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Help me refill my SG01

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by lego, 12 Mar 2010.

  1. lego


    Joined: 4 Apr 2004

    Posts: 5,613

    Location: Pontypridd

    Looking to do a quick upgrade, currently running a q6600, with 4 gig of ram.

    Been looking at the i5's or i7's but unsure which motherboards are currently the favourites and which processors are best bang for buck.

    So i need a mobo (matx) cpu (i5/i7) and 6 gig of ram. Will be using my Graphics card i have for now (4890) and i have a seperate sound card (so no need to worry about on board)

    Budget is anything from 350 to 600 bit more if there is a good gain in performance.

    Thanks in advance

  2. chiLLZ


    Joined: 2 Jan 2009

    Posts: 416

    The Asus micro atx motherboards for p55/x58 Asus Maximus III Gene and Asus Rampage II Gene are pretty good because they have the supremefx X-Fi onboard audio chip which would be handy if you ever decided to add a second 4890 card.

    I have the x58/i7 Asus Rampage II Gene which is very stable for overclocking or undervolting very little v droop. If you are looking to save a bit of money then there are other x58 boards like the MSI X58M which is said to overclock quite well and punch above its weight. I dont know much about the p55/i5 options but they will have a performance disadvantage although it might not be noticable in the average game.

    The 920 or 930 processors are the best bang for the buck for x58/i7 and can be overclocked to the performance of the more expencive ones. any cas8 1600mhz or cas7 1333mhz tripple channel memory would have decent performance. anything above that is a waist really.
  3. Phoenixdancer


    Joined: 22 Feb 2010

    Posts: 1,630

  4. Invictus


    Joined: 5 Mar 2009

    Posts: 109

    the i5 has better turbo boost so will complement the sugo better