Which CPU? 860, 920 or 930

Mostly for gaming.

I want SLI, overclock and upgrade to a stronger CPU later when necessary. I am aware of the higher price of a 1366 platform.

Which of those CPUs performs best in games and which socket will be supported longer. Is it true that the 1366 will support the i9 processors?
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  1. It is now widely known that the socket 1156 of intel's current line-up will be the first one to go.
    Hence the 930 is your best choice, since 1366 is rumoured to be around for longer than 1156.
    I don't know about i9. The only thing I can tell you is that there were much speculations about Intel's latest hexacore to be called i9, but it came to be known as i7-980X. And yes, it too runs on 1366.
  2. Will support? the i7 980X is already out. Certainly not worth $1000 though.
  3. the 920 is a gr8 cpu, and the platform is hexacore upgradable, 1366 is the best choice, doesnt matter weather 920 or 930
  4. I'm putting together a new machine and did this research. I'm going with the 930. It's just a few dollars more and it runs at 2.8GHz. You can overclock it to 3GHz easy. Several places I've read users overclocking to 4GHz. That's way more than I need, but the fact that many are doing it says a lot.

    I've also read that the 1366 will be the longer life socket. That's really a mute point to me...I typically buy my MB and CPU as a set...and for that matter, when it's time for a new CPU/MB combo, I just build a new system...not that often mind you.

    My reasoning is to wait a bit longer and upgrade all the tech to the (almost) latest out there at that time. So I buy 2nd best to get much better pricing and then get bigger drives, faster GPU, etc at the same time.
  5. Quote:
    And the future i9 family will be with the 1366 sockets as well.

    What is this "future i9" you speak of? Where have you heard anything about an i9?
  6. i9 is dead, they went with the: (confuse the hell out of the uninformed public) option
  7. xaira said:
    i9 is dead, they went with the: (confuse the hell out of the uninformed public) option

    Indeed but I'm wondering if zirbmonkey has heard about another new processor or has just been living under a rock since march.
  8. W/o a budget being given ......if < $1,200 I'd go with an 1156 based system. If you can go $1,450 or more, I'd do a 1366 based system. Below $1,000, I'd use AMD.

    An i7-930 1366 chipset build gonna cost you $1,465 w/ all top end components. This build is expected to perform well with serious OC's (4.2 GHz and future upgrade to twin GFX cards)....Upgrade to Prolimatech Megahalems Heat Sink (extra $30 + fans) if ya wanna do 4.0 Ghz+

    $240 Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.387490

    $504 ASUS P6X58D-E w/ Intel i7-930 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.378938

    $190 3 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145286

    $80 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    $101 Prolimatech Megahalems w/ twin PWM fans and IC Diamond TIM w/ PWM Cable splitter.

    $350 ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 w/ DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121372

    Total $1,465

    An i5-750 1156 chipset build gonna cost you $1100 w/ all top end components....TX PSU OK for twin GFX cards...Upgrade to HX750 (extra $40) if doing serious OC's.

    $90 CM HAF 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    $90 Corsair TX750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    $370 ASUS P7P55D-E Pro w/ Intel i5-750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.369221

    $105 2 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    $80 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    $34 Scythe 2100 cpu COOLER http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    $6 OCZ Freeze http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835202006

    $290 XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150491
    Sale ends today .... if you miss, gonna cost ya $10 more

    $25 Any DVD Burner

    Of course ...beef up the GFX card (and PSU accordingly if need be) if budget allows. If you really into OC'ing, consider the Rampage III Extreme on the 1366 build.
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