Hey. (I hope this post isn't out of place) I'm looking to build a new system once the new ATI cards are released in a few weeks. I'll need something that will last me the next 4-5 years. I'm still running on an athlon 2500 xp-m, nf7-s and 9800 pro, so I don't get to upgrade very often. I'll need something that will last me the next 4-5 years.I do plan to OC, and the most demanding thing for the system would probably be gaming. My budget is about $1500-2000 CAD, but obviously I'd prefer to spend less if possible. Here goes:
Motherboard: Lt x48-T2R? (need some help here) CPU: Q6700 CPU Cooler: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 RAM: G.SKILL F2-8000CL5D-4GBPI Pi PC2-8000 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 (cheaper than 4GBPQ kit for some reason and greater availability) HDD: (1x) WD6400AAKS PSU: Corsair TX750 Video Card: 4870 Case: Already have DVD: Already have
People on other forums have suggested the DFI LT over the Dk, but I'm still wondering if the differences are worth the extra ~$40. The reason for the x48 chipset is that I'll likely go with CF depending on the prices of the new ATI cards, and again, this system has to last me a while. I suppose x38 would also be good too. Also, the board doesn't necessarilly have to be DFI, it's just that they seem to be very well regarded.
I chose the Q6700 over the Q6600 since after reading around, the newer Q6600 don't seem to be OCing as far as the older G0 chips. Whether it's worth it or not, I was hoping you guys could help me . The Q9450 is also a possibility, but I'm not sure the extra cost is really worth it. I realize the E8400 would probably be better for gaming, but I'm hoping that getting a quad now will pay off further down the line.
DFI boards are probably the best for overclocking, but their BIOS options can be overkill to somebody that doesn't really have a ton of experience. You may want to consider an ASUS or Gigabyte board. You could also go with the P45 chipset unless you believe you will be running Crossfire, then you want the X38/48 for full x16 Crossfire.
I got a X3350 (Xeon version of the Q9450) and it clocked easily to 3.4GHz with the vCore at 1.2V (it was the number on the box). However my board (ASUS Maximus Formula) apparently has some flaws with 45nm quad overclocking so anything beyond 3.4GHz becomes rather difficult. Apparently 3.4GHz 45nm quad equals a 3.6GHz 65nm quad. Also I find that my X3350 runs rather cool. Full load is like 60C (CoreTemp) or 50C (RealTemp). That's with a TRUE + Push/Pull Noctua P12s.
Thanks for the suggestions. The other board I was looking at was the Gigabyte x48-DS4. Do you think this would be a decent choice? I'm hoping to get the Q6700 to about 3.6-3.8. I've also started looking at the Mushkin PC2-8000 Redline kit. How do those compare with the G.Skills?
p.s. Sorry for all the questions, I just wanna make sure I get something I'll be happy with for a while.