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Old 05-13-09, 06:13 PM   #1
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Question Advice on upgrading three components.

After i get back of my hoildays in two weeks time im going to possibaly do a slight upgrade to my system, I may upgrade my Motherboard, CPU & Memory, Heres what ive been looking at.

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Socket 1366 8MB Cache

ASUS Rampage II GENE Republic of Gamers X58

OCZ 6Gb (3x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory CL7

Total cost 514.24

Basicaly im looking to replace those three items for now(next will be a bigger power PSU), Will they work ok with the rest of my hardware?(im guessing they will) .... Also any input on the above three items? is it worth the upgrade from the system specs i have right now?

Also how much would you say a my Q6600 CPU, X-Fi Xtreme gamer sound card, 4GB Corsair 6400 xms2 & my Asus Commando p965 motherboard could be worth on ebay?(or maby to a friend) ... How much would you pay?(everythings boxed)
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Old 05-13-09, 06:47 PM   #2
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Might as well get 6gb, it's not too bad these days. I would also say you could get a cheaper mobo, but if you got the funds I'm sure that rampage kicks a$$.
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Default Re: Advice on upgrading three components.

Why would you only get 2Gb of ram?

A 6Gb kit like this would be better and cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227381

Also, keep your heat sink and buy a Socket 1366 adapter for it. You'd be hard pressed to buy a better heat sink, so there isn't any reason to sell the one you have.
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Old 05-14-09, 12:31 AM   #4
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Why would you only get 2Gb of ram?

A 6Gb kit like this would be better and cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227381

Also, keep your heat sink and buy a Socket 1366 adapter for it. You'd be hard pressed to buy a better heat sink, so there isn't any reason to sell the one you have.

Sorry, My bad ... I did actually mean to put in 6GB of memory, Its been edited.

Also great idea about the Socket 1366 adapter CaptNKILL, i didnt know there was such a thing .. Love my ultra-120 as well .
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Sorry, My bad ... I did actually mean to put in 4GB of memory, Its been edited.(may upgrad to 6 in future if i feel i need it)

Aso great idea about the Socket 1366 adapter CaptNKILL, i didnt know there was such a thing .. Love my uktra-120 as well .
That sounds good man.

I don't know how easy it is to find a 1366 adapter for the Ultra Extreme in the UK but it'll be well worth it.

They cost around $10 in the US:

http://www.jab-tech.com/Thermalright...X-pr-4323.html

I think you can also get them directly from Thermalright, so if you have any trouble finding one, try contacting them.
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Default Re: Advice on upgrading three components.

Just read that the i7 makes better use of tripple channel memory?

Would i be better of getting OCZ 6Gb (3x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory CL7?

Would this be better even though the other memory i chose was 4GB 1800MHz and this is 1333MHz?
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Just read that the i7 makes better use of tripple channel memory?

Would i be better of getting OCZ 6Gb (3x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory CL7?

Would this be better even though the other memory i chose was 4GB 1800MHz and this is 1333MHz?
Yes it will be. Triple channel is going to be faster than dual channel. Quite frankly I'm not sure if the I7 would run in dual channel mode or not.

EDIT: Now that I think about it the reference boards used dual channel. I checked your boards manual and it would support dual or triple channel. One little thing they noted which I've never heard before was this:

Due to Intel spec definition, X.M.P. DIMMs and DDR3-1600 are supported for one DIMM per channel only. IE, you couldn't run 4 DIMMs @ 1600mhz as it would have more than 1 DIMM per channel.
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Also how much would you say a my Q6600 CPU, X-Fi Xtreme gamer sound card, 4GB Corsair 6400 xms2 & my Asus Commando p965 motherboard could be worth on ebay?(or maby to a friend) ... How much would you pay?(everythings boxed)
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Hi again, so i finally got around to saving the cash up, Changed the components slightly ...

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152234

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158392

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151477

Basicaly i was gonna upgrade to these, BUT yesterday i read in another part of the forum about SATA III, Is it worth waiting for those SATA III boards?
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Hi again, so i finally got around to saving the cash up, Changed the components slightly ...

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152234

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158392

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151477

Basicaly i was gonna upgrade to these, BUT yesterday i read in another part of the forum about SATA III, Is it worth waiting for those SATA III boards?
If you have any interest in getting an SSD drive once the prices come down, I'd say yes, it'd be worth it to wait. Some SSDs are already saturating the current SATA 3gbit bandwidth at times, and we've only really had decent SSD drives for maybe a year... with affordable ones being available for just a few months. This is new technology and its going to seriously take off over the next year or two.

Though I guess you could always get a PCI-E SATA 3.0 controller card if necessary.
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