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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:14 pm    Post subject: Mobo and CPU upgrade

Hot on the heels of my new GPU I'm now thinking about an overhaul of the rest of the PC and need some advice from you techies please

1. Do I hold out for the new Intel CPU's, or will these be just too expensive?
2. Fast Dual core or slower Quad (for same budget) for gaming?
3. Board that supports DDR2 or DDR3 (or do some boards do both?)
4. Do I bother with RAID, or just get a v fast drive?

My current wish list is:
-Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 LGA775 'Wolfdale' 3.00GHz (1333FSB)
-Asus Maximus II Formula Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (supports 45nm and pci-e 2)
-Corsair 4GB DDR2 XMS2 Dominator PC2-8500C5 TwinX (2x2GB)
-Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache

Final question: vista 32bit, or 64bit?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:54 am    Post subject: Re: Mobo and CPU upgrade

i would have a look at this www.overclockers.co.uk...U%20Cooler

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobo and CPU upgrade

Cheers Rus

I'm better going for a quad core then?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobo and CPU upgrade

from what I see ... a fast 2 core is better than a slow 4 core coz games don't use all the cores together yet... but if you can get a 4 core that can overclock to the same speed as a 2 core that's within your budget you will have the best of both worlds ... fast enough to game with and enough cores to do all your other pc stuff when not Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobo and CPU upgrade

Cheers guys, off on holiday next week and will be ordering the new parts when I get back (broadband may be working by then too!!)

One FINAL question:

Do i bother with DDR3 (as it affects my choice of mobo)?

I know it's expensive, but there doesn't appear to be too much performance difference (at the moment) - will I limit my future upgrade options if I stick to DDR2?

Or is it all about my GPU and not my cpu/mobo for gaming?

Looked and looked at the internet for guidance, but just keep going round in circles!!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobo and CPU upgrade

Just put my order in. Smile

Changed to Q6600 after advice and Asus Rampage Formula Intel X48 mobo (should I wish to add another 4870x2 at full bandwidth); rest of the order the same.

Hopefully start the build and possible OC this weekend; listen out for the swearing!!! ;o)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: Mobo and CPU upgrade

Q6600's offer mega overclocking from 2.4ghz standard up to 3.6ghz on air alone. I have mind sitting at a respectable 3.4ghz and 40 degs. You getting the chip OEM or retail cos the first thing i changed was the heatsink and fan. Don't get me wrong, the standard one is ok but a Zalman is better.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:02 am    Post subject: Re: Mobo and CPU upgrade

^^^^^^^^^Agrees....Zalman kicks butt for air cooling. I have one on my processor and vid card.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Mobo and CPU upgrade

I have my Q6600 at 3200 MHz (8 x 400) with Freezer7 Pro anything higher and temps get too warm for me. With better cooling more can be squeezed out of these CPU's

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:12 am    Post subject: Re: Mobo and CPU upgrade

Got a Thermalright 120 extreme strapped to the cpu with a 120mm fan on it; running at about 35 degs on idle

My mobo can OC for me (almost idiot proof), so I'll let you know the results when I'm brave enough!

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