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I'm sorry for yet another "should I upgrade to..." thread. However, it has been so long since I've upgraded I'm not really sure what to do. I desperately need/want to upgrade this box. I think I am long over due.

What I have:

Celeron-D 331 (Prescott) overclocked to 3.0 GHz on an i945 chipset board with 2GB of DDR2 667. Pretty much everything here needs to be upgraded.

I'm not a super big gamer, I definitely don't like many of the FPS games, so my HD3870 video card is the only thing I will likely keep. I pretty much play MMORPG (EVE) and single player RPGs (Oblivion)

Two configs I am currently leaning towards:

Q9550 on a GigaByte UD3P with 4GB of OCZ Reaper - $530 total
i7 920 on an Asus P6T with 6GB of G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $800 total

There isn't a really big difference in price ($270) and certainly not the huge price difference that everyone was telling me about.

My power supply is a Antec EarthWatts 500W unit and should be able to handle either config as I am not running SLI and only one hard drive. It's a very efficient little PSU on top of it.

My host system is going to be Linux but I also want to start playing with some virtualization and running guest operating systems on top that include Windows. So I'm thinking the Core i7 might be better suited for this in the long run. I'm also leaning towards the Quads and have taken the C2D's out of the equation because I would like to fold with the extra cycles when available.

Thoughts or other suggestions? Thanks.
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Core i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution Sapphire HD3870 512MB GDDR4 6GB Corsair DDR3 1600 
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post #2 of 5
You made a nice choice for the i7. That is definitely what I would upgrade to. Maybe grab a 4670?
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Intel Core i7 2600K @ 4.2GHz Asus Maximus Gene V Asus DirectCU II 290x Corsair Platinum 2x8Gb 1600MHz 
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Samsung 840 EVO 500Gb, WD Black 1TB Windows 7 x64 Thermaltake 1200W Modular Silverstone TJ08 
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Intel Core i7 2600K @ 4.2GHz Asus Maximus Gene V Asus DirectCU II 290x Corsair Platinum 2x8Gb 1600MHz 
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I guess my post was pretty dumb.. the answer is quite obvious I guess.
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Core i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution Sapphire HD3870 512MB GDDR4 6GB Corsair DDR3 1600 
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WD5001AALS Antec 650W Signature Test Bench 
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Core i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution Sapphire HD3870 512MB GDDR4 6GB Corsair DDR3 1600 
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post #4 of 5
get option 1 and get a video card!
Is it in yet?
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Is it in yet?
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Western Digital Caviar Black 1000GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Cherry MY7000 Corsair TX850 
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post #5 of 5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by procpuarie View Post
get option 1 and get a video card!
I already have a video card, an HD3870 with 512MB of GDDR4
Linux Workstation
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution Sapphire HD3870 512MB GDDR4 6GB Corsair DDR3 1600 
Hard DrivePowerCase
WD5001AALS Antec 650W Signature Test Bench 
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Linux Workstation
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution Sapphire HD3870 512MB GDDR4 6GB Corsair DDR3 1600 
Hard DrivePowerCase
WD5001AALS Antec 650W Signature Test Bench 
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