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Old October 26, 2011, 09:12 PM
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Default Looking to upgrade and need some help with the MB

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Mainly gaming, both online and single player games. Currently play DA II, Witcher 1 & 2, will be playing Skyrim, BF3, MDW 3 and Metro Last night.


2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

Hoping for under 450 including our HST of 12%


3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

Canada


4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

Nope I do not care

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

The MB, Ram and CPU are the only three things I will be upgrading.

BenQ FP241VW 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor SILVER/BLACK 6MS 1000:1 DVI HDMI Component W/ HDMI Cable

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=22218

27784Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail *Limi *IR-was over clocked to 4.ghz but keeps reseting itself.

XFX Radeon 8750 1 gb DDR5 memory. Stock.

Antec Truepower Trio 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.0 Active PFC SLI Certified 120MM Fan

Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache 8.9MS NCQ Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty Has not been hooked up for over a year as I am not sure if my power supply has the cables to hook it up. Even if it would, not sure why I would need an extra harddrive, I have an external one to back up data. Unless there is a way to use it as a games only drive and that speeds it up????


Ram is 2x2gigs of Mushkin redline DDR2. I do not have the other specs on this.

Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme 6 Heatpipe Cooler LGA775 Heatsink *Fan Not Included*
Not sure if this will work with the I5 cpu.

Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120MM Cooling Fan 1600RPM 28.0DBA 63.7CFM FDB

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


24122Antec P182 ATX Black Mid Tower Case 4X5.25
1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Audio Firewire



6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

Yes I have been reading for a week.


7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

Yes nothing major just around 4ghz


8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

Within the next week unless there is something coming out that you guys would think would drive down the prices in the next month or so.

9. What resolution do you use?

1920 x 1080. Seems to be the max resolution I can use with my monitor.



This are the parts I have picked out for the RAM and CPU. I have no idea what motherboard to get. My only requirement is a MB that has good sound support for my 5.1 speaker set up and Senheizer PC350 headphones as I do not run an add on sound card.

Thank you for any help or suggestions you guys have. Oh and I am open to other suggestions on the CPU and Ram. Or if you guys think my current CPU is good enough and all I need is a new MB and RAM I am open to that as well!

I5 2500k
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB - Intel - BX80623I52500K - in Canada


G.Skill F3 12800CL9D - 8 GBRL Ripjaws 8 GB 2x4GB DDR3 - 1600
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL Ripjaws 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN DIMM Memory - G.Skill - F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - in Canada
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Old October 26, 2011, 09:31 PM
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So far, you're at $220 + 45 = 265 + tax so you have roughly $135 to spend, to end up at $450 HST in. In that price range, I'm pretty much going here NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 3PCI-E1 2PCI 2PCI-E16 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - Gigabyte - GA-P67X-UD3-B3 - in Canada

That one will still give you some overclocking ability, from a solid vendor. I would recommend stepping up to ASUS, something like this NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P8P67 Pro REV3.1 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard - ASUS - P8P67 PRO REV 3.1 - in Canada or NCIX.com - Buy ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z Z68 LGA1155 mATX 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E4 SLI CrossFire HDMI USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard - ASUS - MAXIMUS IV GENE-Z - in Canada (don't let the mATX form factor fool you, that's a fantastic quality board and great value) if the budget can be stretched a bit. ASUS offer more bios options, great build quality, etc.
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Old October 26, 2011, 09:56 PM
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So far, you're at $220 + 45 = 265 + tax so you have roughly $135 to spend, to end up at $450 HST in. In that price range, I'm pretty much going here NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 3PCI-E1 2PCI 2PCI-E16 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - Gigabyte - GA-P67X-UD3-B3 - in Canada

That one will still give you some overclocking ability, from a solid vendor. I would recommend stepping up to ASUS, something like this NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P8P67 Pro REV3.1 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard - ASUS - P8P67 PRO REV 3.1 - in Canada or NCIX.com - Buy ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z Z68 LGA1155 mATX 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E4 SLI CrossFire HDMI USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard - ASUS - MAXIMUS IV GENE-Z - in Canada (don't let the mATX form factor fool you, that's a fantastic quality board and great value) if the budget can be stretched a bit. ASUS offer more bios options, great build quality, etc.

How would the sound be on the first two? I noticed the third one has THX support
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Old October 26, 2011, 10:45 PM
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This board seems good for the price and has free shipping. Would this work with the RAM I selected? I am having issues searching this from my work computer tonight.

Buy Gigabyte [GA-P67X-UD3-B3] Gigabyte P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 3PCI-E1 2PCI 2PCI-E16 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
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Old October 27, 2011, 08:39 AM
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I'm no audiophile, I use my computer with a good pair of Sony isolation headphones 100% of the time. I have the stock sound solution on the Gigabyte and think it's fine, but haven't done any high end analysis or listened to it on speakers.
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Old October 28, 2011, 05:12 AM
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So I ended up buying the following G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
I5 2500k
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 I got this for $135 as an open box special. Normally $190 so seemed like a great deal.



Just curious, anyone know if this Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme 6 Heatpipe Cooler LGA775 Heatsink will work with my new Motherboard and the I5 2500k? I was planning on keeping it.
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Old October 28, 2011, 08:09 AM
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Hey Mishtar,

Looks like we basically upgraded to the same thing. I also went from the E8400 to the i5 2500K. I went with the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z board. But the same ram as you got. I can tell ya. It's a huge improvement man. Well worth the $470 I spent. And I do believe that Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme cooler will not work. If it was compatible to a LGA 1156 Socket. It would work. But it don't. So, you can use stock or get a new one.
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Old October 28, 2011, 12:09 PM
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$16 dollars including shipping for the adapter straight from thermalite! It is a great cooler so I am glad I could reuse it.
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