What i5? (A good mobo that would work with this too :))

So im planning on building a simple gaming computer that really isnt all that high end so heres the scoop:

I was planning on building with the AMD Phenom II x4 955 and the MSI 770-C45 AM3 ATX. But a few people on Tom's told me that if i was going to go nVidia SLI I would want Intell processors(or mobos, which comes down to the same thing doesnt it? lol), but i cant decide what i5 to get because of all the many choices, i think i want this one becuase of its higher cache and its a quad core:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

But im not familiar with the intell procs becuase all my research has been on AMD. Any help for this would be greatly apreciated!

Also a good CHEAP mobo for the i5 that would support SLI is needed too so if you could help me out on that too. Preferably about 80-100$$...

Thanks Ahead guys! :D

Oh yea, i do love links :pt1cable: lol.
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  1. Good choice of Processor, although if you want to do SLI you ideally want an LGA1366 i7 as the X58 motherboards are capable of running 2 cards at full x16 bandwidth whereas the 1156 systems have to share 16 lanes between 2 cards. While this doesn't cause major problems with current cards it may in the future.

    If you do go i5 the Asus P7P55D is one of the best boards.
  2. So the 16 lanes between two cards doesnt lower the performance? I cant afford that much money :).

    Is there another board that supports SLI thats just a little cheaper?? :)
  3. I'll back up the recommendation for the I5-750, it's the only I5 that is actually a quad core, the others are 32nm duals with integrated graphics.

    I'm useless on Intel mobo recommendations, I'll let some Intel system builders guide you there.
  4. lol thanks though! :) :bounce:
  5. Simple gaming system and you are deciding between amd's and intel's best cpus eh? ;) (not including i7s 2% advantage due to tripple channel and ht in gaming)

    +1 i5 750.

    However if your budget is tight id look into i3 or a cheaper amd and put more into the gpu.

    Oh yeah, 5870 doesn't get a significant loss until 4x on the pci lanes, don't worry about the 8x/8x lane, especially if your budget is tight. 1366 mobos tend to cost a bit more.
  6. Tell us yout budget and we can suggest you the best choice to your use.
  7. For the mobo- 80-120$$ give or take 10$... lol im still waiting for the paycheck.. :)

    Oh how long will the 1156 (i5) socket last do you think? I want my mobo to last lol :). 775 has lasted for forever...

    Thanks!
  8. The cheapest 1366 on the egg right now is $160. :)

    1156 has Sandy Bridge coming later on I believe.
  9. Sandy Bridge?
  10. So is there a reliable 1156 board out there? for about 100$?
  11. Will this: ECS P55H-A run SLI, it isnt SLI certified, but it has two PCI-e 16x 2.0 slots and its x-fire certified... Does it have to be ceritified for it to run SLI?
  12. gidgiddonihah said:
    So im planning on building a simple gaming computer that really isnt all that high end so heres the scoop:

    I was planning on building with the AMD Phenom II x4 955 and the MSI 770-C45 AM3 ATX. But a few people on Tom's told me that if i was going to go nVidia SLI I would want Intell processors(or mobos, which comes down to the same thing doesnt it? lol), but i cant decide what i5 to get because of all the many choices, i think i want this one becuase of its higher cache and its a quad core:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    But im not familiar with the intell procs becuase all my research has been on AMD. Any help for this would be greatly apreciated!

    Also a good CHEAP mobo for the i5 that would support SLI is needed too so if you could help me out on that too. Preferably about 80-100$$...

    Thanks Ahead guys! :D

    Oh yea, i do love links :pt1cable: lol.


    Well I had something in mind but I don't think you might like it. it's $119.99

    GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425

    I have this board for the Intel i5 750 and I had no issues with it.

    Hope this helps
  13. @Keiki646:

    P55-USB3 comes with one PCI-E 16x and one 4x which is extremely bad for SLI/CF.

    He needs two 8x PCI-E for SLI and CF.

    The cheapest Gigabyte SLI/CF MB is P55M-UD4 which will cost $150. That is $50 over OP's budget.
  14. @OP:

    There is no SLI/CF MB that is both good and cheap!
  15. andy5174 said:
    @OP:

    There is no SLI/CF MB that is both good and cheap!

    Agree
  16. lol ty anyways...

    EVGA 120-LF-E650-TR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard: is this a good one?

    Or the:
    EVGA 120-LF-E650-TR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    Or the:
    EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
    (This one is expensive, but it has a mail and rebate.. :) so im not sure lol)

    What is the best one? :)
  17. Keiki, love the Nihongo!

    本当にありがとうございます
  18. Best answer selected by gidgiddonihah.
  19. gidgiddonihah said:
    Keiki, love the Nihongo!

    本当にありがとうございます


    Do you even know what I said????? Nihongo is for lazy people
  20. __ thank-you (aligatougozoimasu)

    Im only in second year :)
  21. gidgiddonihah said:
    __ thank-you (aligatougozoimasu)

    Im only in second year :)

    Wrong it's Thank you very much - Arigatou gozaimasu, Need to practice your Japanese better
  22. OK, im not a pro translater :) And im only in second year :)

    Your computer info says that your i5 is clocked to 4.0, one does that mean that you have the turbo boost to send it further up? And what vCore are you running at?
  23. Isnt it a polite thank you? :)
  24. gidgiddonihah said:
    OK, im not a pro translater :) And im only in second year :)

    Your computer info says that your i5 is clocked to 4.0, one does that mean that you have the turbo boost to send it further up? And what vCore are you running at?


    Second year!! Then you should have known that in your first year.
    I do not have turbo boost enabled. Everything is set on disabled and X32





    Intel Core i5 750
    Windows 7 (6.1) Ultimate Edition (Build 7600)
    CPU Arch : 1 CPU - 4 Cores - 4 Threads
    CPU PSN : Intel Core i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67GHz
    CPU EXT : MMX, SSE (1, 2, 3, 3S, 4.1, 4.2), EM64T, VT-x
    CPUID : 6.E.5 / Extended : 6.1E
    CPU Cache : L1 : 4 x 32 / 4 x 32 KB - L2 : 4 x 256 KB
    CPU Cache : L3 : 8192 KB
    Core : Lynnfield (45 nm) / Stepping : B1
    Freq : 4009.2 MHz (211.01 * 19)
    MB Brand : Gigabyte
    MB Model : P55-USB3
    NB : Intel DMI Host Bridge rev 11
    SB : Intel P55 rev 06
    GPU Type : Radeon HD 5850
    GPU Clocks : Core 157 MHz / RAM 300 MHz
    DirectX Version : 11.0
    RAM : 4096 MB DDR3 Dual Channel
    RAM Speed : 633 MHz (2:6) @ 9-9-9-24
    Slot 1 : 1024MB (10700)
    Slot 1 Manufacturer : Crucial Technology
    Slot 2 : 1024MB (10700)
    Slot 2 Manufacturer : Crucial Technology
    Slot 3 : 1024MB (10700)
    Slot 3 Manufacturer : Crucial Technology
    Slot 4 : 1024MB (10700)
    Slot 4 Manufacturer : Crucial Technology
  25. So what is your voltage on the i5?
  26. gidgiddonihah said:
    So what is your voltage on the i5?

    1.30V
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