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December 22, 2009 3:19:45 AM


BUDGET RANGE: $1000 to $1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS Windows 7, Power Supply Corsair 750, Video Card GTX 260, CPU cooler Corsair H50, Hard Drive







ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to build a new PC. Undecided on 1366 or 1156 platform but leaning toward 1366. What are the advantages of 1366 over 1156? Disadvantages? Would like a larger mid-tower with more class than bling but with good cooling. I am also planning to upgrade to a 24' monitor.

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

BFG Tech BFGEGTX260MC896OCXDE GeForce GTX 260 OCX MAXCORE 55 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Disk Drive? Blue Ray?

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December 22, 2009 3:49:34 AM

^ Would you be doing anything else other that gaming(I mean any important stuff related to your profession) ?
December 22, 2009 4:05:30 AM

I am mostly going to use it for gaming. My current rig is getting outdated and with all the new games coming out at the beginning of 2010, I decided to build a new PC.
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December 22, 2009 4:14:02 AM

^ If it will be mostly used for gaming, then I dont think the LGA 1366 platform would offer any advantage over the LGA 1156 socket...
The LGA 1366 would be advantageous only in HD content editing, high-end photo editing and stuffs like that...For gaming, you could rather choose the LGA 1156 socket and invest on better graphics card...
December 22, 2009 4:26:14 AM

How much would the PCI Express 2.0 x16 being 16x16 on the 1366 versus it being 8x8 on the 1156 affect SLI?
December 22, 2009 4:33:10 AM

I looked into building an 1156 rig using an I7 860, Asus P7P55D PRO motherboard and 4gb of G.SKILL ECO Series memory. It only saved me $65 dollars versus the 1136 build. It seemed smarter to go with a 1366 build. I saw the only value with going with an 1156 build to be power savings and lower temps.
December 22, 2009 4:41:43 AM

+1 for gkay's suggestion , i have a good single gpu mobo , gigabyte p55 ud2 , i5@3.8ghz with 5850 ... you could do a 5870 or 5970 if you need more power ....
December 22, 2009 4:44:19 AM

@salvilla how come it only saved $65 ? Could you explain...
December 22, 2009 4:46:35 AM

You are doing the right thing by sticking to an LGA1366 board! Try to wait a month or so for boards with onboard usb3.0 slots. Its worth one month to wait. You can buy pcie x4 usb3.0 add on cards but its better to wait for an LGA1366 with the yellow usb connection. the Gigabyte UD4 is a P55 LGA1556 board and it already has usb3.0 sata4.......
December 22, 2009 4:58:10 AM

@salvilla, going with the LGA 1366 costs only $65 more, then even I would suggest sticking with that...
As you will be overclocking, I dont think power savings would count in anyways ;) 
And like liquid snake said, you can expect SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0 on X58 mobos soon(Actually there are 2 right now with those but prices are pretty high)
And also in JAN intel will be replacing the 920 with 930...So you might want to look into that...

EDIT: Check this case - Offer very good air-flow and has very good construction...
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December 22, 2009 5:01:07 AM

Well, I live near a Microcenter. I7 920 is $200. The 17 860 is $230. I tried to choose equivalent boards on each platform. The Asus P6T for the 1366 is $240.The ASUS P7P55D PRO for 1156 is $170. The Ocz 6gb kit of memory is $120 after a $30 dollar rebate. The 4gb kit G.SKILL ECO Series memory is $105. I do believe that the G. Skill memory is better than the OCZ. However, I believe the boards are about equal tier within their respective platforms. So a 1366 is $560 and a 1156 is $505.
December 22, 2009 5:06:37 AM

you dont need hyper threading for games at all ... i think microcenter's price for i5 is 160 , right ? that means a 130 difference ... enough for going from , say 5770 to 5850 , and this will rip off 1366 with a weaker gpu ... u can oc it to 3.5-3.6 without overvolting , and to 3.8-3.9 with minor increase ... your call ...
December 22, 2009 5:09:41 AM

^ Hmm...yes...
And as for the memory, For $120 after rebates, the OCZ gold is a good deal...though you would have to set the rated timings manually in the BIOS...
December 22, 2009 5:11:28 AM

The price of the I5 750 is $150. I7 920 is $200. I7 860 is $230. Only a difference of $50 to $80
December 22, 2009 5:19:34 AM

I think I am going to spec each 1366, 1156, and I5 build with a 5850 instead of running 2 gtx 260 in SLI. I can sale my current GTX 260 to make up the price differences. With an I5 build I may even be able to go up to a 5870.
December 22, 2009 5:22:58 AM

EDIT: Dint refresh - I would also choose the i5 with the HD 5870...the LGA 1366 would be an option if you will only be adding 1 more GTX 260(multiple cards)...

^ Go with LGA 1366 socket...
And to further reduce the total cost of the LGA 1366 platform, get this mobo - ASUS Rampage II Gene...
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It overclocks better than the P6T...and only thing is that its an mATX board...
So if you have any other add-in cards, then go with the P6T else the Rampage is a better option...