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Old March 17, 2008, 11:51 AM
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Question Spring Break upgrade delema

It's finally spring break, which means 2 weeks of free time! (Between sleeping and working part time).
Free time means trying something new, which will (hopefully) be water cooling. But first I want to update my system, so I'm not wasting my water cooling on older parts.

My budget for the upgrades and water cooling gear is about $900 after taxes.
I'm currently running this:
e6600 @ stock w/ Tuniq Tower
Asus P5B
3x1Gb Mushkin DDR2-800
7950Gt 256mb w/ Zalman after market cooler.
Enermax Liberty 500W
2x 250Gb hard drives
CM 690 (full of stock fans and 3x Noctua NF-P12s)

My dilemma lies in what is worthy of an upgrade.
I was thinking that I would upgrade my motherboard and case to a better overclocking board and a water cooling friendly case.
The PSU and video card will get their turn probably around mid to late April when Nvidia and Ati have hopefully released something new.

Any ideas on what is worthy of an upgrade?
Thanks in advance!
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Old March 17, 2008, 07:10 PM
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After doing some looking around I've managed to narrow my choices down to the following motherboards:

Asus Maximius Formula (x38)
Asus P5E (x38)
DFI X38-T2R (x38)
P5N-T (780i)
EVGA 780i

I cant decide whether to go with a Crossfire board or an SLI board, I eventually want to run dual cards, but I dont know who would give me a better price/performance ratio...
I'm kind of leaning towards the ATI side because their next generation of cards look sick, but Nvidia usually has more stable drivers...:help:
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Old March 17, 2008, 07:54 PM
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I would try overclocking on air first, If your not happy with the results then by all means go for water.

I am running a Q6600 G0 at 3.2ghz with water cooling and I can get the same on air, a little hotter mind you but still not bad.
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Old March 17, 2008, 07:59 PM
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Kind of a difficult time for a major upgrade as there are new boards on the horizon. That said

I personally would prefer one of the ASUS boards as the bios is user friendly and they perform well. The DFI board has hardcore written all over it.

Id also look at watercooling for now and go for a cpu loop that can be extended to other components as needed (see the vortex solution and recent WC questions for good 200+ kits. You might want a better radiator if you are going all out water-cooling.

As for case?????

Also wait for the Q9450 to be released.
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Old March 17, 2008, 08:36 PM
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Thanks guys!
I was looking into water cooling because it's uncharted territory for me, and I want to explore something new this spring break.
I was thinking the same thing magic, a simple loop for just the cpu, then add the video card(s) when I get them, which will be some time in april.

I've been reading about the X48 and 790i boards and they seem to yield small improvements over their counterparts. Toms looked into X38 vs X48

I guess the next big thing is 780i vs X38?
I'm leaning towards X38 because I've heard many more good things about them then the 780i boards.

As for the case, I'm at a loss of what I should get. My case choices always seemto prove to be mediocre. That being said all of my cases have been under $100...
I'm looking for something that is water cooling friendly, good lookin' and quiet...
So far I've looked at the TJ-07/09 and the Cosmos.

Thanks again guys!
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Old March 17, 2008, 09:28 PM
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I'm not sure what I'd do with my money, but with your money, I'd say bet on the X48 with Crossfire! ;-)
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Any idea when the X48's are due out?
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It will be this month
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Yup, and then potentially a 3870X2+3870 in crossfireX, or wait for the 4xxx cards, should be really good, seeing what we are with CrossfireX.


With the proc you have, I'd say it isn't really worth an upgrade at this time, because like they said there isn't really much out that trumps what you've got by enough to warrant spending 1/4 of your total budget, you'd be better off with a sick new gpu imo. I say, OC that E6600, watercool it, and make the loop able to accept some gpus, and maybe get an X48 board if you really must(I would lean towards the X38, just cause the changes don't seem worth waiting imo, but wait for them to come out, I could be wrong, and the new tech will just lower prices on the older anyway).
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Thermaltake armor is ready for WC and is freakin' huge - more than enough room.

New tech makes old tech cheaper, until old tech stock runs low and prices spike (which is why a pentium-III CPU is more expensive than my e2180...)
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