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Marvel_us
08-22-07, 02:50 PM
I need your help guys.

School is starting up again for me next week and I'm very busy this week trying to my things together. I'd say my current budget is about $500 and I'd like to upgrade my CPU, Mobo and RAM.

I'd appreciate it if you guys could suggest the best performance upgrades that will fit my budget. I don't really have much time to go researching through reviews/threads since I want to get this done before my semester starts.

Thanks guys!:)

EDIT: Here is a list I put together myself very quickly this morning. Feel free to change it to whatever you see fit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Description=asus+p5n-e&x=0&y=0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115029
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

Bearclaw
08-22-07, 03:39 PM
Looks good, you'll have a nice setup going there.

Monolyth
08-22-07, 04:59 PM
Not bad, but if you can pony up 30 more for the mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128048

Very stable mobo, if you aren't interested in SLI I'd recommend it, you also get future expandability to the 45nm CPU's & DDR3 when you're ready to upgrade, just a thought. As always YMMV, but I've never had problems with Giga-Byte mobo's + Intel Chipsets.

Marvel_us
08-22-07, 07:25 PM
Thanks Monolyth. SLI doesn't really interest me right now so that mobo will be fine. I'll glady shell out 30 bucks more for stability as well. If no one else has anything else to recommend by tomorrow then I'll go ahead and place my orders on these.

jcossin
08-23-07, 02:00 PM
I've been eyeing the e6750 upgrade myself but am looking at a different motherboard and RAM that I think are better than what you have posted and not anymore money:

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813128059

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231114

Definitely go for CAS 4 RAM man, you don't want CAS 5, right?

Marvel_us
08-23-07, 03:19 PM
Gah, I wasn't even paying attention to any of the timings. If I do go with that board then I'd still be in budget to get a Q6600 instead of the e6750.

Does anyone see a reason for me to not go with the Q6600 over the e6750?

jcossin
08-24-07, 04:48 PM
The e6750 CPUs seem to be overclocking higher which would give you better performance for any software that doesn't take advantage of more than 2 cores. The other issue is price.

Besides those the quad core would be better if you crunch movies, music, etc. If it's just for gaming then the e6750 and overclock as high as you can.

Monolyth
08-24-07, 05:01 PM
The e6750 CPUs seem to be overclocking higher which would give you better performance for any software that doesn't take advantage of more than 2 cores. The other issue is price.

Besides those the quad core would be better if you crunch movies, music, etc. If it's just for gaming then the e6750 and overclock as high as you can.

Newer games are going to use multi-cores, just depends how long you plan on running this system and whether you want upgrade-ability in the future or if you are just going to replace the "guts".

buffbiff21
08-24-07, 05:15 PM
Ehh I've decided to say screw P35 and X38. I'd be more excited over a new socket design over a new chipset.

Just get this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136034

Definitely go for CAS 4 RAM man, you don't want CAS 5, right?

Doesn't matter too much. You can tweak settings yourself. Most ICs can reach 800MHz CAS4.. even ProMOS.

Monolyth
08-24-07, 05:54 PM
Ehh I've decided to say screw P35 and X38. I'd be more excited over a new socket design over a new chipset.

Socket change for AMD put a huge hurt on them, if there's no added benefit to switching slots why do it? Intel doesn't need to, there's no reason. Besides all the "guts" of a system come from the chipset not the socket.