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X58 or P45 or P55 thats the question?

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September 21, 2009 4:43:30 PM

Hi All,

I like many others used to be on top of my game when it came to hardware, overclocking and gaming rigs. Now I'm just an old married man with a mid life crisis trying to get back into a scene that I'm far to old for ;) 

I have read the reviews from this site, and other but still can't get my head around the way to progress.

Do I go for X58 putting in an i7 2.66 and await the dreams of faster processors being released next year so therefore having a longer life of mb and upgradability.

Or are there enough legs in the P45 to throw in a Q9550 and still have room to grow?

Or go for the P55 and pray for some more money to be able to afford the new i7 processor?

I'm a UK lad, but living in South Africa, and decent equipment is hard to come by, and when you do, you pay 3 times the price of the US / UK!! which is nice.....

Current quotation I have looks like this?

INTEL SKYBERG C2E ATX DDR3-1333 W/GBT (P45)
YORKFIELD CORE-2-QUAD Q9550
2 x 2G PC1333 DDR3
SEAGATE 750GB 7200RPM
NVIDIA GEFORCE 9800GTX
WINDOWS VISTA H/PREM
550W PSU

OR

INTEL SMACKOVER CI7 (X58)
BLOOMFIELD CORE i7 2.66
2 x 2G PC1333 DDR3
SEAGATE 750GB 7200RPM
NVIDIA GEFORCE 9800GTX
WINDOWS VISTA H/PREM
550W PSU

Please hear me..........I'm going on a few weeks of reading reviews, so please direct me to greener pastures!!

Thanks in advance

Ian

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September 21, 2009 5:57:06 PM

Of the 2 i'd go with the X58/i7 and remember that overclocking is your friend.
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September 21, 2009 6:07:12 PM

if you intend on going the 1366 i7 route, you'll definately need an aftermarket cooler. If you don't, you won't get too much of an overclock without your processor getting really hot. Even if you run that one at stock settings, I bet you'll be running 70C full load.

that's why I'd recommend the p55 and go with the socket 1156 i7.
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September 22, 2009 7:07:23 AM

So do others agree that it is better to go for the P55? Does this chipset seem to have longevity? From what I was looking at, I didn't see it going much past the new i5 / i7 processors?
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September 22, 2009 10:47:28 AM

The performance of the P45/Q9550 is close in performance to the P55/i5 750, but you won't have much of an upgrade path. At close to the same price as the P55/i7 860 you can get a X58/i7 920 which performs better, has an upgrade path and overclocks very well (check benchmarks both here at Toms and other sites). Because of your location you may find prices to be much better one way or another, but i'd probably avoid the LGA 775/P45/Q9550 if you can.
September 22, 2009 11:44:07 AM

For single video card go for P55/ i5, for multiple video cards X58/i7.
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September 22, 2009 1:26:01 PM

dirtmountain said:
The performance of the P45/Q9550 is close in performance to the P55/i5 750, but you won't have much of an upgrade path. At close to the same price as the P55/i7 860 you can get a X58/i7 920 which performs better, has an upgrade path and overclocks very well (check benchmarks both here at Toms and other sites). Because of your location you may find prices to be much better one way or another, but i'd probably avoid the LGA 775/P45/Q9550 if you can.


Well at the moment in time we dont know if they'll continue with 1156 socket or not. We only have info on the 1366.
September 25, 2009 11:18:52 AM

Hi all,

Thanks so much for all your input!! I'm sold so far on the X58/i7 920 path! I may need to now save up some extra money but this is a good way forward I think. I will be running a single card to start off with, although that is another whole new discussion :)  which gfx card, and which Motherboard is where I'm at now. If you have some input on that it would be very welcomed, although I realise now that I'm in the wrong forum for it :) 

Thanks again!! Greatly greatly appreciated!!

I have been looking up the processor options.

I can pick up a i7 920 for around £270 but then there is the Intel i7/Nehalem 920 processor. Its actually a touch cheaper, but wanted to check what that actually is? Is it better or worse than a "standard" i7 920?

Thanks again

Ian
September 25, 2009 12:51:26 PM

There are a couple of discounted X48 boards out there (Foxxconn Blackopps for example) so you should look at them as well as leser P45 boards.
September 25, 2009 1:59:38 PM

Ok how does this look for a spec??



* Intel® Core™ i7 920 2.66GHz (Potential overclock 3.4GHz)
* ASUS P6T X58 Motherboard
* 1 x NVIDIA GTX 275 896MB DDR3 Graphic in SLI Mode
* Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooling Solution
* Gigabyte ODDIN 720W Power Supply
* 6 GB OCZ (3 x 2GB) 1333Mhz Triple-Channel DDR3
* Seagate 1TB SATA 2 Hard Drive 32MB CACHE

Please again, I'm very open to options, so if this isn't ideal, then I'd rather make an informed change!!

Thanks again! you have all been great

Ian
September 25, 2009 2:51:32 PM

right, I've got the complete looking PC here.

Again, please can I have ur input.

OCZ PC3-12800 DDR3 6GB Plat Low-Voltage Triple Channel 3x2GB Kit Coolermaster V8
Corsair TX750W, Eps12V, ATX 12V V2.2 - 750w (12v : 720w)
Intel i7/Nehalem 920, 2.66ghz box cpu
Asus ENGTX275/HTDi/896MD Geforce GTX275
LG GH22LS30, 22x, Lightscribe
Seagate barracuda 7200.12 st31000528as, 1TB/1000gb, s-ata2
ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme - Republic of Gamers
Coolermaster RC-690, CM690 + Windowed side panel

Total Price: £1,387
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