AMD ddr2 or Intel ddr3??

December 17, 2009 at 13:22:51
Specs: Windows 7 64bit
So im upgrading my pc and wanted to know if it would be worth it to spend the extra cash on going for the i7 ddr3 setup or going with a amd 64x4 and keeping my 4 gigs of ddr2 800 ram? I already have to buy a new mobo cause mines only pci express 1.0 and Ill be getting the hd 5770. So would it really make that much of a difference to stick to ddr2 and an amd 64x4?

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December 17, 2009 at 14:09:19
Who told you to get a new board for the video card?

If you go with the Core i7 build, you'll need a CPU, board, DDR3 RAM, power supply PLUS the video card. And i7 hardware is NOT cheap.

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December 17, 2009 at 14:24:26
Well no one did, but Im guessing it would make a world of difference to get 2.0...or am I wrong? Would a newer video card even work in pci express 1.0?
I have a corsair 520 psu already. 3.3v, 12v I think. That wouldnt be enough?

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December 17, 2009 at 15:07:56
It would help if you listed your complete system specs, but let's assume your Corsair PSU is adequate. Here's a rough estimate for a Core i7 build:

Core i7-920 CPU - $290
x58 motherboard - $160
6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 - $140
Radeon HD 5770 - $165

Total = $755

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December 17, 2009 at 15:12:43
That Corsair is a multi rail psu I believe. Think a HD5770 uses about 9 amps at full load and that you should be just fine with the gear you have now.


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December 17, 2009 at 15:24:20
This is what I have now from what I remember off hand.

amd 64x2 5400
gskill 4gig (4x1gig) 800 ram
geforce 8600 gt 512 mb
Gigabyte mobo SLI. I dont remember the model of mobo, but like I said it only has pci express 1.0 which Ive heard would slow me down a bit and Im not sure if the hd 5770 would work on it and if it does how much would that slow me down?

Im fine paying that amount for the Intel setup if it would be worth it. (thats exactly the price I came up with too)
That's why Im wondering if it would be worth paying a few hundred more or not?

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December 18, 2009 at 00:19:55
Go 4 core i7 system

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