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Intel - i7/i5. Build advice!

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August 28, 2009 3:49:47 PM

Hi. Just want to get some advice on what you think of these builds. I will probably change the i7 CPU for the i5 when they're released and possible get a 5850 from the new 5xxx series.

The use of the build will be for gaming! Only difference between the rigs is the GPU.

Note: May stay with the i7 if prices drop a bit; but I doubt that with 2 less powerful CPUs being released.

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9199/i7rigw4890.jpg
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http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/1046/i7rigw2751.jpg

Advice, feedback, recommendations would be appreciated,

Thanks :D 

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August 28, 2009 4:28:10 PM

Just thought - i7 could be a waste; I load games quick with 3GB Ram & Core 2 Duo 4400 @ 2.00GHz so maybe i5 or Core 2 Quad could work.
August 28, 2009 5:22:31 PM

LGA 775 socket which is what you would call a C2Q or C2Dou/dual. Has hit it's phase point if you haven't noticed already. They stopped building on that socket and moved on to the i5/i7. Depending on your budget, can't really give you an explanation to what will make you happy.

There's a sticky on the front of HomeBuilt systems thread's posted by "TheAnimal". Go to it, copy and paste a new post so we can help you a little more.
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August 28, 2009 5:32:46 PM

If I were you I would probably slant towards the i5 CPU since it should be less expensive.

As for myself, if I were to upgrade I would probably go with the i7 CPU for the 6-core CPUs. Should be really good for encoding video, but it will be a very expensive option.
August 28, 2009 5:48:00 PM

@ jaguar

Thanks for reply, yeah I think I should go for i5. How much will it be roughly? £120-£170? i7 would be a waste for me personally.
August 28, 2009 5:50:50 PM

However, if i5 was £170, £30 wouldn't be that much of a difference.
August 28, 2009 7:00:46 PM

jaguarskx said:
If I were you I would probably slant towards the i5 CPU since it should be less expensive.

As for myself, if I were to upgrade I would probably go with the i7 CPU for the 6-core CPUs. Should be really good for encoding video, but it will be a very expensive option.

Depends on which Mobo and CPU you get. If for example you go with the ASUS ROG Maximus III(P55) and the Core i7(1156) 860(2.8Ghz) CPU those two add up to around $550 usd and then add in the low voltage DDR3 Dual Channel which will be slightly high price at launch. You most likely will end up around $700 +/- usd, this is all before OS, PSU, Graphic card, Case and CPU Cooler added in.

The Core i9(1366) CPU will only be available for the X58 mobos'.
August 28, 2009 8:04:05 PM

+1 yoosty
A good i5 system will cost you as much as a pretty good i7 system, at
least according to reported prices. Granted, the good i5 system will eventually come down lower than the good i7 system in a couple of months but if you want to build soon, you may as well go for the pretty good i7 (920 DO). You'll learn to overclock and buy a better CPU cooler and then savage the i5.
August 28, 2009 8:29:03 PM

i5 + good mobo will cost you around $350, or less if you catch some promotional pricing. you will be able to use your 775 heat sink in the new i5 mobos, which is another $50 saved. Operating frequencies on i5 and i7 models are equal, only difference is the cache on the die, i.e. I would expect better overclocking on i5, since the cache is less. BTW Intel will give you the overclocking free with the turbo mode anyway, so no hassle here

i5 is going to be perfect for gaming as performance and price and it is worth waiting one more week for around $250 price difference of the build. Availability - first week of Sep 09

Radeon 5800 will retail just before the Win 7 launch, so one more month waiting for those. They are great, Nvidia is at least 6 months behind and nobody has anything so good as technology right now. Unbelievable performance and image quality, as they say "you won't believe your eyes"...I've seen it :)  , and I would wait for those.


August 29, 2009 10:27:24 AM

ananke said:
i5 + good mobo will cost you around $350, or less if you catch some promotional pricing. you will be able to use your 775 heat sink in the new i5 mobos, which is another $50 saved. Operating frequencies on i5 and i7 models are equal, only difference is the cache on the die, i.e. I would expect better overclocking on i5, since the cache is less. BTW Intel will give you the overclocking free with the turbo mode anyway, so no hassle here

i5 is going to be perfect for gaming as performance and price and it is worth waiting one more week for around $250 price difference of the build. Availability - first week of Sep 09

Radeon 5800 will retail just before the Win 7 launch, so one more month waiting for those. They are great, Nvidia is at least 6 months behind and nobody has anything so good as technology right now. Unbelievable performance and image quality, as they say "you won't believe your eyes"...I've seen it :)  , and I would wait for those.


Great! Just what I was looking for. Thanks very much. I'll have to wait another month before I can do a rig up :(  .

Thanks again.
August 29, 2009 11:48:17 AM

GriMz said:
Hi. Just want to get some advice on what you think of these builds. I will probably change the i7 CPU for the i5 when they're released and possible get a 5850 from the new 5xxx series.

The use of the build will be for gaming! Only difference between the rigs is the GPU.

Note: May stay with the i7 if prices drop a bit; but I doubt that with 2 less powerful CPUs being released.

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9199/i7rigw4890.jpg
&
http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/1046/i7rigw2751.jpg

Advice, feedback, recommendations would be appreciated,

Thanks :D 


Personally, I'd wait for release, further reviews and good supplies of both CPU's and MB's. Then you can make an informed decision. Right now all anyone can do is make semi-informed guesstimates.
August 29, 2009 12:17:28 PM

croc said:
Personally, I'd wait for release, further reviews and good supplies of both CPU's and MB's. Then you can make an informed decision. Right now all anyone can do is make semi-informed guesstimates.



Agreed 100%
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