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Need advice upgrading to i7 920

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January 11, 2010 8:37:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: about a week or two from now (can wait for the i7 930, is it coming this january 17?)

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1150

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

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case (haf 932), cpu cooler (corsair h50))

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com, ncixus.com, microcenter)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Philippines (will get the most items that are available here) and US (will get items that are not available in philippines)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 920, Gigabyte x58a-ud5, will get fermi when it comes out.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (may add another 22" monitor, but MAY ONLY) i'm not sure yet, so just consider 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
- i will be ocing the i7 920 to 4.0-4.2 (not more than that)
- alc889a is an important part to consider in a motherboard because it has loss less delivery on analog (proprietary by realtek)
- important also to consider in a mobo is the number of sata ports, i need to have a lot, (ex. ud5 has 10 ports with usb 3.0 and sata 3, so i considered that)

I'm trying to lessen the shipping expenses so I will be getting the most parts that i can get here in the philippines. gpu (sure) and psu (maybe)


CPU: i7 920 (to get d0 hopefully, is it sure that jan. 17-i7 930 release?) = $230

Mobo: Gigabte GA-X58A-UD5 = $290

Ram: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 = $165

PSU: help me choose

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W (non-modular) = $140 I can get this here in philippines for about $150, so that saves me for shipping ($10 difference if I buy it in the US.

SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W = $180 (kind of out of budget)

Antec CP-1000 1000W Continuous = $170 (still out of budget)

SILVERSTONE ST85F-P 850W = $150 (right on the budget)

SeaSonic M12D SS-850 850W = $140

Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX = $115 (can save the money)

need help on these psu's. i'm leaning towards the 1st one(corsair tx850) because I can get it here in the philippines and will not be a burden on shipping charges. but is the modular worth to get? will be using haf 932.

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 = ~$290 ( I can get this here in philippines for roughly the same price)

Thanks guys!

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January 11, 2010 9:48:44 AM

The Corsair 850TX is a fine power supply, and if you can get it cheaper than the Antec CP-850 then do so. But if you can get the Antec PSU cheaper, even with shipping charges, then get the Antec.

Modular PSUs are good for cable management, and therefore worthwhile. However, the HAF 932 case has plenty of room to hide unused cables, so only you can decide if you want to pay extra for a modular power supply.

The rest of your build looks good.
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January 11, 2010 9:57:21 AM

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^ PSU - The Corsair 850TX would suffice for your needs and can surely handle 2 fermi cards(assuming they would have similar power requirements of say a GTX 285)
You can also check out this PSU
SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as you will be using the HAF 932, I dont think you will need to go modular as the case has enough space to tuck away the unused cables...

As for the i7 930, probable launch by Feb-end...
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Core-i7-930-Set-for-Rele...

And for your usage, IMHO that setup is an overkill...
An i5 750/ i7 860 setup with a good P55 board can offer the performance of the above build...
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January 11, 2010 10:47:30 AM

i know it's an overkill. but my brother has the i7 860, and people say that i7 920 beats the 860 clock for clock. and also for future-proof when the hexa cores become mainstream.
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January 11, 2010 10:57:30 AM

^ http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=364...

And as for Hexa cores, apps and games are yet to take full advantage of the available 4 cores and also the 860 like 920 has Hyper-Threading - 8 Logical cores) So it will still be long before the 860's available cores are utilized fully...
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January 11, 2010 11:46:33 AM

but, i'm still going to i7 920, is it much easier to oc a 920 than an 860? and also, the one you posted (silverstone that's about $120, if i'm going to get it, is it much beter than the one i posted? antec 850w modular for the same price?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371024 ]
Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX = $115
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January 11, 2010 2:40:44 PM

dpaul8 said:
But if you can get the Antec PSU cheaper, even with shipping charges, then get the Antec.

The CP-850 is a non-standard form factor, thus will not work in a HAF 932 without modifications. It is meant for the Antec 1200 or P183/193 cases only.
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January 11, 2010 2:57:40 PM

Animal -- Thank you for catching my mistake regarding the Antec CP-850. I had forgotten that this power supply is a CPX form factor and will not fit in ATX cases. Good Catch!
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January 12, 2010 2:49:45 AM

@mikedp5 like theAnimal said, that PSU is a CPX form factor and not the standard ATX...
And its fine if you go with the 920 also...And as for overclocking, you wouldn't have any issues overclocking any of those CPUs...just get a good aftermarket HSF...
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January 12, 2010 4:28:27 AM

ok. I think i'll be going back to the drawing board. i need advice on my mobo. I think i'll be changing my x58a-ud5 mobo if there is a much cheaper board which has a lot of sata ports. because i'll be using 1 for my bluray drive and another 1 for my front port esata. so that's 2 already. if i'll be using a standard x58 which has only 6, that would only give me 4 usable ports. i really want as many as possible. which do you recommend guys?
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January 12, 2010 5:15:31 AM

Go antec for psu they have lifetime warranty! As for GPU I would go for 2 5770's a little bit more (I think $50) but better performance in crossfire. For RAM I like Patriot or OCZ better. But your pick. For a motherboard I would go with the ASUS P6T Deluxe V2. Because of its features.
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January 12, 2010 8:43:48 AM

why people always recommend the asus p6t deluxe v2? i know it oc well, but gb ud5 does too. what features is worth considering in an asus p6t deluxe v2? i want the most sata ports available.
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