Upgrade to i7 920

7 Oct 2009
In a couple of months I plan to upgrade my current PC to a i7 920 chip.

Current PC:

Case: Coolermaster 690
CPU: Intel Q6600
M/B: Asus P5k-e
Ram: 4GB 800Mhz DDR2
Graphics: ATI HD4850
Sound: Soundblaster x-Fi
2 x Sata HDD (500GB, 250GB)
Power Supply: Jeantech 600W Artic

I intend to buy the CPU, Motherboard, memory and cooler, and replace them in the same case.
I have a couple of questions:

1. To save on cost, is a cheaper motherboard such as the Asus P6T SE, good enough?
2. For the memory would CL9 be that much worse than say CL8?

I aim to overclock the i7 920, but have never done this before, is it easy for a newbie to do. Or would I be better spending the extra on an overclocked bundle from Overclockers?

Buying the cheaper components would save about £70 over the cheapest bundle deal I’ve seen. Is the bundle worth the extra cost?

I want to upgrade as I have a lot of AVCHD camcorder footage I want to edit. I find the Q6600 struggles a bit. I’m not a heavy gamer, so SLI etc doesn’t interest me.
7 Oct 2009
Thanks Admiral for the quick reply.

That guide looks great. I'll have a read and see if I can get my head around it!

Re the Gigabyte UD3, is there any big disadvantage to only have 4 ram slots?
How does that work with triple channel memory?
Man of Honour
17 Feb 2003
Tripple channel is activated automatically when 3 slots are filled. So apart from there always being a spare slot (which is pointless) the only disadvantage is that if you upgrade from 3gig to 6gig then you'll need to replace all modules rather than just add them, like you can with the UD3s big brother the UD5. However, it's considerably more expensive. Just make sure you get 6gb from the offset then it won't be a problem. 6gig is more than enough for years to come.

UD5 also allows for 3-way SLi whereas the the UD3 allows up to two
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