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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Ok so i just bought the Q6600 as my new CPU.
Now I'll be upgrading slowly to SLi. The last thing i'll buy is the graphics card.
I need to buy ram. Fast ram. Im not going ddr3 anymore cuz i decided i'll do that in my nehalem upgrade come december 2009. So, I'll need really fast DDR2 ram preferably 8GB(not the Gskill set). If not, then 4 gb. I have about 300$ left to spend. I had a budget of 1500 but spent 900 elsewhere so only 600$ left for this month. The Quad cost me 300$ here in Pak. Anyways, fill em up as follows:

Mobo:
RAM:

No DDR3 motherboard. It's not worth the upgrade! Mobo has to be for SLi. The best SLi and Quadcore OCin mobo and fast ram. 1000mhz+. Thanks!
Nessie
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 XFX ATI 4870 1GB DOMINATOR 1066MHZ 2 x 1gb 
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3 x 500gb WD Caviar Asus 16X DVD-R/RW Windows Vista x64 Del 30 inch 2008WFP-HC 
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Nessie
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Intel Q6600 GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 XFX ATI 4870 1GB DOMINATOR 1066MHZ 2 x 1gb 
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3 x 500gb WD Caviar Asus 16X DVD-R/RW Windows Vista x64 Del 30 inch 2008WFP-HC 
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Razer Tarantula Enermax 1kW Thermaltake Armor w/25cm sidefan Razer Lachesis 
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post #2 of 16
Uh I am not going crazy about the Q6600 but you should have bought an E8400. It is about the same price and cunsumpts less power. Also if ur going gaming the E8400 is the best cuz most games don't support quad-cores which is a waste of money. The P5K chipstet mobos or 680i is the best for SLI. Gigabyte-Ga-P35-DS3L is also a good choic if u want to save money. For RAM either get G.Skill DDR2 800 or G.Skill DDR2 1000.
XXXUnknownXXX
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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 4.1 GHz DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS 2 x eVGA 8800 GTS GDDR3 512 MB in Nvidia SLI 2 x 2 GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition DDR2 800 PC2-6400 
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4 x 150 GB Raptors (X) 10,000 RPM in Raid 0 + 1 Lite-On Black SATA Blu-Ray DVD ROM DH-4O1S-08 XP Professional 64-Bit/Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Acer Black 22" Widescreen LCD WSXGA (1680 x 1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Silverstone DA-1200-Watts Nvidia SLI Certified Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Black ATX Full Tower Razer Diamondback Blue Gaming Mouse 
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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 4.1 GHz DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS 2 x eVGA 8800 GTS GDDR3 512 MB in Nvidia SLI 2 x 2 GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition DDR2 800 PC2-6400 
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4 x 150 GB Raptors (X) 10,000 RPM in Raid 0 + 1 Lite-On Black SATA Blu-Ray DVD ROM DH-4O1S-08 XP Professional 64-Bit/Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Acer Black 22" Widescreen LCD WSXGA (1680 x 1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Silverstone DA-1200-Watts Nvidia SLI Certified Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Black ATX Full Tower Razer Diamondback Blue Gaming Mouse 
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post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I do video editing as much as gaming so i kinda needed the quad core. I need ram. I was looking at the dominators 1066mhz 2 x 2gb. And the board, why not 780i?
Nessie
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 XFX ATI 4870 1GB DOMINATOR 1066MHZ 2 x 1gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3 x 500gb WD Caviar Asus 16X DVD-R/RW Windows Vista x64 Del 30 inch 2008WFP-HC 
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Razer Tarantula Enermax 1kW Thermaltake Armor w/25cm sidefan Razer Lachesis 
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Razer eXactMat 
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Nessie
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Intel Q6600 GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 XFX ATI 4870 1GB DOMINATOR 1066MHZ 2 x 1gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3 x 500gb WD Caviar Asus 16X DVD-R/RW Windows Vista x64 Del 30 inch 2008WFP-HC 
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Razer Tarantula Enermax 1kW Thermaltake Armor w/25cm sidefan Razer Lachesis 
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post #4 of 16
The 780i is kinda bad. The north bridge is big as **** (making it hard to fit a aftermarket fan/heatsink) on the 780i and it doesn’t have a lot of improvements over the 680i and also has a better looking . Talking about the CPU you might need it as you said you are going to do editing as much as gaming. Don’t get 1066 MHz if you are not going to overclock it. I’ve heard 1066 MHz ram is just a factory Overclocked version of 800 MHz ones.


EDIT: If u want the corsair 1066 MHz don’t get a DFI board since it is imcompatible with it.
XXXUnknownXXX
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 4.1 GHz DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS 2 x eVGA 8800 GTS GDDR3 512 MB in Nvidia SLI 2 x 2 GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition DDR2 800 PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
4 x 150 GB Raptors (X) 10,000 RPM in Raid 0 + 1 Lite-On Black SATA Blu-Ray DVD ROM DH-4O1S-08 XP Professional 64-Bit/Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Acer Black 22" Widescreen LCD WSXGA (1680 x 1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Silverstone DA-1200-Watts Nvidia SLI Certified Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Black ATX Full Tower Razer Diamondback Blue Gaming Mouse 
Mouse Pad
QPAD CT Black Gaming Mouse Pad 
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XXXUnknownXXX
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 4.1 GHz DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS 2 x eVGA 8800 GTS GDDR3 512 MB in Nvidia SLI 2 x 2 GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition DDR2 800 PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
4 x 150 GB Raptors (X) 10,000 RPM in Raid 0 + 1 Lite-On Black SATA Blu-Ray DVD ROM DH-4O1S-08 XP Professional 64-Bit/Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Acer Black 22" Widescreen LCD WSXGA (1680 x 1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Silverstone DA-1200-Watts Nvidia SLI Certified Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Black ATX Full Tower Razer Diamondback Blue Gaming Mouse 
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QPAD CT Black Gaming Mouse Pad 
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post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by 555thz View Post
The 780i is kinda bad. The north bridge is big as **** (making it hard to fit a aftermarket fan/heatsink) on the 780i and it doesn’t have a lot of improvements over the 680i and also has a better looking . Talking about the CPU you might need it as you said you are going to do editing as much as gaming. Don’t get 1066 MHz you are not going to overclock it. I’ve heard 1066 MHz ram is just a factory Overclocked version of 800 MHz ones.


EDIT: If u want the corsair 1066 MHz don’t get a DFI board since it is imcompatible with it.
wrong. the 780i has a more robust memory controller and better voltage regulators. meaning it overclocks better.


im sorry to do this on this thread but i call BS on 555thxs sig rig.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD3200AAKS (RAID0), 1tb AALS Samsumg Wrigtmaster Sb 204/182 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Gateway HD2401 24" 
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post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Lol! All that high end stuff and arctic freezer as the cooler? Damn!
Well, i'll be water cooling my rig. I'll wait till end of june then see what the situation is. If DDR3 prices drop by then , then 790i. If not, then 780i. Need to decide the ram and the board by that time. Till then, my trusty p5b deluxe will do the job!
Nessie
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 XFX ATI 4870 1GB DOMINATOR 1066MHZ 2 x 1gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3 x 500gb WD Caviar Asus 16X DVD-R/RW Windows Vista x64 Del 30 inch 2008WFP-HC 
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Razer Tarantula Enermax 1kW Thermaltake Armor w/25cm sidefan Razer Lachesis 
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Nessie
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Intel Q6600 GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 XFX ATI 4870 1GB DOMINATOR 1066MHZ 2 x 1gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3 x 500gb WD Caviar Asus 16X DVD-R/RW Windows Vista x64 Del 30 inch 2008WFP-HC 
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post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sanad View Post
I do video editing as much as gaming so i kinda needed the quad core. I need ram. I was looking at the dominators 1066mhz 2 x 2gb. And the board, why not 780i?
...because it's really bloody expensive.

I suggest the Geil 2x2 GB EVO ONE RAM, it's good stuff I hear. Almost went that route myself but decided I shouldn't spend the extra $150. I suggest the EVGA or XFX 680i boards for double SLI. You aren't going to need too much FSB room on a quad chip with a 9x multi anyway, are you? 400 FSB is about top-out for Q6600.

Dominators are too expensive. If you have that much cash just sell the GTX and get a GX2; then you don't have to worry about motherboards at all.
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Wolfdale 8400@Stock, 1.1125 Vcore, 1.07 post droop Gigabyte GA-p35-DS3L 8800GT (EVGA) OCZ DDR2 1066 
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Seagate 7200.10 250gb Samsung IDE XP Home SP2B Hanns G 17' 
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post #8 of 16
Did I mention I haven't bought the rig yet?

EDIT: I should have add to the System Title (Coming Soon)...
XXXUnknownXXX
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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 4.1 GHz DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS 2 x eVGA 8800 GTS GDDR3 512 MB in Nvidia SLI 2 x 2 GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition DDR2 800 PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
4 x 150 GB Raptors (X) 10,000 RPM in Raid 0 + 1 Lite-On Black SATA Blu-Ray DVD ROM DH-4O1S-08 XP Professional 64-Bit/Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Acer Black 22" Widescreen LCD WSXGA (1680 x 1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Silverstone DA-1200-Watts Nvidia SLI Certified Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Black ATX Full Tower Razer Diamondback Blue Gaming Mouse 
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QPAD CT Black Gaming Mouse Pad 
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XXXUnknownXXX
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 4.1 GHz DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS 2 x eVGA 8800 GTS GDDR3 512 MB in Nvidia SLI 2 x 2 GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition DDR2 800 PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
4 x 150 GB Raptors (X) 10,000 RPM in Raid 0 + 1 Lite-On Black SATA Blu-Ray DVD ROM DH-4O1S-08 XP Professional 64-Bit/Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Acer Black 22" Widescreen LCD WSXGA (1680 x 1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Silverstone DA-1200-Watts Nvidia SLI Certified Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Black ATX Full Tower Razer Diamondback Blue Gaming Mouse 
Mouse Pad
QPAD CT Black Gaming Mouse Pad 
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post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by 555thz View Post
The 780i is kinda bad. The north bridge is big as **** (making it hard to fit a aftermarket fan/heatsink) on the 780i and it doesn’t have a lot of improvements over the 680i and also has a better looking . Talking about the CPU you might need it as you said you are going to do editing as much as gaming. Don’t get 1066 MHz if you are not going to overclock it. I’ve heard 1066 MHz ram is just a factory Overclocked version of 800 MHz ones.


EDIT: If u want the corsair 1066 MHz don’t get a DFI board since it is imcompatible with it.

And why is that, I heard it runs just fine on DFI
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post #10 of 16
I'd say go for the 780i, it'll be better to OC the Q6600

and on that fake sig:

GPU cooling
Stock Graphics Processing Unit VGA Cooler

Doesnt that just scream "copped from newegg"?
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