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Hello there,

After years of reading endless reviews, pros, cons, prices, whines, fanaticism on-line. I've decided it is time for me to upgrade this Q9550 (that is being horribly bottlenecked by a horrible board) to i5 2500K.

Thing is, as you can see, my rig dates way back to the DDR2 times. Gee DDR3 1600 Ram is @ the same price i bought my DDR2 back then.

I'm going for an i5 2500k, 4GB DDR3 1600, and an ASUS P67Pro board (or alike).(note i have GTX 470 SLI + Corsair HX1000)

So the question boils down to this.

Will this rig be able to handle everything (or most) i trow at it? I know i can OC the 2500k on air to amazing speeds, but is 4GB ram still considered enough? How about that board? I know Sandy is limited when it comes to PCI lanes, but will it handle GTX 470 SLI?

Thanks for reading.
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I would personally say no, get 8GB of memory. You won't have any issues with PCI lanes with SLi, You only lose like 3% performance when you drop from x16 to x8 in Sli.

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sandy bridge might bring the cost of 1336 boards and processors down, that would open you cheaper way to get a X58 setup which will out perform the sandy bridge processors. id have a look into that first.
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"Enough" RAM depends on what you are doing. For most usual tasks people do 4GB is more than enough. If you're rendering with Maya/Max, video editing, photoshop-ing, VMing OSes you'll want/need more...but most apps don't "need" that much memory.
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sandy bridge might bring the cost of 1336 boards and processors down, that would open you cheaper way to get a X58 setup which will out perform the sandy bridge processors. id have a look into that first.
I strongly doubt it. The cost of Core2Quad pricing on NewEgg hasn't changed despite being 2 sockets behind the times.

Buying on OCN Marketplac though, prices should come down a bit, and there'll probably be a flood of LGA1156/1366 hardware with all the folks moving.
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I would personally say no, get 8GB of memory.
8GB? really? id consider any more than 6gb or ram overkill for 90% of computer users. having 6gb due to triple channel, ive never needed more than 3gb on a 64bit OS
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sandy bridge might bring the cost of 1336 boards and processors down, that would open you cheaper way to get a X58 setup which will out perform the sandy bridge processors. id have a look into that first.
I understand that the X58 setup gives me the ability to have many PCI lanes, and go 3-SLI or 4-SLI but honestly i don't think i ever want to have more than 2 GPUS again. So unless the price goes down significantly, i don't see the real point. Since Intel definitely want people to buy the upcoming CPUS, and if the i7's became more cost effective than i5's it wouldn't make sense.

According to the early reviews and rumors around, it seems that the Sandy i5s are faster clock:clock than the current i7 series. It also seems that the K versions tend to overclock extremely high, as i've seen screenshots (not definite proof obviously) of the unlocked i5's and i7's going over 4.0 GHZ on air.

Would HT justify going with the current i7's or the sandy i7's over the Sandy Bridge i5's? taking in mind the premium price difference? (2600K vs 2500K)

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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post
I would personally say no, get 8GB of memory. You won't have any issues with PCI lanes with SLI, You only lose like 3% performance when you drop from x16 to x8 in Sli.

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I mainly render video, 3d, encode, and occasional gaming + extreme multitasking.

I really dislike when i have Firefox with 10 tabs, and lets say 3dsmax and the system tells me it's almost out of memory.

BUT I am also severely limited by money. So i wouldn't like to have 8GB of ram, and then end up not using it.

Also 4 x 2GB or 2 x 4 GB? And... Is DDR3 1600 the standard? Because it seems to be in the sweet spot (reminds me of DDR2 800).
Edited by ilam3d - 12/19/10 at 8:28am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ilam3d View Post

Would HT justify going with the current i7's or the sandy i7's over the Sandy Bridge i5's? taking in mind the premium price difference? (2600K vs 2500K)

PD: I mainly render video, 3d, encode, and occasional gaming.
If those are your main uses-and the softwares can utilize lots of threads, then yes. More threads will help lots.
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"Enough" RAM depends on what you are doing. For most usual tasks people do 4GB is more than enough. If you're rendering with Maya/Max, video editing, photoshop-ing, VMing OSes you'll want/need more...but most apps don't "need" that much memory.
i have found that rendering doesn't require ram with 3ds max. My cpu was at 100% all the time, but ram aint involved in the process i believe
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i have found that rendering doesn't require ram with 3ds max. My cpu was at 100% all the time, but ram aint involved in the process i believe
Hmm. Live and learn.
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