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November 3, 2009 4:58:08 PM

Hi

I'm going to build a new gaming system by xmas time and I'm trying to decide between a p55 or x58 system. So here's the question, do I want to spend $2500ish on a dual gpu x58 system, or go the budget single gpu p55 system now for about $1700?

I had a x58 system all planned out and was pretty much decided on it but then I found out that PCI-e 3.0 will start hitting the market by q1-q2 2011(is that right?). I'm just not so sure I want to build a high end dual gpu system right now when there's a new pci-e socket only a year away.

I want to build a high end gaming rig but now my better judgment is telling me to go p55 and single gpu and save almost $1000. I figure I'll ride the p55 train for 2 years, then build a new system once PCI-e 3.0 has had a year to mature. I Don't know, what do you think?

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November 3, 2009 5:24:49 PM

There is always going to be bigger and better around the coner, USB 3.0, SATA 6gbs, light scribe, PCI-e 3.0. So you just have to decdie when is right for you.

If i were you and didnt mind waiting a couple months i would wait till christmas and get a deal on a USB 3.0 and SATA 6gs motherboard and go from there. I would just get one 5870 but build with the mindset of adding a second down the road when they drop in price and you need the extra preformance.

Waiting on anything beyond a couple months and you might be waiting for ever.
November 3, 2009 7:16:12 PM

"$2500 for a dual GPU X58 system and $1700 for a single GPU P55 system", how on earth did you come up with those numbers? You could build a P55 rig running a single ATI 5870 for around $1000, not including OS, monitor and other peripherals of course.

But as the poster above me has mentioned, you should be able to get some pretty sweet deals if you can wait till christmas.
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November 4, 2009 2:47:04 AM

I'm getting a SSD and aftermarket cooler either way, that's why the prices I have are higher. This is the P55 system I'm looking at.

OCZ Vertex 60GB
Gigabyte P55M-UD4 mATX
Intel Core i5 750
Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 4GB
Antec Mini P180
Corsair Professional HX650W
Western Digital green 640GB SATA
Noctua NH-U12P SE2
XFX Radeon HD 5870 850MHZ 1GB
cheap dvd writer

I'm pricing at NCIX(I'm canadian btw) and the build comes to $1622 after rebates and not including OS.
November 4, 2009 2:57:42 AM

Bandwidth isn't everything, throughput isn't everything. What is overlooked is latency. Why else would HDDs be limited to less than 1MB/s when doing REAL I/O; non-sequential I/O. Even the old UDMA33 (33MB/s) would not be a bottleneck today in such situations.

People focus too much on numbers; numbers they hear from companies who benefit from misleading their customers. Don't get yourself fooled and avoid the hypes!
November 4, 2009 11:36:10 AM

Vela said:
Hi

I'm going to build a new gaming system by xmas time and I'm trying to decide between a p55 or x58 system. So here's the question, do I want to spend $2500ish on a dual gpu x58 system, or go the budget single gpu p55 system now for about $1700?

I had a x58 system all planned out and was pretty much decided on it but then I found out that PCI-e 3.0 will start hitting the market by q1-q2 2011(is that right?). I'm just not so sure I want to build a high end dual gpu system right now when there's a new pci-e socket only a year away.

I want to build a high end gaming rig but now my better judgment is telling me to go p55 and single gpu and save almost $1000. I figure I'll ride the p55 train for 2 years, then build a new system once PCI-e 3.0 has had a year to mature. I Don't know, what do you think?


Dual 5870's is overkill for any existing game. I would guess even Crysis at 2560x1600 8xAA, etc... would scream on this.

If I were you, I would get a decent single card like a 5870 (If you can get one) with an i5 CPU and put the $1,000 towards a pcie 3.0 system in a couple of years. You'll likely be able to play all games for the next couple of years at decent settings if not max settings. 40 FPS will work as well as 100 FPS. I have an i5 CPU that cost me $160 from Microcenter and I rarely go over 15% utilization. The CPU won't be the bottleneck.
November 5, 2009 7:23:01 AM

Ok I'm going for the mATX P55 system, dropping the ssd and storage drive. Instead I'll just get a 1tb WD black drive, it is a budget system after all.

Now I just need to find a 5870, can't find them anywhere.
November 24, 2009 6:38:39 PM

I decided to purchase the GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 which is based on the acclaimed GA-P55-UD4P, but then with '333 onboard acceleration' added: USB 3.0, 3x USB Power Boost, SATA 3.0. I don't really care about SATA 3.0, but having USB 3.0 on board is nice, future proof bonus. Gigabyte will also release x58-based boards with '333' in the near future.
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