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Motherboard + Good Ram Or Motherboard + 460 + Ram

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December 6, 2010 8:07:49 PM

Right now I have some shitty AM2+ board with DDR2 1066 with cas of 6/ GTX 275 video card

I want to get this Mobo ( Cause I'm using a Phenom II x4 OC @ 4.0 AM3 ) and I want SLI ( Not liking CFX as of now ) this is one of the few boards.

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

and get this ram

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

And thats about my budget.

Or I can go with the same mobo and get

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

With some cheaper ram. Like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
a b V Motherboard
December 6, 2010 8:28:35 PM


AMD works best with crossfire. All the SLI boarsd are 2-3 generations out of date at this time.

I'd suggest this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
at $94.99 its the cheapest 8x/8x crossfire board around

This RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
solid & reliable, $47.99. same as the Ripjaws without the unnecessary flashy heat spreaders. just $22 cheaper!

and a HD 6850 for $189.99, which is as good as a 460, and scales very similarly in CF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 6, 2010 10:29:45 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
AMD works best with crossfire. All the SLI boarsd are 2-3 generations out of date at this time.

I'd suggest this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
at $94.99 its the cheapest 8x/8x crossfire board around

This RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
solid & reliable, $47.99. same as the Ripjaws without the unnecessary flashy heat spreaders. just $22 cheaper!

and a HD 6850 for $189.99, which is as good as a 460, and scales very similarly in CF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



980 chip-set on the motherboard I linked isn't out of date, that ram is terrible 9-9-9-24 timings is to slow for my likings. Plus I over clock, so no heat spreaders = bad.

6850 has terrible OC potential, the MSI Hawk is better then the 6870 not to mention it can OC higher, less power, less heat, and 60ish dollars cheaper, and it can scale 100+%.

So basically I know what I want, I can't decide if I want to get good ram ( 200 dollar ram ) and get that mobo, or get way cheaper ram, with similar timings, and upgrade later.

With the cheaper ram I can get an 3 way upgrade, but that corsair ram is really nice, and it can go down to 6-6-6-20 with stock volts. I just cant decide if I should snag this MSI hawk while its on sale. Or get the expensive ram and get a video card later. I'm going for a 2 460's in SLi eventually, but it would be a nice upgrade from the 275 even with that ram.

I'm just wondering what everyone else thinks. Expensive ram that doesn't have that much better timings, or go with the cheaper 4gb solution and grab another pair down the road ( Not to mention I can sell my 275 for the price of 4 more GB of that ram )

3 way upgrade

or 2 way ( I don't know when I will have money again for the graphics cards )
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