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Should i upgrade my motherboard? (EX58-UD3R)

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September 20, 2011 12:51:41 PM

The following computer is going to be my dream computer and will be made of all brand new parts except for the motherboard (maybe). I'm pretty sure that my motherboard will be able to accommodate all the parts but it is still very outdated and so I'm wondering if its worth spending 125-175 dollars to upgrade it. I'm not particularly knowledgeable on overclocking so that isn't a major concern.

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate Professional 64 bit
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.67 GHz
Monitor: ASUS VE278Q 27-Inch LED 1920x1080 ress
Graphics card(s): (2x)Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology EX58-UD3R (4 slots for RAM) (2 slots for crossfire graphics cards
RAM: (x3)Corsair Vengeance 12 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
Drive #1: (SSD) Intel 320 Series 160 GB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive
Drive #2: (Hybrid) Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 750 GB SATA 3 GB/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drive
Sound Card: None
Power Supply: Unknown

All advice is greatly appreciated.
September 21, 2011 6:36:08 AM

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the i7-920 is an obsolete chip.

get this instead:

i5-2500K ($220)

this mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130612

and an 8 GB RAM kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233180

instead of a 750GB 2.5" drive, get a seagate or samsung 1tb drive

I've been reading a lot of recent articles in Toms hardware

1) The following article explained the advantages of +8 gigs of RAM in 64 bit Windows
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...

2) Actually the processor is old and I didn't think I'd need to upgrade it because "I don’t recommend upgrading your CPU unless the potential replacement is at least three tiers higher."
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-gaming-performa...

3)I haven't seen any articles that seemed to suggest that an newer mobo would increase my pc's performance (other than for overclocking) so I don't see why I'd need a new mobo.

However I did decide to change my hard drive to 2x Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB because of the hybrid drives speed capabilities.



So anyway, any advice on why I should change my mobo?
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