Originally Posted by farinha
zmatt, what is the issue with the i5 socket?
Foxconn makes most of the sockets for the i5 motherboards. There are only a few boards that don't use sockets sourced from them. This has been true for a long time. It seems they messed up on the socket design and when you oc it you can fry your motherboard due to uneven socket pin contact in the VCC area.
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It's a very expensive problem. However you shouldn't have any issues p to 4.3ghz OC's or so. After that anything goes. the problem is being addressed, although it will take time for motherboards without this problem to work their way through the pipeline. Until then if you are into extreme overclocking then look elsewhere.
Originally Posted by Nazgul
hehe hey, its going pretty good. You guys?
This is what i currently have
Case - Antec 900
Mobo - Intel X38 Abit
Gfx 8800 GT 512mb
cpu - 6600 Quad-core 2.4
HD - 320 GB 7200 RPM seagate
Ram - 4 gb 800
PSU - 700 W OCZ
I am either going to get a new soundcard, better ram or a new graphics card.
And my budget is not an issue. I just don't feel like dropping money on all 3.
A soundcard is a waste of money unless you have a really nice sound system to power. I have a nice pair of sennheiser headphones and the onboard audio is fine for listening to music. Your ram is slow, but ram speed makes the biggest impact in benchmarking. What make/model is it? It is likely if you bought good stuff you can OC the ram anyways. I think a new video card will give you the most bang for buck. 1 4890 will be nice, 2 will be awesome. They are cheap and plentiful right now, unlike the HD58xx cards.
I recommend this one. XFX has a great warranty, it protects against overclocking and aftermarket cooling among other things.