Can't decide between 2 builds & need advice

Im building a new rig, for gaming/work. I will be ordering the parts within 7 days. My ordeal is, I can't decide between X58 and P55 i7. The two cpu's are the 920 i7 and the 860 i7 and I'd like to OC them, but I dont know how, never messed with it before really. Which would be the better way to go? X58 or P55 and why?

Here are the build parts.

X58:

CPU: i7 920
GPU: ATI 5770
MOBO: ASUS P6T
RAM: G.Skill 6gb
PSU: Corsair 750watt
HD: WD Caviar Black 640gb
CPU COOLER: Dark Knight
Case: Antec 1200

Total: $1670, $1650 after rebates (both builds include other items: mouse/disc drive/mouse pad/case fans. etc etc)

P55

CPU:i7 860
GPU: ATI 5770
MOBO: EVGA P55 FTW
RAM: 2x G.Skill Ripjaw 4gb
PSU:Corsair 750watt
HD: WD Caviar Black 640gb
CPU COOLER: AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2
Case: Antec 1200

Total: $1680, $1665 after rebates.

Both builds are the same basically, $$ wise. Im wanting to have the best computer for this budget for about 2-3 years. I will crossfire in the near future.

Which of the two are the better builds and why?

Thank you.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Work, web browsing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: N/A

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, unless cheaper elsewhere. USA.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Im going with an Intel/ATi build.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, in the near future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080,

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: N/A
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  1. Can you edit your post in this format, as it answers a lot of questions that we may have, then we could give you the most suitable answer:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice


    What type of gaming, like resolution? and max settings? DX9, dx10 or dx11?

    What type of work? designing? editing? cpu intensive?
  2. Edit: ^+1
    Well, for the same price, the X58 is better, but you could easily cut back on the P55 motherboard (there's no reason to get one that's that expensive). Also, consider switching to a F3. Then, for the P55 build, get a Hyper+.
  3. Assuming you are gaming and doing non intensive cpu work...

    Here's a build that you could use as a reference..

    I only used newegg, but you can use other sites if you can find the same parts for cheaper.
    Or if you can find better combos at newegg

    Here's an i5 750 build with new monitor, no O.S

    >MOBO+RAM
    30 dollar discount
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.289943

    >Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=haf_922-_-11-119-197-_-Product

    >CPU

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5_750-_-19-115-215-_-Product

    >Hard drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=spnpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

    >Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102857&cm_re=5850-_-14-102-857-_-Product

    >Monitor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049


    >Optical Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    >Heatsink

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    >Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Total: $1,288.88 Before Rebate

    This build gives you the ability to crossfire/sli in the future if new games are more demanding. You could add in another graphics card, the power supply is decent and could handle 2 graphics card.
  4. ^ Please, please stop posting this on every post that contains the words P55 or X58
  5. jbl91 said:
    ^ Please, please stop posting this on every post that contains the words P55 or X58


    Got anything constructive to say to the OP? Reported.
  6. overshocks said:
    Got anything constructive to say to the OP?

    Hmmm, I don't know it might be above my head ;) In most situations, I would recommend the 860 due primarily to it's higher frequency and larger turbo mode. But, if the OP is doing rendering or something similar that can take advantage of triple channel RAM, then the 920 could be a better choice.
  7. ^+1. Also, you could easily get a 650W PSU.
  8. I wont be doing any rendering or stuff of that nature.

    Please keep posting your thoughts. thanks!

    24" monitor... just some architect programs for work. and games, mainly the Call of Duty series.
  9. Anyone else?
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