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October 10, 2009 2:10:18 PM

Alright Here it Goes


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Super Novice video editing, Super novice image editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS (Windows 7 for $30 from college), PSU: Corsair 750 PSU, Case: Thermaltake Element S, CPU Heatsink: Xigmatex Dark Knight. I have a 1680x1050 monitor that is great.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU and ATI Graphics

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Goal: Run Crysis and Very High. I have a couple of questions I would like you to respond to after looking at my parts. First how far down the line will 5870x2 come out? Second, will their be a bottleneck with i5 processor and the 2x5850? Does the LGA 1156 have a future upgrade path, like the i7 does? How much will 5870x2 cost, and is it worth it to have a future quad gpu build? I would like to get 2x5870x2 as a future upgrade path. Will I need i7 to 2x 5870x2 in crossfire.

[5870x2 Means the dual GPUs on one card] [2x5870 means 2 GPUs]
[When i mention i7 I mean LGA 1366 socket processors]

Motherboard

EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


I like this board because of the 775 socket support, because I currently don't have a bracket for my Dark Knight.
If their is another board that is better with either a LGA 775 or a LGA 1366 mounting bracket, and has Crossfire support, that would be awesome.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail


i5 or i7, looking down the line for future upgrades.

2x Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM


To be run in Raid 0, or even the 2x500gb WD Raid Drives.

OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOU16004GK - Retail


DDR3 1600 for Overclocking. Fairly low Cars Latency for the price.

2x GIGABYTE GV-R585D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail



Should I get this or wait for 5870x2 then get an i7 and down the line get another 5870x2 down the line and upgrade the i7 processor? Or how much will I be able to upgrade the current LGA 1156 socket, maybe a greater PCI-E lane within the CPU or something along those lines?

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October 10, 2009 7:56:00 PM

"ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Goal: Run Crysis and Very High. I have a couple of questions I would like you to respond to after looking at my parts. First how far down the line will 5870x2 come out? Second, will their be a bottleneck with i5 processor and the 2x5850? Does the LGA 1156 have a future upgrade path, like the i7 does? How much will 5870x2 cost, and is it worth it to have a future quad gpu build? I would like to get 2x5870x2 as a future upgrade path. Will I need i7 to 2x 5870x2 in crossfire."

Nobody knows for certain except for Intel what the future holds for socket 1156. It's confirmed that 1366 will launch the i9 but at the price of a 6core CPU many people will not purchase it for quite some time. Intel may or may not launch a 6core CPU for the 1156 but nobody really knows. It's a possibility Intel will release a 6core CPU for 1156 since they released the i7 for socket 1156.

The 5870x2 and 5850x2 will probably debut around Q1 2010 or following the top secret launch date of nVidia's GTX 300 series. Once again, nobody knows for sure except the manufactures. Expect the prices for the 5870x2 to be around $500 at launch and the 5850x2 around $400 at launch.

The i5/i7 should use the new ATi 5000 series video cards pretty well. You won't see anymore performance from the GPU with an 1366 socket over a 1156 socket so either or will do. The CPU may bottleneck the GPU but far less than the ATi 4000 and nVidia GTX 200 series does.

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As far as your rig is concerned, you have a very nice set up going. I wouldn't bother getting a ATi 5000 series Crossfire setup, especailly with your monitor resolution lower than 1080p. Ati 5000 series are more than capable of using 3 monitors at 1080p on high settings so a single 5850 or 5870 will be enough. If you want the most power for your GPU just stick with a single 5870 for now. There is no reason to get a ATi 5000 series Crossfire setup unless you are using more than 3 monitors at this time.

On a side note, do you really need 2TB of disk space? You may do just fine with two 500GB HDD in a RAID0 configuration or a single 1TB HDD. Other than that you have a very solid rig! [:bohleyk:1]
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October 10, 2009 9:32:02 PM

"Nobody knows for certain except for Intel what the future holds for socket 1156. It's confirmed that 1366 will launch the i9 but at the price of a 6core CPU many people will not purchase it for quite some time. Intel may or may not launch a 6core CPU for the 1156 but nobody really knows. It's a possibility Intel will release a 6core CPU for 1156 since they released the i7 for socket 1156."

Lol, look at intel's roadmap, I doubt they'll release 6c/12t for 1156.
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October 18, 2009 12:28:17 AM

Would I be able to run crysis on the highest setting with 5850 on a 1680x1050? I use that as my benchmark for future proof. And I just wanna run crysis on super high.
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