New i7 860 Build

Looking to do multimedia editing/internet/office/light gaming, mostly rpg type games, nothing major.

I am a newbie, so if the format here isn't acceptable I apologize in advance. Had a post before, but decided to go in another direction after reading a few other posts and doing a little more research. A few questions on which parts to go with.

Parts already have include:

23in Asus 1080 monitor
2x Caviar Black 640GB
Coolermaster V8

Parts I have an idea on:

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 500 Bronze 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V 2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

CPU: Core i7 860

Memory: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail

Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Motherboard and Graphics I need some direction with. Would prefer Asus or Gigabyte for mobo. Never have overclocked but I would like to try it. Xfire or SLI isn't necessary. Was thinking of a SSD for a boot drive, but if not in budget willing to wait for newer/cheaper ones to come out.

Been going over and redoing possible builds for about 6 months now, have come to an impass and can not decide. Will be building at the end of next month. Budget before rebates under $1200, closer to $1000 if possible.

This will be my third build, first higher end one though. Built a budget box for my gf about 2 months ago, and will be finishing my nephews budget machine later this week.

Thank you in advance for any help/direction!
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  1. If your not going to crossfire, then consider getting either the ASUS P7P55D LE ($135) or Gigabyte P55-UD4P ($140) motherboards. Both of these boards will allow you to overclock the processor.

    The ATI 5770 GPU will handle all of your applications and do very well for light gaming. In addition, this GPU runs much cooler than the older generation cards.

    The Seasonic PSU you specified is a very good unit, but if you need to save a few dollars consider getting either the Antec EA500 or Corsair 550VX. Either of these alternatives would perform very well for your system.

    The memory and case are also good choices.

    The parts you have already purchased are fine. These are good components that will complement the rest of your build very well. You need to add an ODD -- just purchase any namebrand unit that is on sale for $35.

    If you live near a Microcenter store you can pickup a i860 for $230. If you still need to get the cost down, Microcenter sell the i750 for only $150, and it will perform nearly as well as the i860 but it does not support hyperthreading.

    Good luck on your build.
  2. The Gigabyte board you listed is not longer available through newegg. The Asus only concern would be the audio chipset. Have not done a lot of research on it, but I was under the impression that the realtek chipset was better for sound. (listen to a lot of music)

    I forgot to list the ODD, but I already have one. Needed to replace in my current pc.

    Based on your suggestions I found these two:

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail

    Was also wondering if it pays to go with more expensive, or if the cheaper models basically do the same thing. If higher price means better performance found these two Asus boards, also depending on the audio:

    ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    Would the 5750 suffice for gpu, or the extra $30-40 for the 5770 worth it as well?

    One last thing I forgot to mention in my OP was about memory. Is 4 gigs enough, or is it worth it to jump to 8 right off the start?

    Thanks again
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    You are going to pay a premium for the ASUS Maximus and Sabertooth for their extreme overclocking and crossfire capabilities, which were not listed as your top priorities. You can still overclock a Gigabyte P55A-UD3 ($135), and a single graphics card will perform as well on this MB as any other. If you want to pay a little bit more for other features offered such as a better audio chipset (Gigabyte P55A-UD3P; $160) that is fine. The Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ($185) is also a fine motherboard, but here you are paying a premium to get improved crossfire capabilities, which you have indicated you do not need.

    You could get by with the 5750 graphics card for light gaming, since this was listed as a lower priority by you. It really depends on what games you currently play, and what games you intend to play in the future.

    Depending on what you mean by multi-media editing, the extra memory may be a worthwhile upgrade. For instance, if you do photo or video editing with photoshop or Adobe Premier, then definitely get 8 MB of RAM because these programs (or other comparable programs) will make use of the added memory and significant improve the performance.
  4. The Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ($185) right now has a combo deal the the 860 for $22 off which would drop it down close the the Gigabyte P55A-UD3P; $160. Come time to build I suppose I'll just look at the combos going at the time, but most likely go with a Gigabyte model.

    The gpu after reading other post decided to go with the 5770. Most people say that it is a huge step up from the 5750 and not for a whole lot more $$.

    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

    When it comes down to the memory, right now it is just basic A/V encoding, so I think I'll go with 4GB. That's an easy enough upgrade to make if I need it down the road.
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