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December 24, 2009 3:27:32 PM

I'm having a bit of a debate here, whether to get the i7 860 or i5 750. Because of my budget, I can either get the i7 with a 5770 or the i5 with a 5850. The most demanding application I will be running is probably WoW which runs more on the cpu but seems to be about even as far as the i7's and i5's. So now it comes down to the gpu; obviously the 5850 is faster, but would it make up the difference between the two processors in day to day tasks?
I would also probably use turbo boost to overclock

Thanks


PS if anyone could knows anything about dual gigabit lan setups, could you just pm me I need some help there too

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December 24, 2009 3:52:46 PM

i5-750 & 5850 ALL THE WAY. This is a no-brainer for you. The only way anyone could recommend the 860 is if you're into HEAVY video editing and need the benefits of hyperthreading. Otherwise i5-750 and 5850 ALL THE WAY!

I know it may seem like I'm biased because I have an i5-750 and a 5850, but at least I'm putting my money where my mouth is! That makes for one hell of a gaming rig.
December 24, 2009 3:57:25 PM

I did a few minor changes to the build and now can afford to have the i7 860 and the 5850. This surely is better that the i5 + 5850, but probably not very significantly. The only other difference is that if I go i5 there is some extra budget left over but I dont really know where else I would put it. I think I will get the i7, unless you can persuade me.

No, I dont do any real video editing either.
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December 24, 2009 4:22:35 PM

Could you get an i5 and 5870 instead, or would that put you overbudget? For games, the graphics card is far more important than the CPU so long as the CPU is decently modern (and the i5 certainly counts in that category).
December 24, 2009 4:43:41 PM

cjl is right. even if u r concerned with i7's performance, a little overclocking of i5 750 will solve all ur problems.

i5 750 + 5870 is the right choice.
December 24, 2009 4:46:23 PM

I'm beginning to go to the i5 side. It seems like the best choice. Thanks for the input.
December 24, 2009 5:05:44 PM

Isn't there around an $80 price difference between the i5 and i7? That could get you a larger monitor, maybe a Blu-Ray drive instead of a DVD, or maybe a fancy gaming mouse/keyboard. Everyone will agree that the 860 is better than 750... but few people will agree it's the better value... ESPECIALLY if your usage doesn't benefit from hyperthreading.
December 24, 2009 5:07:01 PM

Or... that $80 could buy you an absolute TON of games on Steam during their Christmas sale this year through January 3rd.
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December 24, 2009 11:06:10 PM

coolwhhip said:
I'm having a bit of a debate here, whether to get the i7 860 or i5 750. Because of my budget, I can either get the i7 with a 5770 or the i5 with a 5850. The most demanding application I will be running is probably WoW which runs more on the cpu but seems to be about even as far as the i7's and i5's. So now it comes down to the gpu; obviously the 5850 is faster, but would it make up the difference between the two processors in day to day tasks?
I would also probably use turbo boost to overclock

Thanks


PS if anyone could knows anything about dual gigabit lan setups, could you just pm me I need some help there too


i5+5850 should be better in most of the situations including gaming and video encoding if I am not mistaken.
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December 24, 2009 11:23:57 PM

Dual Gigabit LAN

Gigabyte(LOTES):
P55A-UD4P: http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_...
P55A-UD5: http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_...
P55A-UD6: http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_...
(P55A-UD4P is the best buy, but get P55A-UD5 instead if you are in NZ as P55A-UD4P is only $30 or so cheaper here.)

ASUS(Foxconn):
P7P55D-E Deluxe: http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=wYtas0qRikEbOVWf&...
P7P55D-E EVO: http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=6tYErg5Gvuxs4VGz&...
P7P55D Deluxe: http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=yZD4yFdLw1l3gZ35&...
(All of these boards are expensive high-end one. No mid range ASUS m/b with dual Gigabit LAN)

ASUS used to be my favorite, but there might be some boards still with faulty Foxconn socket and so I get Gigabyte this time.
Besides, I actually found the Gigabyte being better as TOM suggested in the review.

Good luck on your new build!
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December 24, 2009 11:57:07 PM

andy5174 said:
i5+5850 should be better in most of the situations including gaming and video encoding if I am not mistaken.


Well if the video encoding program can use all 8 threads the i7's can offer then it would be better that the i5. Although, Scene this is mainly gaming the i5 would be the better choice. Money save on the i5 can be used for getting great gpu, ssd, or games.
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December 25, 2009 1:31:13 AM

If you MUST have hyperthreading, which is the only difference between the i5 750 and the i7 860, then I recommend the X3440 which has hyperthreading and costs less than the i7 860. Note that although the X3440 is a server chip, it will work on all P55 boards and may overclock better.
December 26, 2009 2:28:08 PM

andy5174 said:
Dual Gigabit LAN

Gigabyte(LOTES):
P55A-UD4P:
P55A-UD5:
P55A-UD6:
(P55A-UD4P is the best buy, but get P55A-UD5 instead if you are in NZ as P55A-UD4P is only $30 or so cheaper here.)

ASUS(Foxconn):
P7P55D-E Deluxe:
P7P55D-E EVO:
P7P55D Deluxe:
(All of these boards are expensive high-end one. No mid range ASUS m/b with dual Gigabit LAN)

ASUS used to be my favorite, but there might be some boards still with faulty Foxconn socket and so I get Gigabyte this time.
Besides, I actually found the Gigabyte being better as TOM suggested in the review.

Good luck on your new build!


Thanks for the recomendations but I already have a mobo picked out; the EVGA p55 sli board. I really just have no idea what dual gigabit lan really is or what setups are possible. I have a modem and router. Could you PM me maybe to explain more about it?

As for hyperthreading, I doubt it will benifit me much since I dont think I use anything that would use it. I dont do any video editing and WoW only uses one or two threads.

I used the extra 80 on a heatsink (for overclocking) and a larger monitor.
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