Originally Posted by TheWolfe
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:
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