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Old November 4, 2008, 07:13 AM
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OK, guys it was a hectic week but I found a local store(about a 15 minute walk actually!!!) that has lots of enthusiast gear. So this is what I am going to get I think, Just a couple of questions.

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Mushkin Ascent 4 gig kit ddr2-1000

This is where I am a bit stuck. I was thinking about getting the P5Q pro that was recommended here, but Gigabyte just released a board that looks good called the EP45-UD3P that looks really good. Any thoughts on these 2 boards?

Also it looks like this place does not have the sunbeam cooler I was looking for so is the Vandetta 2 also good? Looks like that is about the best cooler they have. Of if any of you have a recommendation that you know fits on the P5Q let me know. I think I will be going today to get the parts!!! WooHoo!!!

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Old November 4, 2008, 07:43 AM
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Both coolers will fit your Mobo no problem the Vendetta 2 is a HWC favorite so you cant go wrong there...The Gigabyte board does have a couple features that are nice but not to incredibly useful the important thing is they are both P45 boards and both have 2 PCI Express 2.0 slots one running at x16 and one running at X8 so the GPU performance should be the same, I guess whichever is cheaper or whichever you may prefer...essenstialy your looking at the same board as far as standard features go.

The Mushkin Redlines PC8000 are a good call

the Q9400 isn't to shabby it's only mildly clocked below the Q6600 but in the new 45nm CPU's however the higher multiplier on the Q6600 would likely get you more OC room...if your going to the 45nm start at the Q9450 and move up from there.
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Old November 4, 2008, 07:46 AM
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If they have a Q9450 I'd personally take a cpu with a larger cache if you're trying to future proof a little.

The ram is a perfect set you can't go wrong with the Ascents.

The Gigabyte you are looking is pretty nice read the review here: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P P45 Motherboard Review personally I'd be likely to choose it over the P5Q, but thats me.

The choice between the Vendetta2 and sunbeam core contact is negligible, personally if the Vendetta2 is all they have I wouldn't be upset choosing it. My only concern is the difficulty you might have mounting it, its a little difficult so I have heard.
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Old November 4, 2008, 07:50 AM
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No Q9450 will be coming to this store or any stores from what I can gather. This store has lots of Q6XX units. For some reason I had not even looked at them at all. From what I can read the only difference in the 9400 vs 9450 is the L2 cache is smaller. I remember reading somewhere that L2 cache is not as important anyway?? I do not think that I can afford a Q9550 right now. Would I have to worry about GPU bottlenecks with a Q9400?


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Old November 4, 2008, 07:57 AM
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No Q9450 will be coming to this store or any stores from what I can gather. And the Q9550 is a bit out of my price range. Would I have to worry about GPU bottlenecks with a Q9400?


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Well in short yes....the 4870X2 and GTX280 are both monsters and take a pretty healthy CPU to really scream......this brings me back to the E8400 or E8600 both easily OC to 4.0 especially the E8600 which would reduce any issues of bottlenecks.....you could always go Dual Core for now and in a year blow another $250 on a 9550
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Old November 4, 2008, 07:59 AM
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LOL I love your terminology BLOW :) I am slowly thinking that is what I should do. For some reason I have been hung up on a Quad. but a faster dual core would do me better at this point I think. Do I need to still look for E0 chips or will they all be that now?
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Old November 4, 2008, 08:04 AM
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Also is there a reason no one is recomending the E8500?
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Old November 4, 2008, 08:54 AM
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Lol need an E8400 with an EO stepping I have one sitting in the box brand new if you're interested.

Its likely that the E8500 offers little improvement over the E8400 and is more expensive and clocks just as well and people recommend the E8600 due its ease of overclocking and newer stepping.
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Old November 4, 2008, 10:33 AM
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If you are in Toronto I can buy that CPU from you!!! Another question. I noticed the Gigabyte board has 2 different SATA controllers? This may be a pre-mature question, but is one better than the other or do they server different purposes, ie: one for Fast boot and OS drives and the other for big storage drives?
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Old November 4, 2008, 11:25 AM
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The E8600 is great the Multiplier is 10 so OC to 4.0 is super easy just bump the FSB to 400 and your done....considering most board support 1600FSb out of the Box and most ram is 400FSB and above it makes a very stable 4.0 Overclock. And yeah the E8500 is just not worth the higher price over the E8400 and the slightly lower price of the E8600
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