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Looking into doing a reasonable sized upgrade to my system this christmas with the goals of not spending "Too" much, but obviously spending enough to warrant the upgrade.

I've looked over several threads on different AMD/Intel CPU/MB/RAM combinations and trying to determine the best upgrades for the prices and the performance I'm looking for.


My current specs as follows (To the best of my knowledge).

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ @ 3.3ghz (220x15 @ 1.4v) Stock HS
Motherboard: Asus M2N32-SLI DELUXE nForce 570SLI (SPP190(C51XE)) bios 2101
PSU: Silverstone ST85ZF 850W
Memory: Corsair (CM2X1024-6400C4) (4 x 1GB) 2.1v
Graphics: 2x EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB (g80) in Sli @ (612/945/1417)
Display: NEC 20WMGX2-BK 20.1in @ 1680x1050 60hz
Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS

The dilemma I've reached thusfar is my current Graphics implementation which involves 2x8800GTSs in SLI and I'm not sure the CPU upgrades I'm looking at offer the biggest boost in performance vs a single slot GPU and possibly less costly CPU. The primary uses I'm involved with atm is Emulation which is CPU Dependant such as Dolphin(GC/Wii) & PCSX2(PS2) as well as the occasional FPS/RTS.

The MAX I'm going to be able to spend is in the price range of 600-700 Total. Quad Core or more is mandatory.

So what I've looked at so far are processors such as Phenom 9950 (Could use existing MB), q6600, q9950, i7 920. The choice obviously depending on cost vs amount of performance I could get out of these with a modest Air OC.

Seems a lot of people are getting good results from the EP45-UD3P with q9950s. That to me would be a decent OC to shoot for something like a solid 4ghz with a TRUE. The problem arises being that it doesn't support SLI.. is there any recommended alternative that could reach the speeds needed easily enough to hit 4ghz? and would support SLI of course.

Again I could be looking totally in the wrong direction, perhaps should drop the idea of SLI altogether since these cards are beginning to be outdated.. go for the EP45-UD3P anyway and use 1 of the GTS's ATM and perhaps upgrade the video card at a later time when prices drop. (Another question is how my OC'd cards in SLI compare to say a single 280gtx or a 4870x2.

Really lost atm with what to do... any advice would be appreciated for possible alternatives or confirmations etc..
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 [4.0@1.23v] [4.2@1.32v] ASUS P6T-Deluxe [v1] EVGA GTX 480 SC+ [850/2000@1.100v] OCZ Gold DDR3 [3x2GB] [1600@8-8-8-24-1N] 
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OCZ Vertex 2e (120GB) SSD 
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i7 930 [4.0@1.23v] [4.2@1.32v] ASUS P6T-Deluxe [v1] EVGA GTX 480 SC+ [850/2000@1.100v] OCZ Gold DDR3 [3x2GB] [1600@8-8-8-24-1N] 
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CPU---> Q9550 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115041

Mobo---> EVGA 780i ftw http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188027

But yeah, if youre planning to drop your SLI the EP45 UD3P is a GREAT board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128358

Check out this thread: http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...ing-guide.html

I sure can recommend the EP45-UD3P to any OCer.

*edit* Forgot this: Welcome to OCN! And remember to fill in your system specs in your userCP.
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