i am just so torn on what to do with this... i won this i7 980x at a giveaway at a local electronics store. im pretty strapped for cash as it is, but just thinking of giving away a top of the line processor seems a bit farfetched to me. why sell a rolls royce and buy a vw... but being able to build a middle of the line gaming rig sounds nice too.
if i decide to keep the processor, it will cost a minimum of $1000 on other components just to run a computer. but if i sell it, i could get about $900 and take that and build a decent computer.
but if i sell the 980x, the one to replace it will more then likely be replaced quicker in time then if i just keep the 980x... how long will 980x last in the computer world in performance, and how long will lets say a i7 920 last...
If you can't afford to put tires on the Rolls or put gas in the tank... what good is it?
Actually, for about ~$500 you can get a light weight system together to at least use the 980X yourself. Those parts won't match the quality of the CPU and you'd end up with an unbalanced gaming system.
But the ~$1000 you could get selling that 980x could get you a nice, balanced i5 750 system.
Yeah It would be nice to keep it but I think youd just be keeping it just to say you have one. There is not a lot of home users that even need a chip like that. It will do nothing for your games that an overclocked i5 cant do.
If your gonna run the 980 you need nothing but the best mb,ram and psu. If you cant afford the best in those areas then you should do like my man said up there and take the money and build an i5 machine. That chip is in a whole different league that most of us arent in.
ASRock X58 Extreme $170
G.Skill 3GB CAS 7 DDR3 1333 $95
250GB HDD $45
Radeon HD 4650 Video card $45 a/r
CM Centurion 534 Case $40 a/r
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX PSU $35 a/r
and use Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) for your OS
Unless you plan to do computationally-intensive work that chip will be obsolete before "mainstream" applications can receive any real benefits from it. But since you haven't stated your intended uses, it's hard to make any meaningful suggestions.
It would make a hell of a great CPU to run Microsoft Flight Simulator X on (yes,it can use all 6 cores).I say keep it you don't initially need to spend $1,000 to get the system up and running but say allocate $750 at first then add better components later on.