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So after a good month at work I have decided to upgrade and build a new rig.

The only things I will be keeping out of my current rig are the dvd drive, hdd's and my GTX 470.

Here's what I have come up with thus far...

OCZ 90GB Vertex 2 SSD 3.5" SATA-II Read.. | Ebuyer...

Corsair 650W TX Series PSU - 120mm Fan, 80.. | Ebu...

CM Storm Sniper Black Edition Case - With Windowed...

Corsair Cooling Air Series A70 Socket Intel 775, 1...

Intel Core i7 860 2.8GHz Socket LGA 1156 8MB L3 Ca...

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4 P55 Socket 1156 8 Channel Aud...

G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw....

Any thoughts/suggestions?
 
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I've got that boards little brother and I can say so far it's not let me down at all. Feels solid, durable and i've had no problems with it whatsoever.


Overall should be a nice build!
 

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Looks solid M8. I have an older version of that mobo P55-UD4P and an i7-860 @ 3.8Ghz 24/7 folding and crunching. You should not disappoint;)
 

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Personally I wouldnt run ripjaws on a gigabyte if you plan to OC ;)
 

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Personally I wouldnt run ripjaws on a gigabyte if you plan to OC ;)
Interesting Peet, never had any issues with mine (although I have the DDR3-2000 version of the RipJaws seen HERE)
 

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That exact kit of 1600 blues failed hard in both my GBs. I also had the 2K kit of black ones. They ran OK, but only at the rated speed.
 
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I'm not too fussed about oc the ram, the timings are pretty tight, so long as I can hit a 200bclk and keep the mem close to 1600 I think I will be happy, that said I have seen some 2000mhz corsair sticks for around the same price, just liked the look of the ripjaws...

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 2000MHz Memory Kit Non-EC...

What do you think of these instead?
 
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I grabbed the blue RJs because they looked purdy;) (still failed) I would go with the Corsairs over those.
 
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I grabbed the blue RJs because they looked purdy;) (still failed) I would go with the Corsairs over those.
They look teh sex :rockout: hmm how much perf difference is there between 1600 and 2000 anyway, really love the look of the ripjaws, heck I am open to different boards also as I only chose the p55 UD4 as the GB UD range are known to be good and I don't know a lot about 1156 motherboards :toast:
 

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Well with good motherboards, why would you skimp on the ram, I mean why not just use a 350W PSU while you are at it;) All kidding aside, the GB loves good ICs, and doesnt play well with average ICs.

I have had Trident 2Ks that can do 25-2600mhz, I have a 2400 set of patriots that rock. Now I am tinkering with some CAS6 1600 sticks and while they feel snappy, I do loose a fair bit of badwidth to the 2K kits.
 
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Well with good motherboards, why would you skimp on the ram, I mean why not just use a 350W PSU while you are at it;) All kidding aside, the GB loves good ICs, and doesnt play well with average ICs.

I have had Trident 2Ks that can do 25-2600mhz, I have a 2400 set of patriots that rock. Now I am tinkering with some CAS6 1600 sticks and while they feel snappy, I do loose a fair bit of badwidth to the 2K kits.
Woop my build is still on, my big order is due to come in before the end of this month so I will be paid on it next month (December)

Open to ideas on this, 1156 or should I go x58, anyone used any of the sabertooth boards by Asus?
 

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I was wondering how much of a performance gain you would expect from that upgrade, looks like a sidegrade to me (with only 10% improvement in l4d2, toms hardware, and up to only 20% in multithreaded tasks => not enough to justify upgrade which is usually more than 20% across the board for noticable power increase) I do appreciate that VAT is going to increase by 2.5% come Jan though, but that's just going to add £25 to a £1000 build, it might be worth your £25 to wait for Sandy Bridge?
 
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I was wondering how much of a performance gain you would expect from that upgrade, looks like a sidegrade to me (with only 10% improvement in l4d2, toms hardware, and up to only 20% in multithreaded tasks => not enough to justify upgrade which is usually more than 20% across the board for noticable power increase) I do appreciate that VAT is going to increase by 2.5% come Jan though, but that's just going to add £25 to a £1000 build, it might be worth your £25 to wait for Sandy Bridge?
My 550 is pissing me off, infact it has done since I got it, it unlocks to x4 but it doesn't clock very high, perhaps I need a new cooler but tbh I am looking to upgrade anyhow.

An i7 at 4.0ghz with HT on would stomp all over any PII x4 at multithreaded apps especially as I can't get a decent OC out of it, not to mention some goo 1600-2000mhz ram would be a lot faster than my current set.

I want a new toy is the short answer to that lol, I don't have to have a reason lol, this is TPU :laugh::toast:
 

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I will take that argument. :toast:

But really, I will still wait for Sandy Bridge, to me (at least) the £25 gamble might pay off. But SB is still a few months away, and upgrade itch will increase exponentially...