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Old June 19, 2008, 08:53 PM
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Default I've got the itch...but don't know what to upgrade!

I've been helping my friend build and research a PC for the past few weeks. I'm having lots of fun with it learning even more about all the new chipsets and gpus than I normally would have. But here's the problem: browsing on NCIX makes we want to buy new gear so bad! I have reached the point where I can't go any longer, it has been months since I bought something new! However, I'm having issues with what to do. I know a lot of people would say to just hold off until Nehalem arrives, but I don't plan on making a full upgrade right now, just something to satisfy me for a little while. I wanted to go for a q9450, but as well all know the damn 680i doesn't support Yorkfield. So I would have to purchase a new motherboard as well as the cpu, and that would probably bring me up to $500 or more. Then I thought about getting a second GPU, but the 9800gtx is so cheap now, I wouldn't feel right getting another 8800gts for more than the 9800gtx. So my final option is to get an e8400 for $200 and just have some fun with it. Assuming I can push it to almost 4GHz, it would be a nice little boost for me. But is it really worth the $200 just for another 600 or 700 MHz? What are your thoughts? Any other suggestions? I wish I had taken evga up on that offer for the step up to the 780i when I had the chance...and I am paying for it now!
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Old June 19, 2008, 10:05 PM
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Get a nice Intel chipset based motherboard. Perhaps a P45 or X38/X48. Scrap that crappy NVIDIA chipset

Maybe grab 2x2GB DDR2-1000/1066 RAM as well with it, assuming you have a 64bit OS.

I think your E6750 has some more juice left in it. 3.3GHz seems kinda low.
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Old June 19, 2008, 10:20 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply. I felt that 3.3 was a bit low as well but I have been using that 24/7 for a little less than a year now and any more voltage increases and the temps would be a little too high for me. The x38s and x48s are looking great right now, and now that you mention it I could try OCing my chip on one of those and have some fun there. For some reason getting just a new board didn't even cross my mind. But how far do you really think I can push this chip on air? This is becoming an even harder decision. It's not that I am setting a budget for this upgrade but I don't want to spend a lot of money because in reality the setup I have now is fine for me if I can manage to wait until Nehalem.
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Old June 20, 2008, 08:10 AM
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Thanks for the quick reply. I felt that 3.3 was a bit low as well but I have been using that 24/7 for a little less than a year now and any more voltage increases and the temps would be a little too high for me. The x38s and x48s are looking great right now, and now that you mention it I could try OCing my chip on one of those and have some fun there. For some reason getting just a new board didn't even cross my mind. But how far do you really think I can push this chip on air? This is becoming an even harder decision. It's not that I am setting a budget for this upgrade but I don't want to spend a lot of money because in reality the setup I have now is fine for me if I can manage to wait until Nehalem.
For a customer build, on a P35 board (Asus P5K-E), I was able to do 3.6ghz on his E6750 with a TRUE. Needed about 1.4 - 1.42 vcore IIRC.

I'll let you in on a secret : I have the upgrade bug too, but the fact is, unless your computer cannot adequately perform the required tasks (gaming, media, etc) don't spend money just to spend money.

Personnaly, I'd love to buy a Q9450, or even a Q6600, but I don't really need that power. I'd love to buy a sleek DFI X48 board, but with the HD4870s coming out, I won't need crossfire...yet.

Maybe you should put some money aside regularly, and in 4-6 months, instead of doing incremental upgrades, just buy a completely new killer PC !
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From a couple reviews, it seems like the E6750 can do 3.8GHz, though of course each chip varies.

I have a 650i SLI board before but then I got this X38 and it was like night and day. The X38 was rock solid right from the start, unlike my 650i. I got the X38 before the 45nm quads were out in anticipation for them, so when the X3350 (Q9450) came out, I grabbed it.

Even once Nehalem comes out, I'll probably still continue to use my setup. I hear you can't overclock the more value based Nehalems so that will really suck and I don't have the kind of money to sink into an "extreme" edition CPU.
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Old June 20, 2008, 08:47 AM
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Thanks for the replies. Synth you are absolutely right about only spending money when I need to. It just burns a hole in my pocket when it comes to this stuff though! I could always use some more FPS...but I can't justify the price of a GTX280. I'll wait to see what the 260 and the HD4870 can offer. Perhaps I'll revisit overclocking my e6750...
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I'll let you in on a secret : I have the upgrade bug too, but the fact is, unless your computer cannot adequately perform the required tasks (gaming, media, etc) don't spend money just to spend money.

Personnaly, I'd love to buy a Q9450, or even a Q6600, but I don't really need that power. I'd love to buy a sleek DFI X48 board, but with the HD4870s coming out, I won't need crossfire...yet.

Maybe you should put some money aside regularly, and in 4-6 months, instead of doing incremental upgrades, just buy a completely new killer PC !
Priceless advice
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Old June 20, 2008, 08:17 PM
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I always have that itch too. Even with my paintball gun to. I just like buying stuff because I want something better or I get bored and want something new to play with.

Anyways if you feel like you don't need to upgrade then don't. Your rig is very good and should handle pretty much everything.
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Yup...same advice my girlfriend gives me...
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