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~$1400 Render/Game box i7 1156 or 1366?

Last response: in Systems
September 11, 2009 7:17:56 AM


BUDGET RANGE: US $1200-$1400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3d rendering, adobe suite (ps, illustrator, indesign- generally all open at once), gaming (Least important! eg: vid card 1st place to make sacrifices)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers / monitor


PARTS PREFERENCES: intel core i7 (with turboboost & hyperthreadding) / nvidia graphics for adobe CS4 acceleration

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (minor)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not essential

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200- maybe dual mon @ this res

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: May be adding additional solid state drive in the future- am using 2 drives for raid 1- mirror. Have ram listed 2x- for total of 8gb.

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drives

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Computer Case

RAZER Arctosa Black Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard

Logitech MX518 Wired Optical Gaming-Grade Mouse

MSI GeForce GTX 260 N260GTX-T2D896-OCv3 Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
(combo $25 off)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7 860 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
(combo w/ mobo for $20 off)

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail

Scythe KQ01-BK-3.5 "KAZE Q" Fan Controller
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
(combo - $4 off)

APC LE1200 4 Outlets Automatic Voltage Regulator


Grand Total: $1,356.81
Am I missing anything? Better combos to be had? Let me know! Thanks all.
September 11, 2009 8:32:25 AM

^ Frankly you can get an i7 920 with 12GB of RAM in Tri channel, that would be better for CS4 and other rendering apps...

i7 920 + 12GB Corsair DDR3 1600MHz

Mobo + Graphics - This graphics card is more than suffice for you requirements...
1. EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB + 2. EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366

Case + PSU - You wont require that 750TX at all...this PSU can even handle 2x GTS 250
Antec Illusion + Antec EA 650

Rest same...

Maybe add an aftermarket CPU cooler like the Xig Dark knight or Scythe Mugen 2 for better CPU cooling...

Total - $1257 not counting in Mail-In-Rebates and Shipping.
So would you still stick with that Dual-Channel setup with 8GB?
September 11, 2009 8:45:36 AM

gkay09 said:
This graphics card is more than suffice for you requirements...

Sorry to nitpick, but every time I see you post "is more than suffice" I cringe inside. The word would be sufficient, or "will more than suffice." (Sorry in advance if english isn't your first language or something, it's just a pet peeve).
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September 11, 2009 8:55:41 AM

@Mierin thanks I will correct it from next time... :) 
And am not from a country where English is the first language...
September 11, 2009 7:19:46 PM

Youd be a damn fool not to go i7 920 socket 1366.
September 11, 2009 8:55:42 PM

Thanks for the feedback- so you guys think it is worth upgrading for the fact that the newer i7 has a much more sophisticated turbo - giving me a significant boost in anything that isn't threaded fully?
I thought that the adobe suite didn't always take full advantage of quad cores?

proc stock thread max turbo tdp price
Intel Core i7 860 2.80GHz 4 / 8 3.46GHz 95W $284
Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 4 / 8 2.93GHz 130W $284

I do realize I loose the tripple channel, but you think that the extra memory offsets the higher mobo cost and poorer boost?
September 12, 2009 5:33:51 AM

Unless there are more ideas- I think I will go with the i7 920 - better upgrade path and also more ram.

This mobo looks good- positive reviews on toms and also Anandtech. No combo deals, but it is quite a bit less in original price.

ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
September 14, 2009 4:34:45 AM

If you are planning even for a minor overclock, I think that "Turbo mode" would be out of picture...
The i7 920 can reach 3GHz+ at stock voltages...So forget about the turbo mode...

And as for that ASRock mobo, it is a very good option to consider...Even TOM has a review of that board...