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I can't decide what to do with the new Core i7 Gaming rig I just built

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March 11, 2009 12:10:02 AM

So I just built this core i7 gaming rig...

Intel Core i7 920 OC 3885MHz
Coolermaster V8 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte UD5 MOBO
6 Gigs G.Skill DDR3 Ram 1333 OC to 1480MHz
ATI Sapphire Dual 4870x2's CrossfireX
640 Gig Caviar Black 32MB Cache Hard Drive
1000 Watt Silverstone PSU
Sony DVD/RW
Apevia X-Cruiser Case w/Upgraded Fans

And I don't know if I should keep it, sell it and build a LGA 775 system for a few hundred dollars cheaper with the Nvidia GTX 295... I just don't know what to do.

This was my first build, and I think I rushed it or something, and could've built it better and cheaper.

Any ideas?

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March 11, 2009 12:24:27 AM

wick001 said:
So I just built this core i7 gaming rig...

Intel Core i7 920 OC 3885MHz
Coolermaster V8 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte UD5 MOBO
6 Gigs G.Skill DDR3 Ram 1333 OC to 1480MHz
ATI Sapphire Dual 4870x2's CrossfireX
640 Gig Caviar Black 32MB Cache Hard Drive
1000 Watt Silverstone PSU
Sony DVD/RW
Apevia X-Cruiser Case w/Upgraded Fans

And I don't know if I should keep it, sell it and build a LGA 775 system for a few hundred dollars cheaper with the Nvidia GTX 295... I just don't know what to do.

This was my first build, and I think I rushed it or something, and could've built it better and cheaper.

Any ideas?


Good lord, that must've cost a pretty penny
March 11, 2009 12:24:40 AM

uh...it looks like a really good build to me. What don't you like about it? You don't think you'll use all of its power?
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March 11, 2009 12:47:11 AM

Honestly, I think that I spent to much money on a computer and I think it's overkill for video games.

I mean the joy of a $2000+ PC just to play Crysis at full details, has wore off pretty quickly, and I find myself looking at my old HP Pavilion Media Center Pentium D 820, that did everything else I need it to do perfectly fine, which i spent $500 on 3 years ago.

So it's like, I want to be able to play Crysis and all other games for the next few years at full settings, but I don't want to spend anywhere near $2000, or $1500.
March 11, 2009 1:18:23 AM

Why dont you just enjoy it know that you dont have to upgrade it for quite a while.
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March 11, 2009 1:47:42 AM

If you sell it you might get barely enough cash to do the other build, which will be weaker. You might as well keep it now. It's a very nice build, that's for sure.
March 11, 2009 4:53:03 AM

I myself just made a similar upgrade, from a Pentium D rig to a build much like your own, only running a PII 940 rather than the i7. Keep it. If you've already got buyer's remorse on the new rig, I guarantee you'll have seller's remorse the second you part it out.
March 11, 2009 5:20:41 AM

EQPlayer said:
I myself just made a similar upgrade, from a Pentium D rig to a build much like your own, only running a PII 940 rather than the i7. Keep it. If you've already got buyer's remorse on the new rig, I guarantee you'll have seller's remorse the second you part it out.


I actually love my rig, however, the only thing that really gets me mad is the fact that I spent a lot of money on a fairly high end rig, then boom... the GTX 295 comes out being faster in Crysis & 3D-Vantage.

I know it's silly, but I wanted the best for longer than a month.
March 11, 2009 5:41:03 AM

Honestly the 4870x2 is pretty much on par with the GTX 295, especially at higher resolutions.
March 11, 2009 5:58:45 AM

I'll give you 1000AUD, and I'll pay the shipping...
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March 11, 2009 6:23:40 AM

Honestly, it won't be worth it now. Looks like a great build too - the main area you went overboard on was the graphics - unless you're running 2560x1600, a single 4870x2 is more than enough. Even at 1920x1200, my 4870x2 runs Crysis and Crysis Warhed cranked except for AA plenty smoothly. Aside from that though, your build looks fine, and there's no reason now to sell it and build a different setup.
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March 11, 2009 1:28:29 PM

wick001 said:
I actually love my rig, however, the only thing that really gets me mad is the fact that I spent a lot of money on a fairly high end rig, then boom... the GTX 295 comes out being faster in Crysis & 3D-Vantage.

I know it's silly, but I wanted the best for longer than a month.


LOL, I know the feeling. I spent $651 on a BFG 8800GTX OC2 way back in 2007, when it was the best card ever. 6 months later it wasn't even in the top 10 any more. It always happens. Learn to live with it because there is no solution. Sorry...
December 25, 2013 3:48:55 AM

I'll use that pc first so that I can enjoy my build. You can sell it of course BUT in lower price.
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