I am going to order a new computer within a couple of weeks. I have done some research and landed on a preliminary build.
The biggest questions i have had are whether to choose socket 1366 or 1155 and whether to go for a faster RAM.
Premisis for asking advice :
1) I dont post a money limit, cause the prises are very different here in norway. But the proposed build will cost approx what i am willing to pay. I am willing to pay about 200$ more total if it actually will give me a peformance boost.
2) The build will be used mostly for gaming
3) I amusing a 24" LCD Samsung monitor at 1920*1200
The question is,
a) are there any obvious bottlenecks here?
b) Are there any other components i should choose that are in the same prizerange (maks 200@$ more expensive) that will give a better performance.
c) The CPU i7 950 is alot more expensive then the i7 920. Should i rather choose the 920 and spend the money on something else? (difference around 280£$)?
My personel biggest question is whether to go for a better RAM/main board. But my understanding is that a faster RAM PC16000 for instance will not give me an increase in performance due to limits on the mother board (FSB i belive) unless i overclock.
ummmm There are two ways to go with the budget you seem to have, first of mall do not waste money on a 950,the 920 is just as good and can easily be overclocked to the same speed (it works fine either way) i would get ddr 1333 rather than 1600 but i am cheap so don't mind me lol, the 5870 is fine as well, the 1156 will save you more money and give you pretty good performance as well, you can get the i7 860 which is a better cpu than the 920 (runs cooler and has better turbo boost and overclocking head room) a cheaper mobo and you save money on ram in the real world honestly speaking the difference won't be that great even the lack of multiple pci express slots at 16 lanes won't be a huge performance hit should you ever crossfire so in all honesty you will be fine either way as far as future upgradabilty don't listen to all these guys saying the 1366 is for futureproofness yes the first six coree cpu's might come out on the 1366 however they are going to cost A TON and many of these guys here waiting to buy them won't be able to the 1156 is the mainstram socket so i am pretty sure sooner or later the 6 core will come out there too but you will be fine either way as far as performance if you go with the 1366 stick to the i7 920 if you go with the 1156 and u want high performance then go with the i7 860