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September 11, 2009 11:11:30 AM

I had already decided on a Q9550, but now the i5 is out and im stuck deciding on which one to get. I know the i5 isnt hyperthreaded, but does that even matter?

I use Photoshop ALOT. Mess around with pics all the time. some are in the neighborhood of 15 meg. And I might have 10 of them up at once trying to combine and manipulate.

Gaming will be at a minimum. Maybe some video editing in the future.

can anyone chime in and give me a reason to go with one or the other?



I like AMD as well, Just not up on all the technology they have right now. I've heard the X3 is pretty fast, but I dont understand why the quad core isnt faster.

Im just overwhelmed with all the new technology.

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September 11, 2009 11:22:40 AM

^ The Q9550 and the i5 would have very similar performance...But the i5 are more efficient than the C2Q and are as you know the latest...
The DDR3 RAM with the i5s would help more with the Photoshop as they would offer more bandwidth...
As for AMD, yes even they are good...but only at the Mid segment like the X3...

What is the budget that you have allocated for the PC ?
It would help if you go with more than 4GB of RAM for your requirements...
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September 11, 2009 12:03:22 PM

I'd go with the i5 or if you want to go a little cheaper, AMD. Another benefit of the i5 is its socket will be used in the future (so later on upgrades are an option).

The reason the triple cores are so popular is few applications actually use four threads, so in most cases you can't tell the difference between the quad and the triple (and obviously they are cheaper too). In a true four core app, the quad will win easily.
September 11, 2009 12:14:33 PM

I was a little concerned about the i5 and no hyperthreading. But will it really matter?

My budget is around 800-900.

I found this build by WHY_ME on another thread a few mins ago...


Try the new i5. :) 

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I dont need the video card, I have a older ATI Radeon 9700 I can use. I think its only like 256mb though. It might be 512 but i dont think so. So i could save the 200$ there and put it into a nice LCD.

I was looking at the 640gig version of the WD drive so i can save 25 or 30 bucks there too.

This is the case i was looking at....69.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the PS...89.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Might be over kill...Not sure...
September 11, 2009 12:28:28 PM

^ Yes that PSU is an overkill...Even a Corsair 400CX can run that PC...
Switch to any of these PSUs...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for the graphics card, atleast get this card...
9600GSO - Reason - Photoshop would use CUDA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And if you can, get more than 4GB of RAM as photoshop takes good advantage of the additional RAM...
You wouldn't require an aftermarket CPU cooler if you are not overclocking...the stock would suffice...
September 11, 2009 1:08:15 PM

I do plan on overclocking....Would be pointless not too with this setup...
So, i'll stick with the aftermarket cooler...

Since i do plan on overclocking, that was the reason i wanted the bigger powersupply, i would like to be able to run dual ATI video cards sometime in the future, but the budget doesnt support it now.

Thanks for all the help.
September 14, 2009 4:23:23 AM

Actually even if you dont overclock, intel's turbo mode would take care of it...
But obviously if you know to overclock, then you should go ahead with it...But I doubt that aftermarket cooler would allow for a good overclock, but should be far better than the stock one though...

And as for the graphics card, its your call...the next gen ATI cards are very powerful and I highly doubt you would require the power of 2...
So if you think you would need, then stick with that 650TX...Else get any of the 500W PSUs that I have linked... - Preferably Seasonic, Silverstone, Antec EA...
September 22, 2009 5:36:15 AM

I don't know if anyone has pointed this out, but the Q9550 does not have Hyper Threading technology either.
... But the i5 DOES have TurboBoost, which pretty much makes them the same speed; although the i5 would outperform the Q9550 without it.
You probably already have your components by now, just thought I would point that out.
Plus, you can search around those deal forums of the slick variety... you can get the i5 for about $160 after tax and shipping. It's cheaper than the Q9550, and you can still use DDR2 until DDR3 comes down in price. There's no reason not to get the i5, it does everything the Q9550 does, but better. And, since it's not the i7, i5 boards are about the same price as what the Q9550 would use.
September 22, 2009 10:35:46 AM

Do you really need 4 cores for image editing? I would assume RAM is more important here.
September 23, 2009 12:04:54 PM

OK...

I think i have finally decided on my configuration. I have a few questions about memory, but tell me what you guys think.

CPU

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Depending on my final price which processor I go with. If i can go the extra $100 i'll get the i7.

And i saw that deal you were talking about for the i5. There isnt a microcenter close to me. So thats useless to me i think.

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already received a cool master case and corsair 600w PS.

Thinking about this basic video card. Since im not much of a gamer.

ASUS EN9600GSO/DI/512MD3/V2 GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or this
SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now my question is about memory. I see you guys recommending G.Skill Ripjaw series a lot. There are about 4 different types of this memory with different timings and speeds. I have no idea which one is better. Higher price = better? And i see where ppl are overclocking the memory too with little effort.

So if someone could explain the memory or recommend something or even a web site where i could read about it.

Thanks alot.

And im trying to find these components in combo deals too to save a few bucks. Just have to figure out which combo would be better.
September 23, 2009 1:35:35 PM

Thanks for the links, but what does the clocking mean? 8-8-8-24, 7-7-7-24. Is there a better one?

Then there is DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) and DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800). I dont know what these mean. Speeds? So the 3rd link you posted would be better than the 1st 2?

Thanks
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