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Old 06-17-2009, 06:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Current specs:

MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 at 2.4GHz
3GB (3x1GB) DDR2 800
XFX GeForce 6800 256MB 256-bit Nvidia PCI Express x16
Antec Earthwatts 650 watt PSU (just replaced)
2x 250GB WD 7200RPM HDD
Win7 RC 32bit

I've currently got this hooked up to two 22" monitors (1680x1050) and want to add a third, possibly larger monitor. I don't game at all, but have many apps going at once and average at least 6 hours a day of work (including weekends) at this system per day.

Couple of questions about upgrading...

I know my CPU is a little old, so would you guys suggest replacing it with an Intel Q9650, or would I be better served by replacing the MOBO and CPU together in an upgrade to the 1366 socket and i7?

What is the weak point in my system? What would you replace first?

To power three monitors, should I go with two separate cards, or should I get one of the higher end cards that has two DVI outputs and one HDMI output?

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Old 06-17-2009, 07:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think you should go with the Q9550 if your going to upgrade your CPU rather than the Q9650 ($100 price difference), but these guys know alot more than me.


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Old 06-17-2009, 07:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As far as I know your motherboard doesn't support any 45nm Core 2's so it will need to be upgraded to get a better cpu.

Taking that into account an i7+x58+DDR3 is proably you best option as far as cpu upgrades are concerned. This combo deal is just abut the cheapest option for a i7 setup with quality components. - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

Since it includes 6gb of ram you would need to switch to the 64bit version of the Windows 7 RC for it all to be utilized.

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Old 06-17-2009, 09:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if you want to keep your current mobo, this would be your best bet as far as a cpu upgrade: - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

the next best thing to upgrade would probably be the gpu, and maybe some more ram since its so cheap, depends on your budget.
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IMO it would be a waste of $200 to upgrade to the q6600. Save that money for a new mb, ram, cpu combo.
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