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A decent upgrade?

By JamesPromIII ยท 6 replies
Oct 29, 2009
  1. Ok I won't to upgrade my PC (Motherboard, graphics card, CPU and PSU) Here are the specs for current PC.

    Intel C2D E7300
    Antec earthwatts E430
    G-Skill 2gig PC2 6400
    PNY Nvidia 9600gt



    Thoughts, suggestions? Ok just found out the video card is disable, but can anyone suggest one that will be a suitable upgrade?
  2. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    Well, so far it looks all good to me. That would be a substantial upgrade. I have just one small niggling demon regarding this purchase.

    I've heard that, later on, newer and better cores will be released for the 1156 pin socket and they will be more powerful than the 1366. Perhaps buying it so soon might not be the best idea if this is true.

    However, considering the bang for the buck you're getting out of this, then this might not matter much. Take it however you like. Buy that and you'll have a lot of fun gaming ahead of you regardless.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

  4. JamesPromIII

    JamesPromIII TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 130

    Is that motherboard SLI or Crossfire enabled?
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,102   +419

    The Gigabyte board supports Crossfire.
  6. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    1366 is intended to be the high end socket, while 1156 fills the mainstream niche. In 2010, six-core CPUs with Hyper-Threading (Core i9) will be released for socket 1366 only. 1156 will be stuck with quad-cores until 2011 at least. Better to get socket 1366 if you can afford it, because it will allow for more powerful upgrades down the road, and your access to PCI-Express lanes is not limited by the available lanes in the CPU core. 1156 does have a PCI-E latency advantage, but it is offset by the fact that running anything more than 1 GPU causes both cards to run at a bottlenecked PCI-E 8x instead of 16x.

    tl;dr: 1366 = high end, 1156 = mainstream, get 1366 if money allows.
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I'd suggest 4GB or 8GB RAM if you're going for the LGA 1156 processor as it has only a dual channel memory controller.
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