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Intel Q6600 with Rampage III Extreme?

By Hazard
Jun 22, 2010
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  1. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,836   +667

    Feel free to share.
    The ASRock P55 and X58 boards look like a great alternative to the tier 1 board makers offerings. Since the boards/chipsets all offer roughly the same stock performance I'd be keen to see what you make of the BIOS options (i.e. number of options/parameters available and layout).
    The new ASRock boards haven't found their way down this far as yet, but it would be good to offer my customers an alternative USB3/SATA6Gb motherboard option - limited to the X58A-UD3R and P6X58D-E in the price/performance sector locally.

    LGA1366 and the X58 chipset was introduced in November 2008. It's successor LGA2011 (Sandy Bridge B2 )/ X68?chipset isn't slated for desktop introduction before Q3 2011...which even when launched is obviously not going to make the X58 chipset obsolete, any more than X58 and P55 have made X48/X38 and P35/P45 obsolete.
    You could argue that LGA1155/P67's intoduction at the end of 2010, some fifteen months after LGA1156/P55 constitutes a "year" I suppose, but then, the counter argument is to keep the same socket and pin arrangement and not advance CPU architecture.....and if you're happy saving money at the expense of owning an aging CPU arch/chipset, then keep with the Core2Quad/Duo, or indeed a K10. since I don't see anyone holding a gun to the consumers head in the form of imminent obsolescence
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    To be honest I'd wait, and in my personal experience my favorite upgrade was my first ssd. It actually increased my minimum frame rates in games, compared to my raptor.

    If you give us your budget we could give more suggestions. I for one am a person that likes my pc to look good so I wont steer you wrong on something that looks good.

    My first suggestion would be to get an ssd and 2 gigs of ram to add on. IMO an ssd makes your computer seem likes its years ahead of what it was compared to hdd's.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Mmmm, SSD.
    I just noticed Techspot adds a double period for the time, and the end of a sentence. I think thats wrong...
  4. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    id like that m8 :)

    BTW TO EVERY1

    im going to be getting these 2 around december, so by then the prices probably will go down if that somehow changes your opinions XD

    ok so i need an i7 for sure, because my q6600 ( clocked at 2.4!! ) is getting kinda old and 2gb ram isnt doing the gpu any justice so basically what i need is anew mobo overall ( that is why i crossed out the ssd supersmashbrada :) )

    and dividedbyzero what exactly are you saying? is it worth the upgrade or isnt it? xD
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Wish I knew.
  6. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    thanks for your constant posts hellokitty :) wish there was more of a ruckus xD
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,836   +667

    Is what worth the upgrade?
    So far in this thread it's gone from...

    LGA775 CPU and R3E LGA1366 board to..
    Really? and this is your first priority? Once the CPU cooler and GPU are in place how much of the board are you likely to see?
    If we're talking about X58 boards...they all perform "great" and are "overclock friendly"....it's an enthusiasts chipset.
    to....
    Which are P55 boards...so you are no longer looking at X58...but...P55 will be surplanted at the end of the year by P67 -as I outlined in my earlier post- which supposedly is the same time frame as your upgrade...
    So...based on this I really think making a shopping list now for components to be bought six months hence probably falls under the category of "Complete waste of time" since new motherboard models will be added to the retail channel, while some others are EOL'ed (discontinued).
    Assuming you want to buy a P55 (or possibly an X58) in December..YES. Whether or not the new LGA1155 CPU's are branded "Core i7" remains to be seen.
  8. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    k thnx m8, hey it wasnt a waste of time gave me more experience :) u r right i might have started planning abit later but rly i was trying to figure how much i gotta save in total ^^
  9. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,836   +667

    No problem.
    As slh28 pointed out, you will not gain much by forking over a wad of cash on a top of the line board.
    The R3E, EVGA Classified, Giga UD7/-9 etc offer better connectivity and more bling...but unless you plan on liquid nitrogen cooling and killing a few CPU's then virtually every P55 and X58 board will get a Core i7 to 4GHz on air and a bit more on liquid and the only things you're likely to be missing by buying an entry level board (ASRock, Giga X58A-UD3R, P6X58D-E etc.or the P67 equivalent) are a few cables in the accessories bundle, maybe a couple of SATA ports, a few more (probably unnecessary) power phases and some largely decorative chipset/mosfet cooling.
    My advice would be to get the best mainstream priced board and use any extra funds for an SSD, a well rated PSU (if you don't already have one), GPU/monitor/peripherals (if necessary)
  10. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    yeah there some stuff i need ( got an antec 750 tp PSU, and 32'' HDTV so im good ) what im worried about mainstream is, will it support DDR3, SLI ( two - way ), those mainly. I'm worried to get ASrock because i heard they're unreliable.
  11. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    http://www.scanmalta.com/eshop/components/mobo-cpu/motherboards/intel/gigabyte-ga-x58a-ud3r-s1366-pci-e2-ddr3-raid-motherboard.html

    what do you guys think of this one? is it worth the price? im thinking its still expensive and still might not be worth it, cuz i think d rather get the maximus than this, uuggh i dunno im new to mobo's xD GPU's im ok, but mobos i need some help :D :)

    EDIT: http://www.scanmalta.com/eshop/components/mobo-cpu/motherboards/intel/msi-p55-s1156-ddr3-sataraid-atx-motherboard.html

    this seems to be more reasonable than the one b4, but no SLI :(


    EDIT 2: ok so i found a board that suposrts SLI and is pretty ' cheap ' Its the MSI GD-65
     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Um...thats a socket 1156.

    EDIT: Why is it that you edit some posts, but also double post??
    I don't understand how you think the Asus Maximus is worth it at $400+ USD while you question that 250 USD gigabyte.
    And also, that boards, IMO, is superior to the maximus.
    It does support DDR3 as do ALL X58's, and it supports triple SLI/CF. It also has a respectable sound card, USB3, and SATA3.
  13. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    yeah its either a core i5 or core i7, the difference isn't big i guess? or is it? :s

    EDIT: when i say its either a core i5 or core i7 i mean i can get any of the 2, getting an i5 will help me get a better GPU hopefully thats why :)
  14. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    im new here :p please be patient with me xD
  15. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    simple ^^ cuz i found a maximus at around €241 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-368-AS

    which is pretty close to the gigabyte :)
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    ...Thats a P55; bringing the standard down, a good P55 board can be had for only $120 USD, still a far cry from what that Asus Maximus costs.

    Oh, and yes it makes a large difference, the sockets are quite different as explained above, possibly multiple times.
    Money wise, its foolish not to care.

    I would certainly suggest going with the i750 and a p55 board, it'll bring the total cost down to about $350 USD max. GPU is prolly more important at this point.

    EDIT: Well I mean you obviously know how to use the edit button, but you use it sporadically and randomly.
  17. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    wait so what your saying is that i should go with the msi gd-65 or the gigabyte?
    and which is the i750??
    yeah i knw the sockets are different but i tought that there wasnt such a PERFORMANCE difference between the i5 and i7 :) :D
  18. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Its not huge, but the i5 is cheaper, so thats why i recommend it.
    The i750 is the one called i750. Its a very confusing nomencalture.
  19. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    ooh... wow this is so tiring :( so u suggest an i5? i figured ^^

    ok so its basically gna b a msi gd-65 + core i5 right? is it a good idea?
  20. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

  21. Hazard

    Hazard TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 60

    yeah im new to the sockects thing
    ummm really i think im done tho, as som1 else pointed out it is abit early to start planning, especially with stuff becoming out dated eventually. ty for your help tho :)
  22. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Indeed.
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