rely On Processor and memory instead of Video Card? I know some manufacturers claim that their video card is HD capable. But isn't only for Video H264 playback? Or it also include video editing power?

Actually, I'll start another thread on Video Card threadgroup to ask this, but please moderator not to move this question to video thread :) 

Anyway, thanks @simon12 for advice. I'll check those configuration's availability in my Country :)  I'm afraid there'll be an extra shipping and handling cost when I order those items from NewEgg.
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January 29, 2011 5:27:41 AM

I've searched Local store about the availability of those items, and unfortunately not even one store has i5 2300 and cheap motherboard with equivalent chipset.

Btw, why an i5 which has only 2 core is faster or better than a Quadcore QX6700? I can't find a valid benchmark for QX6700 or Q6600 vs i5, I only found it versus i7 870. And i7 4 times faster. If i5 3200 slower than i7, can we conclude i5 is also better than QuadCore?

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January 29, 2011 10:16:35 AM

The i5 2300 (and all i5s with 4 digit numbers) are 4/Quad core not 2/Dual core and is 2 generations of chip newer than the QX6700. The Sandybridge i3 processors will be on sale soon which will give you a cheaper option.
February 4, 2011 8:33:25 AM

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February 4, 2011 9:35:39 AM

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