I know from the title, this may seem like a crazy question, however I can explain.
I was attempting to build a computer, and as it turns out I won't have much time for this current build and currently looking for at a couple of namebrand providers...
Well this one build is an i7 920 2.66 ghz and 8mb of DDR3 at 1067, the other build is an i7 860 2.8 ghz with 6mb of DDR3 at 1333. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same apart from the processor and ram.
Graphics card is a ATI Radean 4850. One I hope to replace with a 5870 at a later time.
Both builds are about 50-100$ apart and Im just curious, is the 1333 significantly better than the 1067. or can the 1067 be replaced by a 1333 or 1600 later on?
Appreciate the help!
Any questions to help clarify this, please let me know, I know I'm a little rusty on the lingo.
Those are great reads! Now I'm a little torn about what to do with my future haha. But it looks like I'm staying with the 2.66. And later on buy some 1333 Ram. And perhaps have a future for DX11 with a 58** series from ATI. Sound like a good plan?
I think there is a mistake on the ram your unnamed providers are suggesting.
A i7-920 implies a X58 motherboard which will usually have 6 triple channel ram slots. 8mb(I presume 8gb) is a strange size offering since it will leave you in two channel mode. 6gb or 12gb would be the normal offering.
The i7-860 implies a P55 motherboard which will be oriented to some multiple of two channels, 4gb or 8gb would be the normal offering.
You also need to be careful about the psu that is included in a pre-built. It usually is sufficient to power only what is ordered, and will not handle any upgrades. The psu may also be of minimal quality.
A pre-built vendor makes money on all the trialware and bloatware they can install. It will take you more time to remove it all(if you can) than a building it yourself.
If you are doing lots of multitasking, then go the X58 and 6gb route.
Upgrading the graphics card later is a good strategy. Just make sure that your initial psu will be capable of running a stronger card. Something from Corsair, Seasonic, PC P&C or Antec in the 600w range will be OK.
The speeds you listed for each cpu are in fact the maximum official supported speeds for each platform. 1366 officially supports 800/1066 + 1156 supports up to 1066/1333 .
They both can run ram faster but its technically o/c. If you buy a 920 with 1066, it would absolutely never be worth upgrading the ram. The performance increase is something you see only in synthetic benchmarks. yes its different if building from the ground up , original purchase its not a bad thing to spend some extra bucks to get higher speed rated memory but never to buy and replace.