3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 27, 2013 12:28 PM by John T Smith

    Best CPU/MOBO upgrade?

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      I have e reasonable system, but it is beginning to give me some problems from time to time - mostly in playback, switching between apps, rendering etc. My MOBO does not fully support my new disks - so....

      So I guess it is about time to make some upgrades


      But what should I go for?  I want to make an upgrade that will last for two years - at least - and are willing to pay for it, but on the other hand i do not want to pay more for something that is not faster/better than something that is less expensive.


      My existing system::


      Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

      Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67GHz

      24,0GB Triple-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz (8-8-8-20)

      Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. EX58-UD4 (Socket 1366)

      1280MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 (ASUStek Computer Inc)


      Hard Drives

      224GB KINGSTON SH100S3240G SCSI Disk Device (SSD) (Windows and some applications)

      2795GB Intel Raid 0 Volume (RAID) (2 X 1,5 TB WD Black Caviar 7200 in RAID 0 - onboard RAID controller - used mostly for data - like videofiles)

      2 X 3726GB Western Digital Black - NOT RAID - for backup of data.(Almost brand new disks - my 2 X 1.5 TB 4 year old Seagate disks crashed recently).


      My plan was to buy a new MOBO and CPU and 32 or maybe even 64 GB RAM (its quite cheap right now, right? ). With a new MOBO I could also get more speed on the disks as my MOBO does not support the new disks 600 MB/Sec but only 150 MB/sec. Guess a new MOBO and CPU would give me some more speed and a more responsive system.


      I kind of like Gigabytes MOBOs. Have tried ASUS in the past. I would be willing to pay for a i3970X CPU, but the i3960X is at sale right now - I could also buy the i4960K ??? But what would I gain in buying the the 3970x or 4960k instead of the the much less expensive 3960x?

      Wich RAM should I go for 1800 or 2400?


      I´m not to much into OC - as you might have seen from my specs. I have tried, but my machine gets to hot and unstable - even though I have a very large cabinet and plenty of cooling. I prefer silent - and stable - machines as well ;-)


      Any suggestions for a MOBO/CPU/RAM combi that would give me some new life to my old PC?


      Thx in advance...