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Won an i7 975, cheap build possible? under 1000?

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May 22, 2010 7:48:56 AM

i recently won an i7 975 at an electronics store giveaway and am excited to see what i can do with this. im not a complete newb when it comes to technology, but i also dont follow every single tech to the tee. first off id like to say i would really like to keep the i7 975 and use it and not sell it and buy lower, because why give away what has been won to use, and downgrade to less.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: i dont have any set date.

BUDGET RANGE: i would really really hope for it to be below 1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, i enjoy using headphones so i hope i can just plug it into the ports directly without having to buy a sound card.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: since its intel i7 975 it will have to be intel

OVERCLOCKING: No and SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i can wait a couple of months like the end of july as im in no hurry or rush to put a computer together. yes i know the resolution of the monitor is crap low but since i already have a monitor that works great why spend more when it can be saved for other items.

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May 22, 2010 8:39:12 AM

First of all, congrats! :D 

I'm supposing you have a budget of $1000 for everything apart from the peripherals and monitor.

I like how you think. :) 

Anyway:

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB 3x2GB DDR3 1600MHz CL7 - $174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5850 Toxic 1GB GDDR5 - $349.99, $7.87 shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair TX650W 650W PSU - $89.99, $20 rebate available
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After rebates and shipping $902.82 w/o case or ODD.

For a low resolution like yours, the HD 5850 would probably be epic overkill - you could drop it to an HD 5770 or HD 5830 and use the spare cash to buy an SSD if you wanted to.

As for the case and ODD, those are completely up to you - some recommendations are the Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced or the HAF 922.

I'm really surprised that you're not going to overclock - that's the main reason why people buy Extreme Editions, although you won yours.





May 22, 2010 8:48:55 AM

thanks for such a fast response lmeow. the whole overclocking thing just doesnt appeal to me is all. sure it will run faster and all, but since im very inexperienced, i just dont want to *** anything up, and yea i know there are guides and such, but still, im a cluts when it comes to such things lol.

i love all the suggestions you gave. the graphics card is a bit much i think at 350, so i will probably grab the 5770. one thing though, you didnt list any fans or heatsinks, does the fan that comes with the i7 975 worth keeping and not bothering with?
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May 22, 2010 9:37:57 AM

IIRC the Core i7 975 comes with the Thermalright Ultra 120-extreme which is a very adequate cooler. If it comes with the stock LGA 1366 cooler, it's a lot less beefier but it does the job. Otherwise just grab a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus for $34.99 which will allow some mild overclocks I'd say if you choose to do it in the future. If you do grab the HD 5770, you have another $200 or so to spend on an SSD as a bootup drive if you'd like. Something like the OCZ Agility 2 50GB would be just right at around $169.99 after $10 rebate. If you really don't care about bootup speed though, might as well save that $200 or so for later on.
May 22, 2010 9:41:12 AM

tghe i7 975 is insanely powerful and doesn't need to be OC'd to be of good use. The heatsink that comes with the i7 975 is pretty cheap and makes a lot of noise but If you don't care about OC or noise then don't bother buying another one.

Also for gaming a 5770 is a bit underwhelming but If you intend to keep that monitor for a long time still then it will do.
May 22, 2010 11:42:35 AM

I would get the 5770 and with the money saved look into buying a better monitor
May 22, 2010 8:51:47 PM

Lmeow has a good, sensible build. If it was me that won the 975, i'd sell it for about $900, use that money to finance the bulk of the rest of the system. That's just me though, grats on the win!
May 22, 2010 9:22:14 PM

It only eBays for $500+ or so, so it's not as bad as it looks.

--Jin
May 22, 2010 9:39:31 PM

I would sell the 975 on Ebay and sidegrade to a 200$ 930.

Yes, Side grade, they are the same damn things pretty much.
May 23, 2010 4:18:53 PM

The 975 is quite a lot beter than the 930 though and if its worth the 250 difference is something you'll have to think about.
May 23, 2010 4:19:28 PM

^ No its not!

It just has a multiplier bump.

Other than that, its the same chip.

I would rather have the i7-930 and a penny oposed to the i7-975.
May 23, 2010 4:28:29 PM

Then why such a price tag? Doesn't the 975 overclock much better than the 930?
May 23, 2010 8:14:09 PM

^ No it doesn;t. OC just takes 30 seconds less :/ 

2. Higher price? Intell loves to rip off the stupid and rich.
May 23, 2010 8:37:28 PM

builderbobftw is right, the only difference in the i7 975 and the i7 930 is that the multiplier is lower and the frequency is higher (which can be easily matched by overclocking). They still use the exact same architecture and everything else, plus the unlocked multiplier, IMO, takes some of the fun out of overclocking, i.e. finding the limitations of the motherboard and CPU, etc. I would sell it to finance the build, but it's really up to you.
May 23, 2010 9:11:35 PM

If what you guys say is true by al means sell it buy a 930, a 5850 and if you have enough left maybe a new monitor.
May 23, 2010 9:44:09 PM

^ I would sell the 975, then pour my gained 300$ into a GTX 480.

Or a 5970.
May 23, 2010 9:48:00 PM

Yesss finally someone reccomends the green team. Maybe some day the red fire will be extinguished and green will overgrow the world.
May 23, 2010 10:26:36 PM

^ The only thing about Fermi I like is the Multi GPU scaling and tessilation/aa prefromance to be honest mate.
May 24, 2010 10:04:31 AM

well thats the only thing there is to like lol
May 24, 2010 10:08:28 AM

But fermi has amazing potential. Its very ineffiecient right know which one can see in its power consumption and heat expulsion. If it gets only 10percent more efficient. It will as hot and as power consuming as the ati's. And it will perform far better.

That is IF they can make it more efficient.
May 24, 2010 6:44:32 PM

^ A die shrink to 28nm woudl do it fine.
May 24, 2010 7:28:35 PM

If is a bit of moot word...

Fermi isn't efficient right now, period. At the moment, ATI has the best GPU at every market segment.

Top end? The 5970 runs cooler and consumes just as much power as the 480, and is a lot more powerful (but it costs quite a bit more).

Upper mid end? The 5870 is only 10% slower than the 480, but a lot cheaper, cooler, less noisy and less power hungry. It also thrashes the 470

Higher mid end? The 5850 vs 470 is the same story as 5870 vs 480.

Mid end and below? Nvidia is nowhere to be seen, other than the terrible and non-DX11 GTS 2XX series.

Face it, the green team just isn't a sensible buy right now. Fermi is everything but green...
May 24, 2010 7:38:43 PM

Fermi is a good buy if you play high settings low res.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

The benchmarks on that page on the next two prove that if you play on 1920 or below nvidia is a much better buy. The heat doesn't really matter as you can crank up the fan or just leave it because it doesn't matter a damn thing. And it is not noisier than ati reference designs so pls people stop crying....

and yes it comsumes more power sadly
May 24, 2010 8:42:06 PM

Just my 2 cents.. Sell it, grab an x6 or even a phenom x4 965 and drop the extra cash toward the 5970 (absolutely colossal GPU that will play the latest and greatest for the next 2 years. So even 5 years down the road you're set with the graphics card and multiple processors clocked high.) Sounds like a great bit of fun here =). If you have the 975, use it to the potential, or just get rid of it and let someone else use it to its potential, save your $$ for other stuff you do use.

If you aren't using the item to it's potential, get rid of it.

Doesn't make sense to keep somethin' badass and just bottleneck the thing.

I drive an M3 (high end, but not crazy high end yet) but I drive 70mph... Might as well switch to a smaller luxury car or even a honda and save the gas... if your foot isn't on the gas pedal then why use it?

Even if I WON a damn car of that kind, I'd sell it and grab something I'd be happy with and save the money for other stuff I use.

May 24, 2010 9:04:27 PM

X6 with a 5970?

Can you say massive bottleneck 3 times fast?
May 24, 2010 9:09:11 PM

I would sell it and buy a 200$ i7-930
May 24, 2010 9:13:27 PM

5970 is top notch nothin touches it. Any CPU won't use it to it's potential, sure they might give more leeway, but again you're talking about a cap on his $$ and the most likely possibility of just upgrading the whole system again using the same graphics card later down the road.
May 24, 2010 9:36:54 PM

^ A i7-930 will NOT bottleneck a 5970.

Maybe the diffrence bewteen 300 frames and 400 fromaes, but once you tun the aa uo and max the res and settings its a diffrent story.
May 25, 2010 6:03:16 AM

AMD fanboys get the idea that per core intel performs far better than amd so for gaming there is only one answer: INTEL. And on a different note a 5970 is a little to much for this budget.
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