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Old April 21, 2008, 10:35 PM
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I am looking to make an upgrade from my old amd 64 3700 system to a Quad core system. I was thinking of picking up a Q6600, 4 gigs of DDR2 (not sure of brand or speed) and a 750i or 780i motherbaord (or any motherboard that will support 45nm quad cores) then down the road i could swap the Q6600 out for something more powerful. I am also not sure if i really need SLI or not.


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HD Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Monitor Philips Brilliance 202p

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Quadcore Cpu (Q6600?)
Ram Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline
Motherboard (780I?)

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Old April 22, 2008, 04:30 AM
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Did you have a ballpark budget in mind, and are you going to be overclocking?

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Old April 22, 2008, 06:02 AM
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I did months of research on my recent build. I ended up going with the 750i, it's a really solid board. I just didn't see the need for myself to go with a 780i over it, given the price and the added features I wouldn't use. The ram I ended up choosing was Mushkin Redline DDR1000 - REALLY nice stuff btw, and I price matched 4 gigs on NCIX.com and got it for 129.99! See here:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...acture=MUSHKIN

I went with a Q6600 because I received it free of charge from a buddy at Intel and it is fantastic. There has been a price drop on some Intel chips though since I got mine together so you might want to check it out. Q6600 is an awesome option but you may be able to pick up a Q9450 if it's in your price range, I probably would have had I bought the chip myself.

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Old April 22, 2008, 07:57 AM
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I don't have a set dollar value budget persay but i would like to keep this purchase as reasonably priced as possible. I wouldn't mind doing some overclocking.

That Mushkin PC2-8000 looks good, thanks encorp. will take another look at the cpu prices aswell.
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Old April 22, 2008, 08:01 AM
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Here's a link for that mem at 129.99 Canada Computers - Memory > Desktop Memory > DDR2 800 PC2-6400+ : Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit.

You could either order it from there, or if you're using NCIX.com you can price match it with that link.

There's a couple forums posts by me over in the RAM section where a bunch of the HWC guys discuss it, plus a hefty review as well on these forums :)
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Old April 22, 2008, 08:15 AM
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Here's a link for that mem at 129.99 Canada Computers - Memory > Desktop Memory > DDR2 800 PC2-6400+ : Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit.

You could either order it from there, or if you're using NCIX.com you can price match it with that link.

There's a couple forums posts by me over in the RAM section where a bunch of the HWC guys discuss it, plus a hefty review as well on these forums :)

Thanks a lot for info and the pricematch link encorp, I'll head over to the Ram section and give those threads a read asap. I'll be ordering from NCIX as I've had nothing but amazing service from them in the past.
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Old April 22, 2008, 08:37 AM
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I am looking to make an upgrade from my old amd 64 3700 system to a Quad core system. I was thinking of picking up a Q6600, 4 gigs of DDR2 (not sure of brand or speed) and a 750i or 780i motherbaord (or any motherboard that will support 45nm quad cores) then down the road i could swap the Q6600 out for something more powerful. I am also not sure if i really need SLI or not.
eVGA 750i SLI For the Win (that is actually the name of the board), check it out, great reviews. Lowest price @ DirectCanada.
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Old April 22, 2008, 03:48 PM
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what about the intel cipset boards? could i possible get something that would be a little cheaper then the nvidia boards that would allow for modest overclocks? if i could save some on the board I could more then likely purchase a Q9450.
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Old April 22, 2008, 04:10 PM
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Giga-byte GA-P35-DS3L $89.99 at NCIX
Great board for single GPU single HDD config. OC's very easily.

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...e&promoid=1008
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Yeah +1 for the DS3L board. Such a good price, and a great little board.
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