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Hello all,

I was wondering if someone could kindly give me some advice with regards to an upgrade of my current system. Specs are as follows

CPU : Core i7 920 (not overclocked)
Motherboard : Asus P6T
RAM : Samsung 6 X 2 GB
Graphics : Raedon HD 4670
Storage : Primary (256GB Crucial SSD)
Secondary (1 TB Seagate, 320 GB Samsung, 500 GB Samsung)


I am a developer and I mainly use my PC to run Visual Studio 2010 and a few virtual machines (to test my projects or to run Mac OS X for Xcode). I also play the occasional game ( I just got myself a copy of Rage) and watching movies every now and then. My PC is now 2-3 years old and I feel its time for an upgrade. I was wondering if moving to a 990X processor was a better bet than a 2600K? Or should I wait a bit longer? I intend to use my existing RAM and Hard Drives. I am planning on purchasing a new Thermaltake Level 10 GT case. I originally intended to purchase a Raedon 5970 Eyefinity6 card and Samsung MD230X3 monitors. But seeing the 5970 is now kinda old, what would be a better purchase?

While I am not financially constrained I wouldn't really want to spend any more than I need to.

I would be very grateful for any advice.


Regards

Alex
post #2 of 4
CPU: i5 2500
GPU: MSI GTX560
RAM: 8GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600
HDD: Get a second 256GB SSD
M/B: Asus P8P67 Pro

You can't use your old ram , afaik, as Sandybridge uses Dual Channel.
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As far as CPU wait for X79 and ivy bridge. Upgrading to to sandy from X58 isn't really worth it IMO. 990x's are great for your tasks but real pricey. For graphics a pair of 6950's is popular for multi-monitor setups (or 6970's if you want to spend the cash).
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Hello,

Thank you for both for the advice.

Are there are any inherent advantages to choosing i5 over i7 range of intel processors? I always thought that i7 was the more powerful choice.

Like I mentioned before, I am not exactly strapped for cash but I don't want to spend more than I need to with Christmas coming up. Would it be better if I hold on to upgrading after the new year?

Thank you once again.

Alex
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