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    Default Time to upgrade again!

    I currently have a Gigabyte GA-EP45 DS3R with an E8400 running along well at 3.6gz (and has been for over a year thanks to this site!) with 4gb and an ATI 4870 1GB [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]video [COLOR=blue ! important]card[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]. I want to upgrade but have lost track of the latest hot setup and don't want to spend megabucks for bleeding edge stuff. Is there a good combo that can be overclocked, maybe using an i7? What about video, any input on that? I was also going to go with a SS boot drive and Win7..

    Thanks for any and all input!

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    Default Re: Time to upgrade again!

    Check out Anandtech's most recent system builder's guide.
    They present systems at various price/performance levels and include good advice for individual component options.

    Win7 + SSD boot disk?
    This is a no-brainer in my book.

    I recently upgraded my P35-DS3L system with an SSD boot drive and the win7 Home Premium 3-license family pack. This combination has to be the best bang for the buck, bar none!!

    My new MSI N460GTX Hawk video card is great. AMD cards also offer good video card models.

    The most important component is a top tier power supply. Don't cut corners with a cheapy psu.

    Happy hunting.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
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    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
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    Default Re: Time to upgrade again!

    I'll check out the guide, thank you profJim.
    My case is a full tower Antec with many 120mm fans and PS is an Antec True Power 800W. The system is used primarily for sims/games. I popped on the NewEgg site and quickly realized i've been out of touch with re: any debates about the i5 at higher clock speed vs the i7, i.e an i7 860S Lynnfield at 2.53 vs. an i5 680 Clarkdale at 3.6 vs an i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core? All are within a few dollars at NewEgg with a BIG jump ($200 more, is it 40% faster?) to get a i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core. Then of course which Gigabyte mobo and memory combo works best now, which (if any) new CPU's are overclockable, etc. etc..


    Then of course which Gigabyte mobo and memory combo works best now..

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    Default Re: Time to upgrade again!

    Well, After reading a bit and checking out the TT OC guide for the new Sandy Bridge CPU I bought the following -

    1 GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - P67 allows for overclocking
    1 GIGABYTE GV-R587UD-1GD Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
    1 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K - 2600K allows for overclocking
    1 Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAA128MAG-1G1 1.8" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    1 Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Dual Channel
    1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    1 LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer
    Last edited by GaryR; 01-22-2011 at 11:45 AM.

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    Default Re: Time to upgrade again!

    Why did you buy a tripple channel memory?

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    Default Re: Time to upgrade again!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chike View Post
    Why did you buy a tripple channel memory?
    Was given that model # by someone, will it be an issue? Just double checked and you are correct, the memory needs to be Dual channel for that mobo. Good catch, thanks! Just changed it...
    Last edited by GaryR; 01-22-2011 at 06:53 AM.

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    Default Re: Time to upgrade again!

    Probably no major issues other than that the last 4GB would run in single channel mode.

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    Default Re: Time to upgrade again!

    Originally I had speced out a Gigabyte mobo that called for triple channel and after doing some reading switched to a P67 mobo to have the ability to overclock, didn't notice that it needed Dual channel until you brought it to my attention, thank you! All set now, and added a DVD burner to take the place of one of mine that cooked recently too!

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    Well, tossed the new mobo/CPU/memory in my current system (I somehow ordered a laptop SSD) and I figured WTH, lets see if Vista 64 fires up. It went right in, loaded a bunch of drivers by itself, and with me adding a few shes humming away! Never had that happen before so I pushed my luck and clicked the 3.8 "Boost" in the Gigabyte ET6 and waited for the blue screen. Rebooted, she fired right up and CPUID shows 4GZ! It actually fluctuates between 3.9xx and 4.xx but so far (in ARMA2 and iRacing) it's rockin! The boot time is still horrendous but I when I get my new SSD drive installed and a fresh Win7 it will be substantially better. Easiest upgrade I ever did..

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    Default Re: Time to upgrade again!

    You can run 3 modules in dual channel on P55 or P67, ran a quick test myself just the other day on this for someone.



    Just a heads up for anyone that might read this later.

    Glad to hear you are liking the new system Gary, as you know though we advise you set your overclock in the BIOS manually, auto or easytune is going to overvolt things.

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