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February 22, 2011 3:11:02 PM

Hello all,
After a little research and learning I am in the planning stages of a major upgrade to my system. I termed it a new build because it will be an upgrade to everything except the video cards. Here is what I currently have:

ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe motherboard
2x EVGA GeForce 8800GT SLI
AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ processor
4Gb Kingston DDR2 667 ram
Western Digital 150Gb 7200rpm HD
some 550W psu, Antec I think
ASUS VW266 25.5" monitor 1920x1200

What the system will be used for: gaming, listening to music, medium browsing
I'm looking for an increase in performance in my games (SC2 and WoW suffer a bit, TF2 & L4D are fine). I suspect that in SC2 and WoW my cpu is bottlenecking. A friend in the IT field has helped me compile this tentative parts list:

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel i7 940 Bloomfield 2.93GHz quad core processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Obsidian Series 6GB DDR3 1600 ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 650W psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My IT friend advised me to make sure the mb had the X58 chipset to take full advantage of the DDR3 ram. Any thoughts/advice? Is this overkill? Could I get the performance I want in some other (cheaper) way? Thanks!

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February 22, 2011 3:32:19 PM

Err seeing u are on a high end AM2 i would simply

a. Update BIOS
b. Hit this $99 Deneb 920
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
c. clock away ^^

Btw 8800GT trades blows with HD 5670 and peeps dun see any of those as serious gaming cards these days for even mid end gamer configs so maybe a GTX 560/HD 6870 along the way? AM2 mobos unlike their AM2+ successors were on older PCIex16 gen 1.0/1.1 and these hurt multi GPU a lot as well FYI...
February 22, 2011 3:49:34 PM

updating the BIOS and dropping in a new CPU (with maybe a little oc :D ) was the other option I was considering, that and upgrading my ram to 800 (max the mb can handle). to clarify, Im' not looking for uber-graphics performance, I would just like to eliminate the occasional brief bogging I get in SC2 and maybe a little framerate increase in WoW
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February 22, 2011 3:51:43 PM

Yep an Oced 920 will be a hell of an upgrade over Windsor 6000+ :p  But ya 8800GT SLI just for those games would be fine but if any other stuff (Metro 2033, etc) time for a GPU overhaul ^^
February 23, 2011 2:00:56 PM

do the am3 boards utilize the 3rd channel of ddr3 ram? I thought only the x58 chipset did that? or is the x58 the only intel chipset that does it? or am I in left field lol
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