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Rethinking my build and need some advice <maybe going i7>

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January 2, 2009 8:07:08 PM

I have a post a little further down with a Q9300 build, but I went into Fry's today and they have the i7 920 CPU for $229.

So it is making me rethink my entire build. An i7 build with a X58 Mobo is going to be much upgradeable in the future. (I think)

If I go with the i7 CPU what Motherboard and memory would you guys recommend? <I lean toward as that was in build this month> Though the MSI board doesn't look bad either.

If I can build an i7 system for the same price as a q9300, shouldn't I do it?? I was all set to buy the components this weekend and this has turned everything upside down. ;) 

Thanks again for all the help!


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January 2, 2009 8:30:30 PM

I7 build --> $ 1074.96
$299 I7 920

$94 3GB triple channel memory

$209 X58 motherboard

$199.99 4870 gpu

$109.99 Antec 900

$70 power supply, great deal! Pc power and cooling 750w

$22.99 dvd lightscribe Samsung

$69.99 640gig western digital
this one is $994.96 (you could save more money on the vid card)

$299 I7 920

$94 3GB triple channel memory

$209 X58 motherboard

$199.99 4870 gpu

$99.99 Antec sonata 3 power supply included

$22.99 dvd lightscribe Samsung

$69.99 640gig western digital

get this vid card instead and shave $60 more off = $934.95
$134.99 4850 gpu

January 2, 2009 8:31:07 PM

problem with i7 is you need to get x58 mobo and they are more expensive.

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January 3, 2009 10:58:25 AM

none of the MB listed are that good, get a good board or you limit your upgrade options. Looking at the number of RAM slots, you should get 6 slots.
January 5, 2009 8:52:38 AM

An i7 build will cost 250-300 more. A good x58 board like the Asus P6T cost 300. If you go with just 3 gigs of triple channel memory it will be about 100 bucks but for 6 gigs of triple channel you're looking at 150-250 depending on brand and speed.
January 5, 2009 2:23:26 PM

if you can get an i7 chip for cheap AND a x58 for cheap AND 3x2gig ddr3 for CHEAP, then get the i7 build. If not, pick a q9x50/p45/2x2 ddr2 and be happy.

Keep in mind that i7 are getting replaced in a year for a die-shrink and a new socket. You'll be stuck there just as much.
January 5, 2009 2:45:59 PM

ya well if intel stays on their schedule of putting out new processors the new ones coming out in a year will be outdone a year after their release as well. I would look at picking up the asus p6t or the evga board, just because of quality and flexibility.

It depends on what you plan on doing with your computer, and how many graphics cards you plan on running. This ussualy is the deciding factor for me when saying go with the qxxxx stuff or the i7.
January 10, 2009 4:45:31 PM

The build is done and so far so good! Thank you everyone for your help on my numerous posts and threads!

One quick question: The MSI motherboard's software is showing the CPU temp at 22 degrees Celcius. Coretemp 0.99.3 shows each core of the i7 and its temperatures range between 31C and 37C. Which is more accurate? Should I be concerned?

Thanks again!