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Upgrading from a E2180 to i5 or i7, need help deciding

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May 16, 2010 12:02:06 AM

Hello, Right now I'm running:
Intel E2180@3.0Ghz
4GB AData ram
ATI Radeon 4870
Gigabyte P35-DS3L

I think it's about time I get an upgrade, and right now Frys has some good deals on an i7-930 with the MSI X58 Pro-E Motherboard for $309, and they have some decent prices on ram.
Originally I was looking at upgrading to the i5-750, with 4gb of Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600, and the Gigabyte P55-UD3P motherboard. Right now both setups would be roughly the same price, but I'm told some i5-750 deals should be coming soon.

Any advice on how I should go about this? I would like the motherboard to be able to run Crossfire so I could just double up on my 4870s when needed. USB3.0 and Sata 6gb/s would be nice, but I suppose they aren't mandatory.
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May 16, 2010 12:15:45 AM

I recommend you fill out the Build Advice form in my signature. If you are just using it for gaming the i5 is plenty. We'd be glad to put a build together for you, we just need a little bit more information.
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May 16, 2010 12:16:59 AM

Ok, will do.
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May 16, 2010 12:34:41 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month or two, I'm getting antsy but in no real rush :kaola: 
BUDGET RANGE: ~350-450 before rebates is my limit

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, some video editing (fraps footage), movies, schoolwork. Main games I play are - Dark Age of Camelot, Team Fortress 2, Global Agenda, Half life games, and I'm sure a new MMO will be thrown in there soon.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case, OS, Hard drive, Video card, power supply (Corsair TX-750)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com, Zipzoomfly.com, Frys.com, open to other suggestions as well, using bing.com/cashback
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:US, Washington State

PARTS PREFERENCES:This will just be an upgrade of my current PC (my first build ever), so the only experience with the brand of parts I'm upgrading are with Gigabyte, Intel, and A-Data. I'm willing to try new brands though.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, if necessary SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire for when it's needed in the future, if I choose to get another 4870 instead of a newer card.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 main monitor, 2nd monitor is 1920x1080 (this is generally only used for movies, homework)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Preferrably quiet

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These are the parts I've been looking at so far

Intel Core i5-750

Gigabyte P55-USB3 Motherboard

Corsair PC12800 RAM - 4GB, DDR3, 1600MHz, Core i5, Dual Channel, Class 9

The sale at Fry's is offering these two options, no i5 at the moment though

Intel® Core i7 Processor 930
& MSI X58 Pro-E Motherboard
Bundle Combo


And

Intel® Core™ i7 930 Processor
& Asus P6T SE Motherboard
Bundle Combo



I hope I included everything! :) 
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May 16, 2010 12:55:12 AM

I would get this MOBO for future crossfire if you are going to stick to P55
  • Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P -$185-

    and then this RAM with lower latencies
  • G.Skill Ripjaws -$116-
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    May 16, 2010 4:28:42 AM

    Are you saying you'd be up for trying an AMD build? As far as gaming goes they are easily just as capable, should be cheaper, and the motherboard socket should make it out of next year unlike the intel sockets.
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    May 16, 2010 6:51:59 AM

    Yep, willing to try AMD as well.
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    May 16, 2010 9:54:01 AM

    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



    There, that beats the dogshit out of any i5 processor, and for less money. You could get a somewhat better mobo for like $20-$30 more, but I'm just trying to prove a point here. The only thing that buying an Intel CPU does is guarantee that you're paying 40% more for name recognition alone.
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    May 16, 2010 11:44:00 AM

    What do you think of this deal here? http://www.frys.com/product/6257640?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

    And will 6 cores even benefit me for what I do?

    My thought is that if I went with a 955 Black I could get a nicer Mobo that has Sata 6gb and USB 3.0, along with a heatsink and fan, and overclock it to around 4ghz.

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    May 16, 2010 9:26:22 PM

    It is undoubtedly a very good deal, but IMO you don't need 6 cores or an FX board for those games. It's a hard choice because a 955+890GX board will actually most likely cost more.
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    May 16, 2010 9:30:03 PM

    So the value would be better, at least
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    May 16, 2010 9:38:53 PM

    I would say so.
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    May 17, 2010 2:45:25 AM

    Fry's came out with a new deal today:

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
    Gigabyte GA-MA790XTA-UD4 Motherboard

    Both for 185 after rebate

    I jumped on that deal
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    May 17, 2010 4:04:59 AM

    Wow, that's quite a bargain. Hopefully it's the 125W 965, but it's not too bad even if it isn't considering the price.
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    May 17, 2010 7:57:16 PM

    Nice, good luck!
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