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post #11 of 36
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im still not sure yet!@
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post #12 of 36
I believe all X58 boards will support SLI and CrossFire. Don't quote me on this, though.

For either processor, I believe you will have to purchase a new motherboard, so it's basically an entirely new system.

Personally, I would do as others suggested and buy your video card of choice first, whether it be a 4850, 9800 GTX+ or what have you. That's easily the best upgrade you make for your rig for under $200.

Save up your money and wait until Deneb comes out. Early reports say it will compete with i7. By the time Deneb comes out, mainstream Nehalem processors will be on the market. I believe these will be an entirely different socket than the Bloomfield ones currently on the market and they will be completely locked. In other words, no overclocking. Hopefully this makes them cheaper.

Another advantage to waiting? Prices will only go down even further. That $330 Q9550 might fall under $300 by then. That $300 920 might be around $275.
post #13 of 36
I'm waiting to see a side by side comparison with the deneb before deciding on the i7. Whichever performs better will be my next upgrade (which will be effectively a new build I think).

I agree with the graphics upgrade for now suggestion. I think it will really make a difference to your system for sure.

The upgrade to i7 say will be a costly one I think, same can be said to a lesser extent for the deneb.
post #14 of 36
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comparatively by rigs.

the i7 rig that i set up was close to 1,200$ USD

vs a q9550 thats 835 something like that

this is barebones mind you

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post #15 of 36
is the extra $400 easily justifiable or are you on a tight budget?
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post #16 of 36
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CORE i7 BAREBONE

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model WIN3X40961600C7DHXIN - Retail

subtotal : $1,248.97




the q9550 rig.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
( i liek ati go figure)

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 - Retail


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

UPDATE subtotal $824.95

i'd like to think im goin with decent parts.. i have built a decent amount of rigs.. and just cuz i have been out of the loop doesnt mean i dont remember what ram timings are for
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post #17 of 36
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actually i look at it and the only real uppage is memory bandwidth...which is about time.

this dood posted on here earlier the throughput of dual and tri channel rams on core i7

and on quad core all those cores making ram requests and all those complicated thingies.

id think thats important.

i was using a dual quad at work with 4 gigs of ram.. slow.. yeah i said it. slow

i can only assume it was the ram choke. rendering that thing was a beast.
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post #18 of 36
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i think the extra 400 bux doesnt rly justify it just yet. lets hope amd and the obama can make the amd and the economy make a comeback.
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post #19 of 36
x58 supports crossfire on most boards,
My new i7 build is from a 478 socket so it makes sense to get 1366 rather than 775 as it is a dream machine build.

Would the q5550 be compatible with your current motherboard?
post #20 of 36
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my board was one of the "flagship conroe boards:" in other words.. ieh suck!

so its gotta go.i do believe it supports my quad but that quad is a 1333 base
quad my mobo is 800 - 1066fsb base bleah
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