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I7 930 or i7 860 for CS4/Lightroom + gaming

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March 5, 2010 6:29:55 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: 2500 canadian

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop/Lightroom, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, speakers, Blu-ray drive, sound card

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca or NCIX.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: X58 with i7 930 or P55 with i7 860

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've read lots of reviews and articles and I'm still wondering if the i7 930 overclocked to say 4Ghz would run over the i7 860; if not, there is a slight price premium to the X58 plateform and I wouldn't want to pay for it if it's not worth it. Also, I wonder how much of a difference the 12GB of triple channel memory will make versus 8GB of dual channel in CS4 and Lightroom. Alternative rig would be with an Asus P7P55D-E Pro with i7 860 and 8GB ram.


Gigabyte X58A-UD3R ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 Sound GLAN CrossFireX SLI Motherboard
$215.27

Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box
$315.99

XFX Radeon HD 5870 XXX 875MHZ 1GB GDDR5 5.2GHZ 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card
$451.49

Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1600C8 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 8-8-8-24 Core i7 Memory Kit
$391.98 ($195.99 x 2)

OCZ Vertex LE Limited Edition 100GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
$429.00

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
$199.98 ($99.99 x 2)

Antec P183 ATX Tower Case Black 11 Drive Bay 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Sound
$139.99

Corsair TX850W 850W CMPSU-850TX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Active PFC 140M Fan Power Supply
$139.99

Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM
$32.99

MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse - Optical - 1600 dpi - 8 Buttons - Cable - USB
$49.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
$105.79


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Monitor: Dell U2410


Appreciate your collective insights and recommendations!

Philippe
March 5, 2010 6:42:41 PM

The answer is that the i7-920/930 overclocked would destroy an i7-860.

Now a couple of notes about the build.

GPU: Don't get the XXX version. It's a factory overclock that you can do yourself with ATI's overclocking software in three clicks. Definitely not worth the extra $50.

RAM: Get these cheaper and faster sticks: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.

HDD: Switch that WD for a faster, quieter, and cooler running Seagate 7200.12 1 TB.

SSD: Here's a cheaper, bigger and high quality SSD: Corsair P128 128 GB
March 7, 2010 7:53:41 PM

MadAdmiral said:
The answer is that the i7-920/930 overclocked would destroy an i7-860.

Now a couple of notes about the build.

GPU: Don't get the XXX version. It's a factory overclock that you can do yourself with ATI's overclocking software in three clicks. Definitely not worth the extra $50.

RAM: Get these cheaper and faster sticks: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.

HDD: Switch that WD for a faster, quieter, and cooler running Seagate 7200.12 1 TB.

SSD: Here's a cheaper, bigger and high quality SSD: Corsair P128 128 GB

What about an overclocked 920 vs an overclocked 860?
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March 7, 2010 8:00:50 PM

Yep. Plus the i7-920 is 200$, and the i7-930 is 300$ now.
March 7, 2010 8:26:40 PM

The i7-920 will definitely beat an i7-860, no matter what you do to each.

As for the prices, the standard price of the i7-920 is $289, not $200. The $200 is only from Microcenter, which is not easily accessible to everyone, as you can only buy from them in a retail store.

The i7-930 is $295 regularly, or $250 from Microcenter.
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