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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
I'll simply point out that people have, on this forum, been saying this in excess of 6+ months. According to everything we have heard-it shouldn't be much longer than 2-4 months for both CPUs and boards...but if delays of any sort happen, that waiting period could be greatly exacerbated.
Yes, I agree. I know that BD timeline is not set in concrete. However, waiting is the preferred choice, mainly because BD CPU is likely not backwards compatible with AM3 motherboards.

Secondly, using the OPs system as a reference, If the OP wants a PhenomII, then he should likely go for a Q9xxx CPU. I feel a PhenomII setup is just not that great of an improvement over a Q9xxx processor. it's probably a little cheaper with just a CPU: Q9xxx instead of both a PhenomII 9xx or 1xxxT and a AM3 motherboard.
post #12 of 22
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So, bottom line:

i7: Too good and too expensive, no need to get it now
Phenom II: Not enough of an upgrade
AMD BD: No sorted out yet, wait
Qxxx: Nice upgrade, somewhat expensive
i5: Cheaper alternative to Qxxx, good board options

By dual channel, do you mean it's 4(4x1 or 2x2) slots as oppose to 6(6x1 or 3x2)?
Or do you mean it accepts DDR2 and that's one less thing to mess with?

My ram is really bad. It's such bad timing (800) that it's limiting my OCing (it's 2.8 atm but I've heard with my board I could easily hit 3.2+)

So I kind of WANT to upgrade to DDR3 1600 ram.

Lastly, I'll probably be trying to get these parts on the For Sale section here to avoid full price on newegg. I don't see many people selling Qxxxs or i5s :/
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post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
So, bottom line:

i7: Too good and too expensive, no need to get it now
Phenom II: Not enough of an upgrade
AMD BD: No sorted out yet, wait
Qxxx: Nice upgrade, somewhat expensive
i5: Cheaper alternative to Qxxx, good board options

By dual channel, do you mean it's 4(4x1 or 2x2) slots as oppose to 6(6x1 or 3x2)?
Or do you mean it accepts DDR2 and that's one less thing to mess with?

My ram is really bad. It's such bad timing (800) that it's limiting my OCing (it's 2.8 atm but I've heard with my board I could easily hit 3.2+)

So I kind of WANT to upgrade to DDR3 1600 ram.

Lastly, I'll probably be trying to get these parts on the For Sale section here to avoid full price on newegg. I don't see many people selling Qxxxs or i5s :/
When saying "dual-channel", most people refer to having to only buy pairs of RAM sticks (cheaper) in comparison to when they say "triple-channel" when they mean having to buy RAM sticks in triplets (more expensive).

In practice just about any 1366 board with 6 RAM slots can take RAM in either pairs or triplets...whether the RAM is sold in pairs or triplets is irrelevant. The binning can be just as inconsistent in both. My P6X58D-E for example has valid RAM configurations for 2, 3, 4, and 6 RAM sticks IIRC.

1600mHz DDR3 ain't necessarily that expensive. I have a set of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231193

I used before the Geil sticks in my sig (those 3 Geil sticks were from 2 dual-channel kits BTW). I'll probably sell the Geil sticks in my sig and buy another 2 sets of that GSkill for 12GB.
Edited by Skripka - 2/5/11 at 8:38pm
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If you upgrade to DDR3 check your motherboard to see if it supports it
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I love my i7 but if you want just a upgrade to help gaming a q9550 or a9650 and some better ram would do you good. I don't notice a big differnce in games from a q9550 at 4ghz to a i7 at 4.2-4.4ghz. And ram is really cheap now my pi ram i paid 160 for 6 months ago is now only 110 bucks the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P does not support dd3 ram only ddr2.
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post #16 of 22
Depends if you're going to further upgrade your system afterwards, or are you going to upgrade and then not bother for the next however-many-years.

eg.
1155 will have new processors in the next couple of years compatible with mobo
1156/1366 will not

Having a budget in mind of how much you would like to spend in total will give us much better ideas of what we should be suggesting =]
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Depends if you're going to further upgrade your system afterwards, or are you going to upgrade and then not bother for the next however-many-years.

eg.
1155 will have new processors in the next couple of years compatible with mobo
1156/1366 will not

Having a budget in mind of how much you would like to spend in total will give us much better ideas of what we should be suggesting =]
1155 will have a new cpu but it will mean nothing to a overclocker cause those already have to get a unlocked cpu and the 1155 will never get anything faster then a quad core with ht the ones with more cores are going to ivybridge.
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post #18 of 22
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It all depends on how much I can get from selling my sig rig.

If I go for a quad, all I need to do is sell my cpu. But if I upgrade to i7, then I'll sell cpu, ram, and motherboard.
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post #19 of 22
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1155 will have a new cpu but it will mean nothing to a overclocker cause those already have to get a unlocked cpu and the 1155 will never get anything faster then a quad core with ht the ones with more cores are going to ivybridge.
What makes you so certain that 1155 will not get a hexa core at some point in its lifetime?
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I'm pretty sure it was said LGA 1155 will receive ivybridge and more cores. At least, that's what the many results on google say.
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