[NEW BUILD] Need advise upgrading my PC

Ok. first off I'm new in the community, Been reading a lot of post for some time now, Finally decided to join the club.

So here it goes.

I'm planning on upgrading 3 crucial components in my PC, there good but out dated. This well be my motherboard, processor and ram that I will be upgrading. As of right now i have a Intel Q9550 overclocked @ 3.4Ghz with 4 Gb of DDR2 running @ 1066Mhz with timings of 5-5-5-15 and the dreaded Asus P5N-T Deluxe motherboard (Nvidia 780i Chip-set) this board has givin me sooo much trouble and headache. But I finally got it running stable Enough to play some game's, still freeze's on rare ocassion.

I was wondering if you guys can help me out on choosing some parts for my system since I was going to update, I want to update to the latest and greatest in a real world budget lol. I was thinking about LGA2011 motherboard. I think 16 Gigs should hold me out for a couple of years and processor i was looking at the Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core. I think a corsair H60 would do the trick in cooling this Processor and if there something extra left i would to have a raid set up with two 1TB HDD ( i get those for around 60 dollars a piece where i live)

So i'm open for suggestion and my budget it's around the 800 dollar limit. :o

This is a picture of my current set up!

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  1. If you use the PC for gaming you don't need 16GB , 8GB is more than enough.
    For gaming i5 2500K is the best bang for the buck , but if you work something else and you use your PC for multitasking i7 2600k is verry good.
    MOBO : ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
    CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K
    RAM : G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    TOTAL : $567.97
    And you have money for other upgrades ( GPU ,PSU ,CPU Cooler ,Case)
  2. I use my PC for gaming and encoding movies and I do a lot of multi tasking. you link the i7-2600K but this one is cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

    I want to get 16 gigs of ram because i already have some game's asking for 8 gigs recommended like L.A. Noire, GTA 4, Skyrim. I just want to have memory to play with since the system uses like 1.5 gigs to runthe OS, so i think 16Gb would not be overkill. And another reason for the 16 gigs is not having to get more ram in the long run.

    I plan to buy this now and just forget about the PC upgrade wise for a while.

    What do you think about the X79 motherboards ??
  3. G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231489
    X79 mobo worth just if you buy a six core CPU 3930k , 3960X
    I used 2X 8GB because if in the future you will need more memory you can upgrade to 32GB.
  4. I was looking at these Corsair Vengence the have a better timing than the G.Skill

    G.Skill Timings 10-10-10-30 1600Mhz

    Corsiar Vengence 9-9-9-24 1600Mhz
  5. They are good.
  6. This would be the motherboard i was looking in too!

    ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Well its true what you say about the x79 motherboard. But at least I would have the option in the future of upgrading to a six-core with this motherboard, wont you agree ?
  7. sosofm said:
    They are good.

    You mean the corsair ?? they are cheaper too, just 99 dollars
  8. Yes is true.Sabertooth mobos are verry good and they have 5 years warranty.
    Then change the RAM with quad channel because X79 use quad channel memory.
    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197 i choosed low profile ( without heatsink) not to interfere with cpu cooler ( aftermarket cooler). If you will use liquid cooling than the big heatsinks are not a problem.
  9. I thinking on getting a Corsair water cooling solution for the CPU so the high profile would not be a factor. plus if you saw the link to my PC on my first post i have a NZXT Phantom full case. So room is not a factor either.

    isn't the Corsair vengeance 4x4Gb be Quad channel ? Ram cache is something that interest me alot! with 32Gb i can use 8Gb for system ram, 8Gb as ram cache and the rest 16Gb as ram disk volume to run the whole game from the ram
  10. Take a look at the Corsair what you choosed first time. on the specifications and they are dual channel.
    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233235 this is quad channel.
  11. Your right thank you for pointing this out! Didn't notice the other once's where dual channel.
  12. how about hard drive what would you guys recommend ? I'm looking into HDD not SSD since price per gigabyte is to much for now,
    Im looking to set up a Raid configuration in the mean time.
  13. Buy a 60GB- 64gb SSD for OS.
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 60GB SATA III http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226247 85$
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
  14. What you guys think about ASROCK motherboard?? I already have 2 ASUS motherboard and I've had problems with there brand, Dont really want to get another one from ASUS brand.

    What's you Opinion on the ASROCK x79 motherboard? Does anyone have one to able to give me some onsite on the brand ?
    This is the one I'm planning on buying.

  15. I own a Asrock P67 Extreme 6 and i didn't have any problem with my mobo.If you take a look at the Asrock mobos almost all of them have good customers reviews compared with the big mobo brands ( Asus,Gigabyte,MSI ).
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