SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies (from HD), Photoshop/Illustrator, Itunes...
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (LG 204WT, 1680x1050 max res.), sound card (SB Audigy 2 ZS), speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada, eh! (so remember this is in Can. currency)
PARTS PREFERENCES: best bang for the buck
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, but in the future (I'm still a noob and need to read up on this)
CROSSFIRE: Yes, but in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
One thing i might ad is that i change rigs every 4-5 years, so an important point is longevity,
and of course price, plus i want my build to still be 'in it' in 5 years
since one of my criteria is longevity I hesitate between a i5 or i7 build, but one thing I have
in mind is getting a 5870 vid. card and adding another in CrossFire in the future (either on a
P55 or X58 MoBo), now from what i can see the price of a i7 will be about 3-400$ more, depending
on parts selected and the best bang for my $$ would be a i5 build that i could OC, ad another 5870
and some RAM if needed
Total: 1305$ (Canadian) before taxes, with rebates and promos
as for a i7 build i would switch with these parts:
RAM: no idea what i would take for 6gb Triple Channel memory
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R cheapest Gigabyte X58 MoBo, i wont spend 300$ on a MoBo unless its essential and that this board is not worth it
Cpu: Intel i7-920
total: ad ~50$ for the RAM
10$ for the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R 1366/X58 MoBo
90$ for the Intel i7-920 processor
1455$ or more depending on parts, rebates and promos
now is this 150$ (or more) debatable or should i go for it, or will the i5 build suffice and still be nice in 5 years by simply adding
some RAM and another 5870 (even though the P55 MoBo is only x8 x8 compared to x16 x16 for the X58) and OC it a bit?!?
let me know what you guys think!
EDIT: ...forgot to ad, I'll be using Windows 7, 64bit version, if that helps in anything
You'll never know the difference between x8/x8 and x16/x16 with 2 5870's. i5 750 oc's just as well if not better than i7 920, and yes that is saying something.
The only advantage the x58 has in regards to 'futureproof' is the fact that it supports the Gulftown. That being said it 95pct of people are going to upgrade their mobo when they do a new cpu anyways. As far as we know the only hexacore available for the next 12 months is the 980x which is an extreme edition and will have a pricetag to match.
With that being said... P55 is at a dead end. It was a limited chipset to start with and now that the new i3/i5 are shipping they're supporting the H55 chipset to take advantage of on-package GPU.
If you only buy once every 4 or 5 years, then you really might consider waiting one more month for your purchase. By the end of January Intel will have rolled out their entire line of new 32nm cores. I haven't researched them much, and I don't know how they'll fare against the quadcore i5/i7 especially with the on-package gpu, but if nothing else at least you'll have an informed decision.
what i want out of this new system is
- to be able to play the latest games at hi-res. (Battlefield Bad Comp. 2, Starcraft 2...) and to be able to play the latest games 4-5 years from now
- do some Photoshop without any hickups on large files
- watch movies/burning dvd's
- mp3 listening
- doing any of the above simultaniously
- and lastly, keep it for 4-5 years and still be 'in it'
witch one would you guys choose and wy?
(price wise i'd go with the AMD, get some cooling system along the way and OC it, and ad some RAM)