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Hello
Im going to upgrade my rig, and needed some help on motherboards.

Im going with..

Intel QX9650/9770
8GB DDR3 RAM ( I will buy correct ram to suit the motherboard )
1X ATI 4870X2
I will be using my own sound card

Would you guys go with the XFX Nforce 790i?

Please advise

I will not be overclocking
post #2 of 16
if you are going ati I would not get an nvidia board cause you might want to go crossfire down the road, get the foxconn blackops instead.
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Um if you are spending that much money please build an i7 rig. X58 boards support CF and SLI.

Core i7 965 or 940
Rampage II Extreme
6GB Corsair DDR3 1600MHz
4870X2

And it is absolutely painful that you will have a rig like this and not overclock. I think I just shed a tear...
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 12/14/08 at 1:35am
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Originally Posted by MCBrown.CA View Post
Um if you are spending that much money please build an i7 rig. X58 boards support CF and SLI.

Core i7 965 or 940
Rampage II Extreme
6GB Corsair DDR3 1600MHz
4870X2

And it is absolutely painful that you will have a rig like this and not overclock. I think I just shed a tear...
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post #5 of 16
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I have never overclocked before, not a fan of water cooling. I may be able to try air though, any ideas on a good cpu fan ( One with a blue led on if possible ) Is there much difference with i7 compared to qx9770? Im mainly gonna be using it for gaming at 2560x1600 and movies
post #6 of 16
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I have never overclocked before, not a fan of water cooling. I may be able to try air though, any ideas on a good cpu fan ( One with a blue led on if possible ) Is there much difference with i7 compared to qx9770? Im mainly gonna be using it for gaming at 2560x1600 and movies
i7 architecture is 20-25% faster than Core2 architecture clock-for-clock, so yes, there is a big difference.

4870X2 comes with an adequate(?) heat-sink/fan assembly, but I dont think you will find an air cooler for this GPU with a blue-LED fan unless you find a HS that you can use 120mm fans with...

Honestly, couldn't you just get a Q9550/Q9650, save ~$1000 and call it a day?
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 12/14/08 at 1:45am
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post #7 of 16
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I was thinking of Q9550 but you can get some good deals on QX9770 on ebay for nearly the same price
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Um if you are spending that much money please build an i7 rig. X58 boards support CF and SLI.

Core i7 965 or 940
Rampage II Extreme
6GB Corsair DDR3 1600MHz
4870X2

And it is absolutely painful that you will have a rig like this and not overclock. I think I just shed a tear...
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This.
Seconded.
    
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post #9 of 16
I think you should also go with a Core i7, You won't be disappointed with the performance it offers I know I wasn't.

You also don't even have to go with the 965 or 940, I went with the 920 and it overclocks great. I have it at 3.8Ghz stable.
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This.
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Originally Posted by MCBrown.CA View Post
Um if you are spending that much money please build an i7 rig. X58 boards support CF and SLI.

Core i7 965 or 940
Rampage II Extreme
6GB Corsair DDR3 1600MHz
4870X2

And it is absolutely painful that you will have a rig like this and not overclock. I think I just shed a tear...
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Originally Posted by Choggs396 View Post
Seconded.
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Originally Posted by Korben View Post
I think you should also go with a Core i7, You won't be disappointed with the performance it offers I know I wasn't.

You also don't even have to go with the 965 or 940, I went with the 920 and it overclocks great. I have it at 3.8Ghz stable.
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