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I'm planning to upgrade my mobo into either a EP45-UD3P or EP45-DS3R. I dunno which is better but I'm thinking of the UD3P. Here's my question, is it worth to upgrade and invest on a 775 mobo or just save more money and grab i7 rig?
 

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Well, your E8400 is still a pretty good processor, if your planning on doing video encoding or heavy tasking a i7 will be a good investment. If your doing general use like internet browsing or gaming your E8400 is sufficient enough. And yes, a P45 board is a good idea, I had one and it was great.
 

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i would wait for i5/i7

sure the ud3p will push your e8400 to 4.0 or more but you would need a better cooler and besides its still a dual core

i dont think it makes sense to dump cash into a 775 platform right now

if you are itching to upgrade consider a 5850 or better graphics card or a good SSD
 

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I would grab a UD3, they are great OC'rs and you should be able to get to 4.0 or better with that E8400...

If you have plans and a time frame in which you could afford i5/i7 upgrade then that wuld change my opinion..

Say within the next 4-6 months you could do it, then wait. If its going to take longer than 6 months, just grab a UD3, probly can find one in the F/S section here for under 100 bucks...
 

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planning to upgrade to 1366 and i7 when I get enough cash and when my current rig become sluggish enough to play newer future games.
 

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but saving more for an i7 rig would be more cost effective than having some pit stops with socket 775 boards.
 

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hmm... guess i'll be saving for an i7 then.. but i have one last question, whats the big difference of the EP45-DS3R and the UD3P? aside from the SB and NB heatsinks?
 

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Don't how upgrading your motherboard will do you much good. Definitely better off just saving for a new platform. Stick with what you have, will serve you at least another year maybe even more.
 
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