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4GHZ_or_bust

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Budget is about $500 for new CPU/mobo/RAM (would have been more but my cat needed trip to the vet... $300 bill :-/)

I'm planning on the socket 1156 as it's a tad cheaper than 1366 (mainly due to less complex design for dual channel vs tri-channel memory) and I'm getting the i5 CPU for now, about $180 from most places. That leaves about $320 for mobo and 4GB RAM. Many cheaper 2x2GB kit could be found for about $80 to $100 but I'd like something reliable and 1333 minimum.

I'd like it to have PATA slot for the one HD I'm keeping (320GB) and maybe the DVD burner, it still works and I don't need to replace it with SATA version yet. That can come later when I have extra money.

Ability to manually overclock is a plus, some bargain motherboard don't handle OCing well. 1 PCIe 16x for video (I'd like 2 PCIe 16 slots just in case I get another 8800gts, 2 of them probably won't saturate 16x bandwidth anyway) onboard sound for some games that refuses to run silent, anything else is optional.

Keeping the 320GB PATA, 640GB SATA, 1TB SATA, case, and PSU. External hardware (printer, keyboard, etc) will remain the same.

PS should I get the i7 CPU instead of i5 CPU? That's about $100 more for hyperthreading and slightly faster stock speed, a plus for video encoding and [email protected] but not used for internet browsing and many games.
 

greenmaji

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http://www.directron.com/gap55ud5.html?gsear=1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227346

that's what I would suggest for an I5 build and the Ram requirements you gave

comes out to be about $290 total plus shipping on the motherboard..

hope that helps

review results on the motherboard http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3671&p=7

ps.. If your interested in possibly going I7 the 920 is on sale at microcenter for $199
picking a great board.. that's the best price I can find on an evga classified
that would make the CPU and motherboard around $450 with your current budget I wouldn't know which motherboard to suggest and still have nice BCLK
 
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Bobnova

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Personally i'd go with a 1366, and just use dual channel ram to save some money if i had to. Not that much difference between dual and triple channel in most cases, but the extra horsepower of the i7 is hard for me to ignore.
 
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4GHZ_or_bust

4GHZ_or_bust

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I forgot I could get another $150 to $200 if I sell my current CPU/mobo/RAM in a spare case with few items thrown in. So I could get the 1366.
 

jgv115

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The P55-UD3R is a bargain overclocker.

UD4P won the TOm's Hardware choice award so that one is good as well :)