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    should I change my mobo as part of my next upgrade

    Hi

    I'ts been a while since my last major upgrade and I've got a hankering to play gta 4 on a pc

    my current system specs are
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    p5n-e sli 650i based mobo
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    I was planning to upgrade the processor to a q6700 and the ram to 4gb ddr2 800, my question is do you guys think it's worth upgrading the mobo aswell. I'm also getting a thermalright ultro 120 black cooler with a coulple of 120mm fans to go with it.

    PS I know I'm going to have to start the raid form scratch but I hav'nt got much data on these hard drives as I only got them a month ago

    one of the bundels on scan atm is a p5q pro
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductId=25073

    I am planning to overclock to q6700 so my question is should I change the mobo?
    Last edited by user1453; 19-04-2009 at 03:47 PM.

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    Re: should I change my mobo as part of my next upgrade

    For £100 I dont really see the point. The main new features you'd be getting is ability to Crossfire, +2 sata ports and some of the newer Asus features. I had the same mobo and it was a pretty decent overclocker, the only problem was the northbridge got stupidly hot, but just point a fan towards it and it be ok.

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    Re: should I change my mobo as part of my next upgrade

    TBH I would get the Q6700 and the cooler and see how your existing motherboard will do. I would not be spending £100 on a new motherboard as this can be put towards a full platform update in the future or a new graphics card.


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    Re: should I change my mobo as part of my next upgrade

    Also theres little point in changing the ram, your probably wouldnt notice any difference, and certanly not enough to qualify the expendature
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    Re: should I change my mobo as part of my next upgrade

    slight typo in my first post, corrected now, 2gb of ddr2 667 ram

    I'm running windows 7 btw

    question for infinite were you ocing using a quad core?

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    Re: should I change my mobo as part of my next upgrade

    na, it was a E6600.

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    Re: should I change my mobo as part of my next upgrade

    I would definately get an intel board. Even if its sub £100 anything is better than a 650i and seeing that you dont have any NVIDIA cards to sli on it, its definately the first thing I would look at upgrading!

    It doesnt have to be expensive at all why not have a look at some intel P35/P45 boards..
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