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To i7 or not to i7, that is hypothetical.

Hi,
I have a hypothetical situation that perhaps some of you can help me with. As some here have stated, Microcenter has some unbelievable deals on Intel CPU’s (i7-930 at $199.99, i7-860 at $229.99, i5-750 at $189.99, and the $179 i7-920 wasn’t in stock). The ever-present string attached is that Microcenter requires you pick up the CPU in their store (Hoping you will fill up your cart while you are there.) Here in lies the hypothetical, I can bother one of my friends in a not so near city (with said Microcenter) to pick up one of these CPU’s and deliver it into my hands. But which direction will my quest for CPU enlightenment take? Will it be the fast and powerful ‘930, the equally fast and powerful ‘860, or the 95% as fast and powerful i5-750?

1. Use the i5-750 ($199.99) version of things from Newegg.com as a basis.
2. The Microcenter i7-860 build version is exactly $30 extra since the rest of the build components are exactly the same.
3. The Microcenter i7-930 version includes an upgrade from an Asus P7P55-E PRO ($169) to Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R ($209) and an upgrade from dual to triple channel (an extra $60) for a total of extra $100.
So readers of this forum, which direction would you take on your quest for CPU enlightenment. Don’t bother the friend from a not so near city, and stick to the i5-750 version from Newegg.com. Do you go for the i7-860 build for the price of a bottle of Wild Turkey? Or lastly, do you the I7-930 route for cost of a C note?

Give me your votes and your reasoning for it.
These hypotheticals can give you a headache.
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  1. Before we vote u need to elaborate what the system is mainly used for i.e render/encode/complie, etc
  2. Wow microcenter prices have gone up!

    i5-750 was $159 back in October 09.
    i7-920 was $199 but the i7-860 was only $189.

    But yes, you should fill out form in sticky, link in my sig.
  3. lol what do you mean hypothetical? Is this just for fun?

    If it is than 930 get's my vote simply because it's the best :P

    If it isn't just for fun:
    +1 to the above posts
  4. batuchka said:
    Before we vote u need to elaborate what the system is mainly used for i.e render/encode/complie, etc

    Hi,
    It is to be a multiuse system for gaming, video capture, and daily use. In general, the best all arround performance system for buck.
    Terry
  5. banthracis said:
    Wow microcenter prices have gone up!

    i5-750 was $159 back in October 09.
    i7-920 was $199 but the i7-860 was only $189.

    But yes, you should fill out form in sticky, link in my sig.

    Hi,
    The prices listed were from their site earlier this week.
  6. Somebody_007 said:
    lol what do you mean hypothetical? Is this just for fun?

    If it is than 930 get's my vote simply because it's the best :P

    If it isn't just for fun:
    +1 to the above posts

    Hi,
    No, it isn't just for fun. The only hypothetical part is wheter or not I ask my friend to pick up the CPU at Microcenter and ship it to me.
  7. Best answer
    An i5-750 system is great bang for the buck. So, I would go with the i5-750 unless you know your work will take advantage of HT, you'll use more than 2 video cards, or you enjoy OCing.
  8. if you like ocing the i7 875k is a really nice and customisable cpu(which I had on lol).
  9. Best answer selected by terry4536.
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