New CPU, board and memory time

By andy06shake
May 12, 2010
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  1. I will be upgrading my system in july and was wondering if anyone can recomend a new cpu, motherboard and DDR3 sims. I currently have an E8500, ASUS P5N-32E, GTX275, Corsair TX650 PSU and 4gig of DDR2. I was thinking of going with the an Intel Core i7 930 2.80Ghz (Bloomfield) (Socket LGA1366). Can anyone recomend a good board around £150-180 that will fit this CPU and also some DDR3 sims?
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The Asus P6X58D-E is a great motherboard at your price point.

    Are you planning on going with 6GB of DDR3 memory to utilise the CPU's triple channel memory controller? What's your budget for the memory?
  3. andy06shake

    andy06shake TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 326

    I would like to utilise the CPU's triple channel memory controller. so yes i will need 6Gb. I have around £500 to spend on a new CPU, cooler(Air), motherboard and memmory sims. Any recomendations?
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

  5. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 626   +122

    From experience, I'd tell you to go for a core i7 processor and an Asus P6 series motherboard. As for memory, the OCZ platinum is fantastic.I have three DDR3 1280Hz o/c'd to 1700hz.
  6. andy06shake

    andy06shake TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 326

    Ok looks like so far i want an Intel Core i7 930 2.80Ghz (Bloomfield) £216.19 inc. VAT
    Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard £168.01 inc. VAT
    Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory Kit £130.00 inc. VAT
    Total £514.30

    Can anyone also recomend a cooler for the above CPU? Will my Corsair TX650 PSU sufficenty power the board above?
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    Yep.
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,783   +639

    Assuming you aren't content with the Intel stock fansink...
    The Cogage (Thermalright) True Spirit probably represents the best price/performance point. Includes a decent fan and has similar or better cooling performance to Thermalright's better known (and more expensive) Ultra Extreme and Venemous X -both of which do not include a fan.

    Review here and here (rev.2)

    Before purchasing ensure that you have enough of a keep-out area between motherboard and your chassis side panel to accomodate a tower cooler. Most coolers that use 120mm fan cooling are usually between 155 and 165mm "tall"
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    The stock intel would do fine normally though.
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 626   +122

    If you're going for heavy overclocking, I'd suggest either a Coolermaster V10 which I currently have and love or you could try a cpu Tessera recommended to me, the Prolimatech Mega Shadow. It looks like a beast to me, so it might fit your need.
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