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January 27, 2010 5:38:36 AM

I'm deciding between 3 system and don't know which to pick.

1.
Intel i7 920
Gigabyte EX58-UD5
G.Skill 6GB DDR3-2000 9-9-9-24
$923

2.
Intel i7 860
Gigabyte P55A-UD5
G.Skill 4GB DDR3-2000 9-9-9-24
$749

3. Intel i5 750
Gigabyte P55A-UD5
G.Skill 4GB DDR3-2000 9-9-9-24
$646

All these computers will be joined with:
Zalman 1000HP Power supply
Gigabyte GTX260
Zalman CNPS7000C-ALCU CPU Cooler

I will be using the computer for gaming like heavy gaming and NVIDIA 3D effects.

Any input will be appreciated

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January 27, 2010 12:26:28 PM

3, but ram is overkill. MOBO better be this:

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

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January 27, 2010 8:53:53 PM

Can I ask why you guys would go with the i5 750?

And I know the RAM is a little overkill, but its the only one I can get from this store, and its not that expensice. Heres the link

http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf
January 27, 2010 9:19:15 PM

The reason they suggest the i5 over the i7's is because the gains you will see in gaming from the hyperthreading/triple channel memory those chips offer will be very nominal.
January 27, 2010 9:20:26 PM

What about future expansion? I've heard word of an 8 core processor sticking with the 1366 family.

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January 27, 2010 9:27:51 PM
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Indeed, rumors on the webz are that the 1156 socket will see no more than quads. The 1366 will definitely be getting the gulftown i7-980x which is a hexacore. However, recommending platforms based off of rumors and heresay is not what we usually try to do here. Also, unless you plan on doing video encoding or some other highly threaded application, the same goes for a hexacore, 8 core, or 100 core, the games right now very rarely even use quad cores. As far as upgrade path, yes, the 1366 is the way to go. But you will not see gains in that platform for a long time, and by then there will be something better:) 

[Edit] btw, I have a 920, but only because I got a deal on it. I'd have a 750 if I were building today.
January 28, 2010 12:32:30 AM

Cool. Thanks for the input.
And just wondering in your opinion, what motherboard should I get?

Its pretty much between:
Gigabyte P55A-UD4P $224
Gigabyte P55A-UD5 $237
Asus P7P55D-E-PRO $243
Asus P7P55D-E-DELUXE $336

Or any other you would recommend?
January 28, 2010 12:42:44 AM

I'd go UD5, but they are all good boards.
January 28, 2010 3:00:14 AM

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