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#1
Hey guys i wonder if you could help shed some light on my current situation.
I currently have a qx9650 @3.95ghz on water on a p5k-e p35 and 2*2gb ddr2 ram at 1066 and a ati5850. This setup has served me well over the last couple of years but im looking to upgrade.
I cannot unfortunately afford to upgrade to i7 so wanted to make the most of my current setup.

I was thinking of upgrading to an asus maximus extreme, it'll cost me around £50 to upgrade, but this motherboard is x38 and also is DDR3, I can swap out the memory at really no cost in fact i can get around £40 for my 2*2gb of ddr and swap out to 2*4gb for the same money so its a no cost upgrade on ebay.

Currently my cpu is hot, although on water, and wont clock much past 4.0ghz without high cpu voltage increments 1.45 i think. I would like to push a little more in benchmarking and for better games.

My questions are £50 i think will be the overall cost so is this worth me doing?
will i see any performance benefits of the ddr3 over the ddr2?
will i be able to get a better stable clock on my cpu?

thanks guys
 

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#2
My questions are £50 i think will be the overall cost so is this worth me doing?
will i see any performance benefits of the ddr3 over the ddr2?
will i be able to get a better stable clock on my cpu?

thanks guys
1st See below points and judge yourself.

2nd Only benefit; migration to a different chipset.

3rd HIGHLY doubtful.

What's your watercooling setup like? What fans/rad? What pump? Placement of rad?

EDIT:

What clock is your ram at currently? 1066 cl5?
 

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1st See below points and judge yourself.

2nd Only benefit; migration to a different chipset.

3rd HIGHLY doubtful.

What's your watercooling setup like? What fans/rad? What pump? Placement of rad?

EDIT:

What clock is your ram at currently? 1066 cl5?

triple bay rad at top and a water pump, currently gpu is on air this was my old setup so just the cpu with triple bay rad at moment res and the pump.

memory have sat slightly different at mo as i am using 4gb of a friends ddr as i was doing some video editing so speeds are down.
 

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Afraid to say it my friend, you won't have any gains, only the benefit of having newer ram. Now it may be more worth your while to buy the ram & a new board, sell off your current cpu/board/ram, and put that towards a new waterblock and cpu. 2500k + z68 + EK Supreme+2x4GB?
 

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From my Maximus mobo to the GA-P45T-ES3G ( which is cheap board to the max ) was much easier to push to 3.4Ghz ( mobo heatsinks suck )..

So running it at 3.4Ghz as i was with the Max mobo but at 1600 CL8 and getting a bit more extra memory speed from it.

This mobo will not let me select 1T either which pisses me off. My N/B temps went though the roof but solved with a nice fan :).

Worth it no even though the idle power usage is around 30w-70w lower and full out about 50w lower usage.

My Max mobo died so i pick the Gigabyte up plainly due to having DDR3. With being courius like you are before my mobo died i do wish i tried it anyways just for the sake of trying it as it does seem more flexable and easier to clock than it was with DDR2 mem modules.

While typing this and even though i have 4HDD and 2 SSD's and a 6970 systems idling at 94w with odd jumps to 125w.
 

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Right............
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Ah shizer... well i was looking forward to having another play it has been a while... maybe i'll do just that, i'll try the lot on ebay and see what i can get for it then add to it for an i7 etc..
or maybe i'll just leave her be, shes fine for me really, i just suppose i wanted another play.. it's been a while, once you get the bug i suppose it never really leaves you, wonder if i'll still have it when i'm old and grey.
 

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okay im going to bite the bullet, what can i get for around £400, is it worth me upgrading to a core i5 2500k? what board and memory shall i get to go alongside?
 

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Ive got the bug to mate. I dont know if its good or bad? Anyway all i would do to your system is get a new video card(gtx 570/580) or dog yourself another 5850 and run crossfire if u can.
 

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Ive got the bug to mate. I dont know if its good or bad? Anyway all i would do to your system is get a new video card(gtx 570/580) or dog yourself another 5850 and run crossfire if u can.
i cant mae im on crappy p35, i'll have a slow lane tried it before and it was crap
 
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So youve tried it b4 with another 5850? Whats the pci-e lanes 16x/4x or 8x/8x ?
 

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So youve tried it b4 with another 5850? Whats the pci-e lanes 16x/4x or 8x/8x ?
about two years ago 2*4850 it actually killed it and made the bench scores 30% less at the time, i got rid of them both and replaced with a 4870x2 til i cooked it
 
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LOL u cooked it! NICE!!:) U still didnt tell me what the lanes were?
 

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on p35 i think 1*16 and 1*4
 

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thank you Mate that's probably exactly what i was looking at.. hmmmmmm.... sooooo tempted..
And what sort of overclock do you think i can get out of this?

4.6? on water
 
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You are correct, 16x 1.1 + 4x 1.1.
Yer thats sucks. Youll just have to save up your cash and get the i5 or get a new card. Do u mainly play games?
 

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Yer thats sucks. Youll just have to save up your cash and get the i5 or get a new card. Do u mainly play games?
i mainly play and dont laugh....................


red alert 2 pahhaaaa, but i do a lot of video editing, and the occasional benching,
 
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I aint gona laugh mate thats cools as. Dude i still play me MAME games if u know what they are. What do u need to up grade 4? or u got the bug right now!!:)
 

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just getting giddy to be honest, but i'm doing it... i should get near £200 for my let so shouldnt be such an expensive upgrade......

should i go for the board MSI Z68A-GD55-G3 or the Asus P8Z68-V PRO GEN3 or is there really not much difference, i am used to asus bios layout etc thats all..
 
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Storage M.2 850 Evo 512
Display(s) 4K 40" BDM4065UC
Case Corsair 750D
Audio Device(s) Asus Zonar
Power Supply Corsair AX1200
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Logitech G910
Software Win 10 x64 atm
#24
TBH i dont know much about the SB boards coz i dont own one but generally speaking asus is good. Make sure u get a dual pci-e board(id say it u will). I think most of the boards r 8x/8x which is decent. I would look forward to that type of up grade. Ive got a Q9550 @3.4ghz that i mainly use for light games and internt exploring and all that bs. I would replace my q9550 with an i5 2500k too if really wanted to but really dont see the point.
 

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System Name Dark Sideslayer
Processor Core i5 2500k @5.0GHz @13.84v
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
Cooling MCps655 Pump, XSPC Res, RC360 Rad, EK-Supreme HF Acetal+E
Memory CORSAIR VENGEANCE 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 PC3-15000C9 1866MHZ DUAL CHANNEL KIT
Video Card(s) ASUS Direct CU II 1.2v 930/1360
Storage 60gb OCZ Agility 3, 40gb Kingston V Series & 2*500 sata
Display(s) Samsung SyncMaster 245B plus
Case COOLERMASTER RC1100 COSMOS SPORT customised
Audio Device(s) Realtek THX Onboard
Power Supply Coolermaster Real power 700W
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 64
Benchmark Scores 3d Mark Vantage 22491, 3d Mark06 32242, PC Mark 07 5398, 3d Mark 2011 5983, PC Mark Vanatge 24541 :0
#25
nor me, but i dont currently have a girlfriend .. haa i wonder why? so why not spend some of the cash i dont have on me ! :)