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Thinking of getting an i7

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Hey, my friend just showed me the i7's in the Tigerdirect magazine, and i'm thinking of switching it out for my Extreme. Would i have to get a new Mobo?
And would i need liquid cooling.
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yes you would need a new mobo an x58 board, the i7's atm use socket 1366 instead of 775 and liquid cooling is not aquired they clock pretty high on air alone you would be looking at around 800-1000$ without shipping and tax for this upgrade if you get a 920
note the boards only support ddr3 so new memory aswell the price above is including the memory btw lol
Edited by mr. biggums - 12/19/08 at 11:11pm
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Meh thats another 300$
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intel defiently make going to i7 cheap, newmobo+cpu+memory = to much for me lol especially considering the mobo's are all like 300$ except 2 of them i believe no clue on pricing of ddr3 atm though, you would want to get a tri channel kit since the i7 builds support it
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New CPU, MB and RAM, you're looking at $650 minimum..
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clock your current processor higher, and then upgrade your gpu's. since you have the unlocked multi, the limitations that an nvidia chipset would normally place on your yorkfield are null.

you could also look at switching to AMD and their upcoming 45nm stuff, but that would honestly be more of a side-grade than an upgrade. and honestly, for someone who just games, going from yorkfield to nehalem will also be a side-grade(they are not clocking higher and they only show significant performance gains in server-type uses).
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In order to get a good i7 set up, mobo will be $300, CPU $300, RAM at least $100. If I were you, since you already have a good CPU, (and i7 isn't that much better for gaming, especially compared to your processor) I'd buy new graphics cards. Maybe wait until the GTX 295 comes out.
    
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Yeh I agree with the upgrading of the Video Cards idea. A 4870x2 would do great in your system, as Phantom said the GTX295 isn't far away either so also look out for that.

Just wondering as I looked through your system specs, your monitor looks a little old? A 24"/26" or if you don't feel the need for such a big screen a screen like my T2200HD or the E2200HD (both 22's) support 1920x1080 natively and are great monitors.

Anyway, whichever way you go good luck with your purchases
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