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April 6, 2010 3:53:28 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 - 3 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: preferably < $1000, but willing up to 1500 /w monitor
(I have an old ancient one.. from the late 90's... do they even work anymore?)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, compiling C++, media

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would like to use an i7-920 for the hyperthreading / "future-proof" of the 1336 motherboards..
Otherwise the i5-750 OC'd, if the 920 is out of budget range..

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, if no significant price increase

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (ready for the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 to 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've priced out a couple builds, but I am unsure if my picks are cost effective for my range.. Any input would be appreciated!

All from Newegg: (Sorry, I don't have time to post the links as I didn't write them down..)

i5-750 194.99

MSI P55-GD65 159.99

Sapphire 100282-3sr
Radeon HD 5850 289.99

Corsair xms3 6GB
240-pin DDR3 SDRAM
DR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 199.99

Corsair CMPSU-650 89.99 MRB=>79.99

ASUS black CD/DVD 23.99 x 2 = 47.89

WD caviar black
WD6401AALS 640GB
7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 74.99

Windows 7 premium
for system builders 99.99

Total: 1227.81

SECOND ATTEMPT:

V261-5850 :: Visiontek 900297 Radeon HD5850 Video Card - 1GB, DDR5, PCIe, Dual DVI (2.7 lbs) $309.99

M17-7300 :: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English (0.55 lbs) $109.99

B69-1177 :: Intel DX58SO Ultra Barebones Kit - Intel DX58SO LGA 1366 Mobo, Intel Core i7 920 CPU, OCZ 6GB DDR3 RAM, Hitachi Deskstar 1TB Internal HD, NZXT Tempest ATX Mid-Tower Case, Ultra LSP750 750W PSU (48.15 lbs) $899.99

The combo above consists of:

Intel DX58SO LGA 1366 Motherboard
Intel Core i7 920 Processor
OCZ Platinum Tri Channel 6GB PC10666 DDR3-1333MHz Memory
Hitachi Deskstar OS00163 IDK/7K 1TB Internal Hard Drive
NZXT Tempest ATX Mid-Tower Case
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply

Total: $1,319.97 pre-shipping

Any direction would be appreciated, and again sorry for the lame formating..

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April 6, 2010 4:03:01 AM

For the second one, why get Win 7 32bit when the 64bit is only $99 on newegg? Also, I don't think you are going to be able to get an i7 build with a monitor for under $1000, that would also be decent for gaming. However, you could build a good AM3 build for about the same as the builds you posted with a monitor. Such as this one I made:Click

[edit] This build has a mobo with USB 3.0 and Sata 6gb/s and can be used to crossfire.
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April 6, 2010 4:33:19 AM

This build will give you HT and a monitor and fit the high side of your budget. ( maybe it will work for you ) ?



COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119137
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
$84.99
$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$59.99
$54.99


ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824236059
Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.99
$199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102884
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $29.99
• 2 year: $49.99
-$10.00 Instant
$299.99
$289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$104.99
$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231303
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


• Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115214
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
• GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128412
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
-$18.00 Combo
$429.98
$396.98
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UBISOFT Assassin’s Creed II – PC Digital Download, Gift with Intel Purchase - Retail
Item #: N82E16800992041
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$59.99 Saving
$59.99
$0.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Subtotal: $1,379.89

This is also in the total ( DVD ) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...







I just seen you want xfire setup get this in place of the other

Savings Total Price
select item 1 quantity of item 1


ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131621
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy



$189.99

select item 2 quantity of item 2


Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115214
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant


$289.99
$279.99

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UBISOFT Assassin’s Creed II – PC Digital Download, Gift with Intel Purchase

UBISOFT Assassin’s Creed II – PC Digital Download, Gift with Intel Purchase - Retail
Item #: N82E16800992041
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

-$59.99 Saving


$59.99
$0.00

Subtotal: $469.98 it would and 70 more to the build + get the corsair 750W PSU @ 99.99 thats 10 bucks more http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 6, 2010 5:12:53 AM

iokau said:
For the second one, why get Win 7 32bit when the 64bit is only $99 on newegg? Also, I don't think you are going to be able to get an i7 build with a monitor for under $1000, that would also be decent for gaming. However, you could build a good AM3 build for about the same as the builds you posted with a monitor. Such as this one I made:Click

[edit] This build has a mobo with USB 3.0 and Sata 6gb/s and can be used to crossfire.



My bad, with the windows 32bit.. That's exactly why it's a good idea to have my picks reviewed.. I'm alright with going to the high end of my budget (1500). I found a monitor I believe I like for $200, so my "second build" is right on the fence... (back and forth on it atm) So I'm looking for creative input..

HA! The monitor you chose was actually the one I was looking at beforehand!

Now, I'm not trying to start a grudge match here, but am I going to see a noticeable difference going with a phenom II? I can't say I've done my research on the AMD options..

I figure I won't find an i7 build for under $1000. I suppose my question is.. Is it worth it to throw an extra 2 - 3 hundred to be on the 1336 socket? My primary concern is being able to upgrade in a year, keeping my mobo, and speed of applications...

I know on the lower side, I can get the i5-750 and OC it to be amazing for the price, but then I see upgrading being an issue. The i7 has hyperthreading, support for more than one PCIe x16 and seems like it will outlast 1156, but is a lil pricier. And coming outa left court there's the Phenom II option I know nothing about.. (Never had an AMD cpu)
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April 6, 2010 5:28:42 AM

My understanding (please correct me if I am mistaken) of the i7-860, is that it is the least bang for buck. True, it will allow me to satisfy all my immediate requirements. (I really should be happy with that and let it be) But, I'm losing out choosing the i7-860 because I'm top tier 1156, instead of bottom tier 1336. I am not an "enthusiast" by any means.. So I'm not going to be dropping giant coin when the uber hexa-core comes out..

Hyperthreading... avail on 860
dual 16x... negligible on only 2 cards from what I read vs 8x 8x..
triple channel memory... again.. neglible?

I just want to double check that's all I'm missing out from the 1336 socket.. Forgive my ignorance.. And thank you all for the Lightning fast results! (Posted at work, had results once home!)
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April 6, 2010 5:50:38 AM

HT is on the i7 860 as the i7 930

Yes the X58 mobos have 16x16 vs 8x8x on the P55 mobos thats about 4 % ( it wont madder to much less your running 2 HD 5970s or 3 HD 5870s

Yes X58 has tri channel memory VS dual channel on the P55

unless your doing a lot of rendering, editing, auto Cad, or just want the best for work ( IMO the i7 860 is a good way to go )
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