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May 31, 2010 12:17:31 AM

I built a P4 3 GHz system about 6 years ago that, while serving me well is handcuffed by the fact I built it about 6 months before PCI Express came out...so all I have is AGP.

Needless to say I have no where to go and my 6800XT can barely get out of it's own way, forget about running anything new.

Right now I'm hung up on whether to go AMD Phenom 2 X6 or I5 750. I really like the 750 but I'm concerned with the PCI express issue with running SLI...USB 3 / SATA 6 might be a real possibility in the near future.

On the vid card side of things I probably going with an Evga 470 Fermi...either that or a 5850 but I can get the 470 in a combo with other components at the price of a 5850.

So...I guess I should get to my questions.

1) Should I go AMD or Intel? This is going to be mostly a gaming rig but there will be some photo and possibly home movie editing on it.

2) I was looking at either the Asus P7P55D Pro / Deluxe or Maximus Formula III for Intel and the Crosshair 4 for an AMD board. However on the Intel side the Evga boards look pretty good too.

3) I'm trying to keep the Motherboard / CPU combined price at around $400 or so (would really like to keep it under $500.

Anyway...any suggestions...

Here are stats of existing hardware -

Proview LCD monitor (hey, it was a freebie) 1280X1024 max res.
Pio DVD / CD Burner
Keyboard / mouse

Looking to get the following-
Silverstone Fortress 2 or Corsair 700D case (probably the Fortress though)
Corsair 750 watt PSu
Win 7 Pro
G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 Ram (4 gig)
Hyper 212 cooler

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May 31, 2010 12:20:57 AM

Well, the i5-750 plus the Asus P7P55D-E Pro is approximately $400, and less if you have access to a Microcenter.
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May 31, 2010 11:39:10 AM

That's what I can get it for at Newegg approximately.

I'm more so wondering if it would be better to pay a couple dollars xtra and bump up to a hex core AMD with the ability to SLI in the future or risk hitting pipeline restrictions if I go 1156.
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May 31, 2010 12:21:31 PM

^ AMD mobos with AMD chipsets dont support SLI...they only support Crossfire.
And what will the PC be mainly used for???
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May 31, 2010 12:28:43 PM

The performance use will be gaming and some picture / video editing (say 80% / 20%).

Forgot / didn't realize that AMD platforms don't support SLI (although I shoulda know that since ATI is AMD)

main reason I am going with the 470 is that I can get it in a combo deal at the cost of a 5850...so why get a 5850 in that case then?

Thanks.
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May 31, 2010 12:40:56 PM

Power consumption and heat would be the major issues with the GTX 470...
And you should also be able to get a HD 5850 cheaper with HD 5850 combo deals...
And as for the 1156, the ASUS has a better implementation of the SLI/ Crossfire along with SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0...
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May 31, 2010 1:19:36 PM

gkay09 said:
Power consumption and heat would be the major issues with the GTX 470...
And you should also be able to get a HD 5850 cheaper with HD 5850 combo deals...
And as for the 1156, the ASUS has a better implementation of the SLI/ Crossfire along with SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0...


From what I heard though ANY 1156 chipset will be hamstring USB3 / SATA 6 if you run dual vid setup, no?

I usually only build a box every 6 years or so but after limiting myself last time due to getting AGP I want to make sure I'll have the ability to upgrade at least a little.

All in all though it sounds like the 1156 is the better choice, no? And I think between the case and PSU I'm getting if I ever get another card I should be OK there too.
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May 31, 2010 8:06:45 PM

jamus34 said:
From what I heard though ANY 1156 chipset will be hamstring USB3 / SATA 6 if you run dual vid setup, no?

In theory yes, in practice no. And, as gkay09 mentioned, Asus almost overcomes the limitation entirely with their implementation.
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May 31, 2010 10:23:18 PM

cool...thanks guys.

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June 18, 2010 12:24:44 PM

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