Originally Posted by boomish
Please helpppp, I only just found this forum, basically I was wondering if I could do a cheap upgrade on my system by buying an E8400 quad, faster memory? and possibly 1 or 2 GTX460 SLi cards?
I can only offer my experiences...and that was that although the board was a demon with a core 2 duo and 2 sticks of RAM, the moment extra RAM was introduced or when I plonked in a Q6600 I had endless issues
No matter what I tried, it seemed like my board just couldn't supply a reliable voltage to either the chip or RAM.
The board is currently in my wife's system with the original E6600 and 3 sticks of RAM in it (it keeps killing OCZ SLI 1066 sticks, I've RMA'd several
) and even though I down clock the RAM at a paltry 600MHz or so it blue screens every day. (It's stable with 2x1Gb RAM but that's not enough for games and I'm loathe to throw any more money at this board!)
Honestly - I'd recommend sticking it out a bit longer with this board and save up the pennies for a new board and chip next year. You'll get so much more FPS per Â£ if you change platform... (Note that I have a Q6600 at 3.5GHz and a GTX 570 on a Gigabyte 775 board and really need to change platform too - I think Core 2 isn't pushing this card hard enough!)
Also the VAT change isn't going to make much difference to prices - even if you spent Â£600 ex VAT the difference between 17.5% and 20% VAT on top will only be Â£15! Ignore all the VAT BS, it's just sellers trying to drum up business to improve their Q4 2010 figures