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December 18, 2010 9:59:30 PM

So I am in the market of looking to build part of a new system, mainly MOBO, CPU, and RAM. Currently I have a q9300, xfx 5850, 850w PSU, 750i EVGA mobo, 8 gb of g.skill ram (ddr2 800). I am looking to do light gaming (possibly more depending on my time availability). Games I currently play are SC2, HON, Amnesia, and TF2. I might play future games if they look good as well. Here is what I have currently looked at, I am not trying to spend a lot of money, but if it is definitely worth it I will consider it.

CPU: i5-760 (
For $5 more than the 750 plus free shipping, it seemed like no contest. I don't plan to OC my computer so the 2.8 is also a nice bonus.

MOBO: Biostar T5 XE (
for $115 plus free shipping this board seemed to have decent features, can do crossfire or SLI which is nice since I have a 5850. As I mentioned, I am not looking to OC.

RAM: This is where I am slightly struggling. I know that I should at least 4 gb of RAM, I currently have 8 because I was given 4 extra from my friend who didn't want them. I currently am running Vista 64bit, might get a copy of 7, but that is not guaranteed. I was considering the G.SKill Ripjaws 1333 ( since it was relatively cheap, but I am not very good when it comes to RAM.

Any suggestions (especially about ram) and do you think 4gb of ram is enough?

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December 18, 2010 11:12:36 PM

Hi, have you tried OC your current CPU?

You have a pretty nice set up and I don't think it would be worth it to upgrade to the LGA 1156 platform.

But if you insist on getting a new rig my advice would be to at least wait until sandy bridge comes out.
December 19, 2010 4:40:39 AM

Well my setup is nice, however, my mobo might be crapping out and I am waiting my final test to fix it on monday, so I figure if I do need to buy a new mobo, I might as well sell my cpu and memory and just upgrade to something newer. When does sandy bridge come out?
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December 19, 2010 8:33:50 AM

Sandy bridge comes out in the beginning of January. I highly recommend waiting.
December 19, 2010 4:31:46 PM

I'll definitely look into it, thanks for the heads up, haven't had time in a while to research with finals.