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Tuork
11-18-06, 11:09 PM
So it's quite very much so almost possible that I'll be jumping on the Core2Duo bandwagon over christmas.

Since I'm on somewhat of a budget I just basically want to jump on PCIx and DDR2 so the next upgrade wont hurt was much (I'm guessing the Core2Duo socket will hang around for some time, unlike my 754 :().

I'm thinking of the following:
E6300
7900GT
new Mobo
1GB RAM

The question is: What mobo and ram?
I am not planning on going SLI (don't have the budget for it).

I know there are other threads with similar questions/answers, but I have yet to see one with a modest budget (no 680i for me!), so pardon my questioning.

All input is appreciated.

Bearclaw
11-18-06, 11:46 PM
That looks great right there. You should be able to overclock the hell out of the e6300 if you do.

mojoRT
11-20-06, 04:01 PM
Take a look at The Tech Report's (http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q4/nforce680i/index.x?pg=1) round up of some of the more popular chipsets found on many Asus motherboards.

Even though you don't have the budget for SLI at the moment, consider the nForce 4 chipset on the Asus P5N32-SLI SE (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131031). According to the benchmarks, it's pretty much on par with its sucessors. You may be able to find one cheap since they might be trying to make room for the Asus P5N32-SLI PREMIUM (nForce 590) and Asus STRIKER (680i) mobo.

Currently, no major problems with the motherboard. Works for the most part with X-Fi (crashed on me once while switching modes) and Asus has recently released newer firmware to fully support DDR2 800.

Cosmetically, I like the black PCB and the heatpipes.

Take a look at the Asus P5B Deluxe (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131045) (Good OC'ing Intel Chipset) if you're looking for a solid motherboard without SLI.

Tuork
11-20-06, 08:24 PM
isn't the Nforce4 chipset for AMD platforms?

I have though of going SLI board (not cards) in case I dig up the money some day...

The asus deluxe seems to be pretty good.. but a tad too expensive (just a wee bit).

Thanks for the input.

Keep it coming:D.


How about RAM?
What are some good timings I should look for?
I'm guessing nothing greater than CAS 4, right?

Tuork
11-20-06, 11:41 PM
Quick question on the P5B deluxe:

Seeing as it has 2 16x PCIx ports, why insn't it SLI capable?

(bare with an ignorant man)

a12ctic
11-21-06, 12:07 AM
forget the c2d, overclock that 3000+ to like 2.4 and grab a 8800GTS/GTX, thatll give you much better yields.

stncttr908
11-21-06, 12:18 AM
forget the c2d, overclock that 3000+ to like 2.4 and grab a 8800GTS/GTX, thatll give you much better yields.
What if he wants to do more than game? The C2D will beat the crap out of his current setup.

mojoRT
11-21-06, 09:09 AM
Quick question on the P5B deluxe:

Seeing as it has 2 16x PCIx ports, why insn't it SLI capable?

(bare with an ignorant man)

From what I remember... and regardless of what the newegg description maybe... only one of the PCI Express ports are 16x, and the other is 4x or something. It shouldn't be SLi capable.

I've heard good things about the potential and price of the Gigabyte DS3s (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128012). Maybe give that a look.

As for RAM, Corsair XMS2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145566) should be a solid performer and overclocker. If you don't plan on overclocking you might be satisfied by just going with Corsair's "value" ram.

Tuork
11-21-06, 10:12 AM
What if he wants to do more than game? The C2D will beat the crap out of his current setup.


The only actual thing that demands and upgrade is gaming. Other than that I just waste my time on nvnews and program stuff for school. :p.


I might be going a bit into 3d modelling in the near future.

Problem is I am on a socket 754 and AGP (shame on me, I know)...

Tuork
11-21-06, 02:12 PM
What do you guys think of this here PSU? (compared to the one I have now)

BTW, does my current PSU work with the P5B deluxe?

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-480 BLUE ATX12V 480W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103930)


And what about this memory? (just one stick so I can later in life add a second gig)
Gskill Extreme series 1 GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231022)

Eliminator
11-27-06, 12:48 PM
What do you guys think of this here PSU? (compared to the one I have now)

BTW, does my current PSU work with the P5B deluxe?

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-480 BLUE ATX12V 480W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103930)


And what about this memory? (just one stick so I can later in life add a second gig)
Gskill Extreme series 1 GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231022)
youre going to need a much better psu than that i think... also for the ram i highly recommend 2gb... team xtreem, crucial ballistix are some of the better types right now for overclocking

Tuork
11-27-06, 06:47 PM
A better PSU?

Are you sure?

Keep in mind were talking about NO sli, and a 7950GT, not a 8800 or whatnot.


As for the RAM, I dont think I can quite afford the second Gig right about now. That's why I thought of just one stick so I can later add a second.

Any particular suggestions?