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*Daedalus

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#1 8 years ago

I've been talking to a friend lately about an upgrade he's planning for next Summer. C2D E8400/9600GT to Sand Bridge/Fermi/Kepler. That got me thinking about my upgrade timeline.

I initially thought that my setup would easily last me until Sandy Bridge. From the sounds of it though, Sandy Bridge won't be a whole lot to write home about. Doesn't sound like it's going to overclock well - at least on the 1155 side, not too sure about 2011.

I've had a look around, and I've settled on these parts, unless anyone can offer any suggestions.

i7 930 (will be going in a custom loop, aiming for 4GHz) Gigabyte X58A-UD5. I had a look at the UD3R, but I'll probably be needing the extra SATA ports - I already use four - and I like the look of the chipset cooling. 6GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 8-8-8-24.

That would run me about €630. Cheapest I can find so far. If I could sell my QX9650, 750i FTW, and 4GB Reaper RAM sold for 400, that'd be less than €250 for an i7 upgrade, for ideal components. What do you guys think? Worth it? Sandy Bridge opinions, thoughts on the whole thing, etc.

(Also, this is my little sales advert, anyone interested - Intel QX9650, EVGA 750i FTW, 4GB OCZ Reaper bundle in Dublin - adverts.ie, can PM me for details.)




kow_ciller

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#2 8 years ago

Sandy bridge is just going to be a shrunken down bloomfield w/ a screwed up bios.

I'd get a 950/960 over the 930 though. those 930s clock like shit.




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#3 8 years ago
The_Daedalus;5408992 That would run me about €630. Cheapest I can find so far. If I could sell my QX9650, 750i FTW, and 4GB Reaper RAM sold for 400, that'd be less than €250 for an i7 upgrade, for ideal components. What do you guys think? Worth it? Sandy Bridge opinions, thoughts on the whole thing, etc.

That sounds like a very good upgrade to me. Your running a GTX 480 now IIRC? That setup would go along nicely with that. You should have no trouble getting to 4Ghz on a 930, and i like your choice of mobo. Gigabyte boards are rock solid.

I did a similar upgrade with i got my i7 rig. I went from a Q9450, Gigabyte EP45-UD3R, and 4GB G.Skill DDR2-1100 to a i7 860, Gigabyte P55-UD6, and 4GB Mushkin Redline DDR3 and it only cost me a little over $200 after i sold my old parts.




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#4 8 years ago

You can't really judge Sandy Bridge overall based on the 1155 platform. It's just the budget, non enthusiast platform and 2011 obviously will have all the bells and whistles. As far as I can tell the only thing to "write home about" regarding 1155 will most likely be it's budget pricing based on the cost effective standardized manufacturing.

Still though, I think once 2011 comes out it will have an even smaller enthusiast niche than 1366 did at launch. It will be a long time before very many games support Hex Core, and 2011 will no doubt be even pricer than 1366 was at launch. Then there's Bulldozer to compete with, though AMD has yet to prove the effectiveness of it's radical architecture.

I myself am not really excited about 1155 or 2011. The timing probably won't be right for me to do so, but I imagine many will take advantage of lower 1156/1366 pricing when 1155 & 2011 debut.




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#5 8 years ago

kow_ciller;5409018Sandy bridge is just going to be a shrunken down bloomfield w/ a screwed up bios.

I'd get a 950/960 over the 930 though. those 930s clock like shit.

Really? I have been hearing quite a bit lately that the 950 oc's for shite. I can hit 4 on my 930 pretty easily on air, only problem is the north bridge getting too hot. It is still doable, though. But if Daed is running a custom loop, he should have no problems.




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#6 8 years ago

Anyone know how hot X58 NBs run? And/or how hot the UD5 is in comparison? I'm hoping to be able to cool it passively. I'd really rather not have to buy motherboard blocks.

Can anyone recommend another X58 board that has 10 SATAs, or, at a compromise, 8? I was looking at the P6T V2, and the P6X58D-E. Any others? Also, I'm thinking on changing my RAM to the following:

Newegg.ca - Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 998832




Chocu1a

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#7 8 years ago

When I had my 930 clocked at 4GHz, it ran upwards of 65 C. At 3.6GHz(current oc), it runs no higher than 45 C & idles at 28. Mine is an EVGA, & I think they tend to run hot, but I also heard the Asus Max also runs hot. Gigabyte are great boards, though. I would stick with that. I also like the looks of the Asus Sabertooth.




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#8 8 years ago

X58 is hot as hell, but its not hot enough that you have to buy blocks for it. Just get some airflow and temps drop a bunch.

For ram, I'd go with some gskill pi series. Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI They should be quite nicer than those mushkin sticks you selected.

Board-wise, I would go with the P6X58D-E if you are on a budget. If not, spend the cash and get a rampage III extreme. its THAT much better than all the other boards IMHO.

@ Count

People only say that because they wont do as high bclk wise as a 930 without getting super-hot. But you really dont need that when you can hit the same frequencies with 25-30 bclk lower. Its nice getting 4.6ghz with the same bclk as a 920/930 on 205bclk @ 4.1




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#9 8 years ago

How would the kit you linked to be any better than the Mushkin? Mushkin's got better timings.

Don't have the money for a Rampage board.

I take it no-one here is interested in anything on offer? =p




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#10 8 years ago

Mushkins have slightly better timings, while being a few hundred mhz slower. The Gskill sticks also have better IC.