Upgrading, again...

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I'm upgrading again and want to know what you think of my choices. Any suggestions are very welcome.

MB: from Newegg.com - EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard to Newegg.com - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

I've had freezing problems with the evga board, otherwise I wouldn't change the MB. Should I try another/same evga MB?

GPU: from Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR GeForce GTX 285 SC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card to Newegg.com - EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (or GTX 470?)

I do heavy gaming at 5040x1050. Will a 480 or 470 better suit my needs?

CPU: from i7 920 C0 to I7 920 D0 (o/c 4.0+ ghz)

RAM: from Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK (6gb) to Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH (8gb)

HD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (x3, 2 in raid0) to Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (x3, 2 in raid0)

Had 1 drive fail, outside warranty and another on the way out. Trying WD.

I plan on keeping the following components (suggestions if any?)

PSU: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CPU HS: Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
OS: Vista Ultimate 64-bit (w7 sometime)

So, that is my planned upgrade. What do you think?
You've had freezing problems with the EVGA E758-A1, can you elaborate? If it's not a problem we can't solve then I would RMA the mobo and use the replacement.

Go with the GTX 480 over the GTX 470 if your gaming at High Resolutions. I wouldn't get a SC "SuperClocked" version, I have (2) of the regular EVGA 480's and they easily overclock to the same speeds as the SC version.

The i7 920 D0 rules :thumbsup:

Stick with the OCZ Platinum (3x2GB) DDR3 1600. Also the G.Skill kit you linked to is only a (2x2GB) kit. The i7 920 has a Triple Channel Memory Controller so you always want to buy kits with (3) modules, not (2).

The Hard Drives are really a matter of Choice, but you won't go wrong with Western Digital.

Instead of messing with new ram, which I don't advise, upgrade to Win 7 64-bit now instead :D
The freezing, which happens about 6/10 times, happens once the computer reaches the desktop and is used or idle for about 5-8 minutes. It completly freezes requiring a hard restart. This only happens after the computer has been off for awhile, typically overnight. Once I hard restart, all is well.

I have tried unplugging all usb, cables, etc., but it still happens. Trust me, i've done trial and error with everything. The MB is well outside of RMA, so should I try my luck with another one?

I will get the 480 (maybe sli later) standard edition. I will leave the ram. I didn't notice that it was 2 instead of 3 sticks. Thanks for pointing that out. It is good ram.

Do you know if newegg ships D0 revisions? As for an ssd, I plan on getting those instead of hdd, but not quite yet. I will upgrade to w7 eventually, but im still good with vista for now.

Will be getting the 500gb version, dont really need 1tb each. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320
The E758-A1 mobo has a Lifetime Warranty so it's never to late to RMA it. Post a HWMonitor screenshot please.

NewEgg has been shipping i7 920 D0 cpu for awhile. I don't think there are any C0 steppings left, but I could be wrong.
Here is the screenshot you wanted.

Another question, is my current power supply still enough for the upgrade? Didn't notice that lifetime. Will I get a new or used rma?


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I know, I want to o/c more than I can get my current cpu. Looking on newegg, the i7 930 is only $8 more than 920. Looks like I might get that instead.

Additional question, my current cpu heatsink, is it still good or is there an 'upgraded' version I should know about?
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