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I will have about $700 to spend on my rig in about a week or so. I'm just curious what you guys would do in my situation. If I make the move to the Sandy Bridge platform, I'm looking at a 2500k, descent clocking board and some DDR3. Everything else would be carried over from my current system. I am guessing about $600, $250 for the 2500k, $250 for the board, and $100 for the RAM. My other option I have thought of is to take that money, and dump it into my 775 setup. It kind of sounds stupid upgrading an platform that's being phased out, but I could get a Q9550 with its 12MB L2, and maybe another GTX 460 for SLI, and a GTS 450 for physics. Now honestly, what would you guys do? Maybe something else entirely?
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Well there's DDR3 RAM sales on NewEgg today and tonight...and you don't really need to dump $250 into a board for the 2500K. You could probably SB for less than $500 if you play your cards right.
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I would go for SB. 700 dollars is more than enough to cover all of those expenses now that DDR3 is around half of what it used to be. Even another 460 would be in the realm of possibility.

You can sell your old components as well and fetch a decent amount.
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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
Well there's DDR3 RAM sales on NewEgg today and tonight...and you don't really need to dump $250 into a board for the 2500K. You could probably SB for less than $500 if you play your cards right.
Still, what would be better in regard to gaming performance? 2500k and a GTX 460, or a Q9550 and GTX 460 SLI? I know the latter is stronger, that's why it's a tough decision to make. And DDR3 is the least of my worries since RAM is cheap, I just said $100 cause I want good stuff and at least as much as I am running now. And I would need a descent SLI board for the SB, that's the last place I'd want to cheap out on. I am really thinking the only thing comparing to the Q9550 + GTX 460 SLI option would be to buy an i7 chip, new mobo, DDR3, and another GTX 460. That would put me way over budget. I'd rather not sell any parts, I have a few rigs I could put together if I kept them. Parts usually get more use than they would be worth if I sold them. I'd only get $30 or $40 for each part, and I spend something like $300 on this motherboard when it came out. The only thing worth anything is the GPU and the PSU, which I would be keeping.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 12/30/10 at 6:02pm
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Sell the old components and go for SB. I doubt that your motherboard can clock a quad very well, taking the fun out of it, the only reason I would do it.
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UD4 looks like the best budget overclocking boards for SB.
    
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What are the reasons for going to SB? I understand it's new and all, but are you guys really saying I'll see a performance increase when it comes to gaming? It would only cost me $500 to grab the Q9550 and another GTX 460 with current prices. The 2500k is supposed to be $210 or whatever, so about $250 where I live, plus tax. Any descent clocking motherboard with 3 PCI-e slots supporting SLI is going to be somewhat expensive, and it's a requirement for me, well, at least two slots. MUCH prefer three. Looks are important in a motherboard for me, as needless as that sounds. And I need at least 6GB's of DDR3 to be an upgrade, so about $100 after taxes or so. So I really can't see moving to SB be near as cost efficient for less performance. I'm over $500 with the SB option without the added GTX 460. Also, no SLI hack, I don't trust it to be reliable with new drivers and such.

EDIT - also, looking at benchmarks, the Q9550 is just trailing the i7 920, both at stock. So 2.83GHz 12MB vs. 2.66GHz 8MB, and the i7 still is a little faster most cases. I just looked at a 3DMark06 bench that actually put the Q9550 on top of the i7 920 in the overall score. So it's really a good CPU still for gaming with it's massive amount of cache.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 12/30/10 at 6:19pm
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What are the reasons for going to SB? I understand it's new and all, but are you guys really saying I'll see a performance increase when it comes to gaming? It would only cost me $500 to grab the Q9550 and another GTX 460 with current prices. The 2500k is supposed to be $210 or whatever, so about $250 where I live, plus tax. Any descent clocking motherboard with 3 PCI-e slots supporting SLI is going to be somewhat expensive, and it's a requirement for me, well, at least two slots. MUCH prefer three. Looks are important in a motherboard for me, as needless as that sounds. And I need at least 6GB's of DDR3 to be an upgrade, so about $100 after taxes or so. So I really can't see moving to SB be near as cost efficient for less performance. I'm over $500 with the SB option without the added GTX 460. Also, no SLI hack, I don't trust it to be reliable with new drivers and such.

EDIT - also, looking at benchmarks, the Q9550 is just trailing the i7 920, both at stock. So 2.83GHz 12MB vs. 2.66GHz 8MB, and the i7 still is a little faster most cases. I just looked at a 3DMark06 bench that actually put the Q9550 on top of the i7 920 in the overall score. So it's really a good CPU still for gaming with it's massive amount of cache.
Maybe in Source games but not today's games. Notice the absence of the Q on there?

    
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Maybe in Source games but not today's games. Notice the absence of the Q on there?
Just because it's not used in a comparison does not mean anything about its performance really. Just means they didn't compare it. It beat every AMD X4 in the review I seen that did compare it, as well as the i5 in most cases. Does anyone not have some benefits of making the switch? It does not seem worth the extra money to me, and the only responses I am getting are basically saying, "Go SB dude" with no reasoning to back it up.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 12/30/10 at 9:10pm
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If your going to run 3 cards id go for a system with more pci-e lanes... Or just get 2 powerful cards.. 8x8 is bad enough but 4x4x4 is really bad.
    
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