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Ok i have a black ops x48

the second memory channel has gone faulty so its either a new m/b or new build. now a little stuck for cash as it is so id perfer a cheap solution. was tempted by an I7 but if i get an x58 means new ram. what are my other options its been ages since i have done research into whats new and good. im open to an amd or intel build. but i never even got to push my qx9650 which sucks.

also if i do a new build means a new water block for the cpu so costs go up again.
a right pain. so a little help would be great thanks guys.
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In my opinion, considering the CPU you have it may be more interesting to get a sk 775 motherboard... or to use the current one in single channel mode. Using the board in single channel would bring a performance penalty between 0 and 20-30% depending on the app, so probably a new board is in order. My advice goes for a second hand P45 board, something like the Gigabyte EP45 series (DR3R, UD4P, etc) as they are pretty reliable and OC quads very well.

The alternative from AMD isn't that interesting as only the Phenom II x6 are better, the X4s are on par w/ high end sk 775. Intel's SB could be interesting as it would bring a performance boost, but the total cost (2500k+4GB DDR3+P67 mobo) is around 500$ - it depends on your willingness to spend. Intel's sk 1366 (x58) is a dead end imho, for pretty much any task sk1155 (p67) CPUs are faster.

So my take is to either run the board in single channel and see how it goes as compared to benches of DC-enabled motherboards, or to buy a 50$ P45 board to allow you to push your CPU a bit as it's far from being obsolete.
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iv been trying to find a p45 second hand not many around over here. the plus point is i wouldnt need new ram as it is a ddr3 board i have anyway. i have been reading up on the sb didnt realise they were going to be as good as they are im shocked thought it was a lowend / gimick having a grapics chip built on to it i guess im wrong

i was thinking the x1090t x6 if anything.

so proper upgrade sb chip and m/b or second hand p45 if i can find one or x48 as i may have one lined up we shall see or stick with it till i can upgrade
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after much contemplation were going to try and push this chip as far as i can on my poor board.
seeing as it hasnt been stable in dual channel for along time now i know why lol.
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also if i do a new build means a new water block for the cpu so costs go up again.
a right pain. so a little help would be great thanks guys.

Why? your cpu blocks fine at worst you may need to buy a mounting kit for it.

If you can hold off and stay single chan for a while wait a little and see what bull dozer is going to do performance and price wise, or go sandy?
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In my opinion, considering the CPU you have it may be more interesting to get a sk 775 motherboard... or to use the current one in single channel mode. Using the board in single channel would bring a performance penalty between 0 and 20-30% depending on the app, so probably a new board is in order. My advice goes for a second hand P45 board, something like the Gigabyte EP45 series (DR3R, UD4P, etc) as they are pretty reliable and OC quads very well.

The alternative from AMD isn't that interesting as only the Phenom II x6 are better, the X4s are on par w/ high end sk 775. Intel's SB could be interesting as it would bring a performance boost, but the total cost (2500k+4GB DDR3+P67 mobo) is around 500$ - it depends on your willingness to spend. Intel's sk 1366 (x58) is a dead end imho, for pretty much any task sk1155 (p67) CPUs are faster.

So my take is to either run the board in single channel and see how it goes as compared to benches of DC-enabled motherboards, or to buy a 50$ P45 board to allow you to push your CPU a bit as it's far from being obsolete.
Agree with him , just buy a second hand MOB that will match you CPU and that's it...
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