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I'm going to be buying a PC within a month (about time, just look at my current PC!) and I can't decide on this one thing. I have about $1500 max (but less is better!) to spend between the processor motherboard and ram, and its come down to these options for me:

QX9650 + 8GB DDR2-1066 (2 Kits) + DFI LP X48-T2R

or

Q6700 + 4GB DDR3-2000 (2 Kits) + EVGA 790i

or

2x E5410 + 12GB Buffered DDR2-800 (6 Kits) + Asus Z7S


The reason I'm staying away from the P35 and other older chipsets is because I will be upgrading my current raid card to an Areca 1220 so I need a second x8 or x16 slot, along with 4 velociraptors. Maybe with the 3rd choice I can find a faster card for the PCI-X slot though. Unless of course someone can point out an SAS solution that will be faster for the same price, because I havent found one.

Also, SLI/Crossfire makes no difference. I only run at 1280x1024 and I probably will until my CRT breaks down or burns in, so staying with one card is good enough for me. I do already have the GFX Card (8800GTS)/PSU/Case/CD Drives/etc, so the only debate is with these.
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What is the objective of the computer? Video editting, gaming, other?
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What is the objective of the computer? Video editting, gaming, other?
Mostly gaming, but I do also do a little bit of video/picture/audio editing. Nothing major though.
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Then I'd probably go with the second combination if I were you (790i). I just think the others are just overkill (taboo around here, I know). And that doesn't mean the second combination is bad. It outperforms my system by a lot and I'm more than content with my gaming, video editting, and photo editting capabilities. Every game runs on highest, save for Crysis of course.
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Then I'd probably go with the second combination if I were you (790i). I just think the others are just overkill (taboo around here, I know). And that doesn't mean the second combination is bad. It outperforms my system by a lot and I'm more than content with my gaming, video editting, and photo editting capabilities. Every game runs on highest, save for Crysis of course.
I agree with you, except I think they are ALL overkill, lol. But thats exactly the point. I want something I can run comfortably for the next 3-4 years or so, upgrading only the video card along the way when I have to (which should probably be only once). But yeah, thats why I'm looking for the best option possible.
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True. I am just struggling thinking how option 1 and 3 would be better than option 2 right now and in the future. Might have to look at gaming requirements a couple years ago and compare the technology needed then with this technology and what might be relevant in the future. It's hard.

Like for my system right now, I only see maybe getting another 2gb of ram in a couple of years as my next upgrade. I know the 5200+ is aging and only a 2.60ghz, but it has dealt with everything thrown at it so far. And I don't see much coming out in the next year or so that would be challenging for it or the 8800gts for that matter.

I may be way off, but then again I don't go crazy over benchmarks either.
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if you was giving me the option i would take 3 with 8gb ty v much.

that should see you out for a good couple of years if you upgrade your gpu in that time.


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only thing is im sure you need fbdimms on that board???
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Second option. Or even Q6700+780i+DDR2-1000/1066 should be fine. Extra $500 may gain few percentages of performance.
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True. I am just struggling thinking how option 1 and 3 would be better than option 2 right now and in the future. Might have to look at gaming requirements a couple years ago and compare the technology needed then with this technology and what might be relevant in the future. It's hard.

Like for my system right now, I only see maybe getting another 2gb of ram in a couple of years as my next upgrade. I know the 5200+ is aging and only a 2.60ghz, but it has dealt with everything thrown at it so far. And I don't see much coming out in the next year or so that would be challenging for it or the 8800gts for that matter.

I may be way off, but then again I don't go crazy over benchmarks either.
I tried looking at the jump in power needed for games like you said, theres just one problem. Never before in history did it matter how many threads a game would have. I am pretty sure that future games will probably support fully utilizing 4 cores since its already very common, but I am unsure if they would support up to 8. If I knew for a fact that they would, I'd go for the dual processor option in a heartbeat. But if they stick to 4 then a single QX9650 would probably be best.

Also the only ram requirements that got changed were the amount of ram - not the speed. So again, I'm not sure if doubling the processor speed is better than tripling or quadrupling the ram speed.

Maybe I should go to that gypsy down the street and ask her to look into her crystal ball or something
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if you was giving me the option i would take 3 with 8gb ty v much.

that should see you out for a good couple of years if you upgrade your gpu in that time.


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only thing is im sure you need fbdimms on that board???
yeah, if you look at the 12gig setup those are ECC fbdimms
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