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I7 920 Vs. i7 860

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November 5, 2009 12:47:57 AM

Which set up is better?

Motherboard and Processor Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this set up?

Motherboard and Memory Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The difference in price is about $93

I forgot to mention that this is going to be strictly for HD Video and Photo Editing. No gaming.

More about : 920 860

November 5, 2009 12:51:37 AM

^ Second combo don't work. i7 920 uses x58 not p55, and i7 920 uses 3gb,6gb,12gb,or 24gb of ram not 4gb..
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November 5, 2009 1:01:50 AM

I put the wrong processor. I meant to put the i7 860. I made the edit. Thanks overshocks.
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November 5, 2009 1:09:40 AM

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the X58 platform will run two PCIe 2.0 x16 lanes, whereas the P55 will run x8 x8. You might want to consider this depending on what your GPU situation looks like.

And also, 1366 has a better upgrade path, supports tripple channel memory, 920 is $200 if you can get to a microcenter.
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November 5, 2009 1:18:23 AM

The 860 is 95w vs 125w of the 1366. The 860 is clocked at 2.8 vs 2.66 of the 1366. The x8 pcie lanes have proven to be almost insignificant in testing. Triple channel memory hasnt proven to be much difference for gaming.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-lynnfield,2...

Edit: as well as hyper boost, as far as upgrade path, who needs a 6 core 700 dollar processor anytime soon?
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November 5, 2009 1:25:49 AM

Also, check this post http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/273945-31-poll
Namely this
Quote:
1. 860's frequency is higher
2. 860's turbo mode is far greater
3. 860's TDP is far lower
4. 860's intel specified supported ram frequency is higher
5. 860's overall price is far lower
6. Initial very high price of gulftown cpus
7. Lack of compelling need for 16x/16x crossfire
8. Limited benefit of triple channel ram

-jbakerlent
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November 5, 2009 1:26:04 AM

Has there been any testing with, say, 2 5850s? Do those cards require more bandwidth than older ones? Should one expect to benefit from two x16 lanes in that case?
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November 5, 2009 1:27:28 AM

Thanks for the comments guys but just to reiterate this is not a gaming rig.
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November 5, 2009 3:57:52 AM

sonic-boom said:
The 860 is 95w vs 125w of the 1366. The 860 is clocked at 2.8 vs 2.66 of the 1366. The x8 pcie lanes have proven to be almost insignificant in testing. Triple channel memory hasnt proven to be much difference for gaming.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-lynnfield,2...

Edit: as well as hyper boost, as far as upgrade path, who needs a 6 core 700 dollar processor anytime soon?


when faster cards get release in the future the x8 x8 will not be able to hold up, having said that x8 x8 is still good as of today, but not in future, since cards will be 2x as fast and will be bottlenecked by x8 x8.

also it's not 700 dollar processor, it's more like 1000+ USD for 6 core when it's released.

also, i think you meant turbo boost, not "hyper boost"
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November 5, 2009 3:59:04 AM

mortonww said:
Has there been any testing with, say, 2 5850s? Do those cards require more bandwidth than older ones? Should one expect to benefit from two x16 lanes in that case?


you do benefit from x16 x16 vs x8 x8, not a lot of difference, 1-5% increase in frames per second..read my above post as cards get faster..x8 x8 will be a bottleneck.
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November 5, 2009 4:00:18 AM

ragsters said:
Thanks for the comments guys but just to reiterate this is not a gaming rig.


in that case, get a i5 750 cpu instead, that's MORE than enough, if you don't game. what do you use your computer for?

can you edit your post in this format :
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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November 5, 2009 4:11:06 AM

ragsters said:

I forgot to mention that this is going to be strictly for HD Video and Photo Editing. No gaming.



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November 5, 2009 4:17:07 AM

^missed that

well i5 750 is still powerful enough for hd video + photo editing.
so the OP could save a few bucks on the cpu
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November 5, 2009 4:48:31 AM

^Um check link.

did he say video editing or hd video playback..umm
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November 5, 2009 5:58:13 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Either board would be fine. They have nearly identical specs and Gigabyte and Asus both make very nice boards.

This combo would sway me towards the Gigabyte board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


+1
the gigabyte board is cheaper, it has 2x eSata if you didn't know.
the specs are pretty much the same, just go with gigabyte, it's cheaper.
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November 5, 2009 6:06:07 PM

Actually the Asus board is cheaper with a new promo code I got in the mail it ends up being $129.99.
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November 5, 2009 7:24:55 PM

^you never told me that.
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