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January 27, 2011 10:14:19 AM

So, I have decided to upgrade my E8400 core 2 duo. I have been doing some research and have come up with this off the top of my head

Budget between 400-600
What I need Motherboard, Cpu,RAM

What I have
Case 750
OCZ Gamerxtream psu
Radeon 4850 512mb
Asus 21 inch lcd
500 gb spinpoint f3 hdd
mouse
keyboard ect

I was going to just grab a 6950 for my current build but upon thinking about it I think I would rather spend the money upgrading the core rig
Parts I am considering.


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

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

Havent done alot of research on motherboards/chipsets for intel because I had been planing an amd build any advice would be appreciated.

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January 27, 2011 10:50:45 AM

AsRock and Asus both make fine P67-based mainboards............

6950 is a solid card....certainly enough for 21" monitor...
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January 27, 2011 11:42:09 AM

i have always been a fan of gigabyte boards, why that ram over the ram i chose. Is there really a point in going amd with the i5 sandy bridge out?
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January 27, 2011 12:19:32 PM

the i5 is much better than the phenom ii x4. i see you are on a budget. thats why i suggested the amd.

you have to determine which cpu you want. no one else can since there are people that stick with one and not the other or there some that go by specs. so do some research on the cpu's of your choices! okay?

and as for the ram both have the same specs. the one i chose has many good user rieviews. so i thought of choosing em!
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January 27, 2011 9:23:53 PM

Yea, I really think im going with the sandy bridge. The ram I chose has a CAS of 7 though will that make much of a differnce?
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January 28, 2011 12:24:59 AM

lower CAS timings are better, but please note that the actual difference in performance will be negligible in real life. You will not be able to tell any difference in performance, when the sticks are used in otherwise identical machines.
If the price difference is more than $50, go with the slower timings. If they are the same price, than go for the lower timing memory.

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January 28, 2011 1:29:02 AM

Any gigabyte boards you would recommend? Also I am pretty tempted on getting a board with uefi bios what are your thoughts on this?
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January 28, 2011 1:56:15 AM

The gigabyte UD3 is the only one that is really worth and that is only worth it if you buy in a combo with the CPU gigabyte isn't rocking this new-gen asrock is beating it's budget boards and asus it's high-ends.

the UD3 doesn't support CF/SLI one good card will be enough for up to 1920x1080 though

combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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January 28, 2011 1:56:49 AM

really it's only $20 bucks off but comes with Civ 5
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January 28, 2011 2:06:02 AM

Plasticjesus690 said:
Any gigabyte boards you would recommend? Also I am pretty tempted on getting a board with uefi bios what are your thoughts on this?

If you want to run dual vid cards with a Gigabyte board then you need to look at the UD4 seeing ho it's the cheapest of the Gigabyte P67 boards that run two cards that run dual cards @ 8x & 8x. That board goes for $190 at newegg. You could save yourself $40 and go with the Asrock extreme4. That board got great reviews btw.

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116/ASRoc... <--- Fairly recent review of the ASRock P67 Extreme4 with some o/c tips and great screenies.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg10/asrock-... <--- Recent review.
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January 28, 2011 2:08:29 AM

as I said gigabyte is only worth it if going for one card
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January 28, 2011 3:59:01 AM

Yea, I was considering going single card becasue much like this plan had been to xfire my 4850 I never ended up doing it.
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January 28, 2011 4:30:32 AM

Plasticjesus690 said:
Yea, I was considering going single card becasue much like this plan had been to xfire my 4850 I never ended up doing it.

Not many people do. Myself I use a single vid card and when it gets tired I replace it with newer and faster.
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January 28, 2011 9:36:01 PM

Single card is the way to go for 1920x1080 and less because a good card will kill everything at that res
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