Working on a new build. I primarily play EQ2 right now, potentially playing newer MMOs in the future. Occasional photo editing, but that's really not a big deal... I think any system I end up building will work well enough for what I do photo editing-wise. I tend to buy a new system from the bottom up every 4-5 years or so (in the past, I've often "tried" to future proof, but never ended up using the 'extras' I thought I might use someday... by the time I "need" them, I'm fed up with the system, and end up upgrading just about everything.) Looking to buy probably in the next month, unless there's a really good reason to wait.
Debating on memory - any recs? Looking for at least 4GB, I think (see later)
My biggest question:
I started this build thinking I was certainly going i7... but looking at benchmarks, the i5 750 seems pretty close to the i7 930, which is my other option. Going with the i5 would save me $100 or so... worth the savings?
I don't quite understand the difference between the i5 and the i7. I want crossfire ready. Do I need 6GB (2x2x2) ram in the i7? (should I get 6+ in the i5?)
I'm looking at staying around 2k total, and still need a case for sure - for that, I'm debating. I have a custom built desk with a vented (fan) cabinet, but it's small, and can only hold a case ~18longx20 high. I'm not sure I can get 2 large video cards in such a space, while maintaining cooling. If computer has to come out of that cabinet, quiet operation is a must.
The Core i5 750 would suit you best, Photoshop doesn't use the extra threads from HTT on the Core i7, and the Core i5 750 would be more than enough in this case. A few things I would suggest too.
The ASUS P7P55D-E Pro would be a better motherboard.
I also suggest the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB.
As for the graphic card, a single HD 5870 wouldn't perform as well as HD 5830 CFX, but it would leave more room for expansion, and the HD 5870 won't be outdated that soon, it's ATi's current flagship single GPU card. Your power supply is a bit overkill, if you do plan for dual HD 5870s later on then a HX750W would suffice, if you plan to do just dual HD 5830s then an HX650W would be enough.
With memory, just go for the CL7 blue G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x2GB kit.
For my last 2 or 3 builds, I've thought that way, except I never, EVER, end up getting that 2nd GPU. And by the time I'm thinking 'hey that would be a good idea', they practically don't make my gpu anymore.... so says my x1900xt So unless the second 5870 is going to be worth it 4 years from now (vs. another full system upgrade) I think the 2 5830 CFX are a better bet for me.
If you're going to spend 2k, you might as well go the i7 route and the 1366 chipset, which is better for OC'ing, performance, on board features like USB 3.0, SATA3, eSata for some boards.
If you live near a Microcenter, the i7 is $199 in store pick up.
Well I don't HAVE to spend 2k, in fact, I'd rather spend less, then I can replace my chair, which is also desperately needed. I don't really care about usb 3.0 (rarely use peripherals that need speed, it's not like my keyboard is gonna run faster!), where does SATA3 come in? That's slightly tempting, but if it pushes up prices for everything, probably not worth it for me.
....but that i7 at microcenter IS tempting, there's one nearby....
Well, if you get the i7 for $199, then going the i7 route is a NO BRAINER, since you're paying $5 more for the processor. And if you don't want USB 3.0 or Sata3, then you can find an x58 board for under $200 or in the $200 range, and you'd still be at or around the same price as the i5 build.
The i7 + UD3R would be $410 total - $70 difference between i5 & i7 build.
Well, if you get the i7 for $199, then going the i7 route is a NO BRAINER, since it's only a $50 difference between the i5 build and i7 build, and if you don't want USB 3.0 or Sata3, then you can find an x58 board for under $200 or in the $200 range.
+1 the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R is $210 at newegg, and it has all the latest controllers. Boards without the them arent that much cheaper, as its intel's top of the range socket
From Amazon (for the free shipping, plus bonus points on our CC)
Cheapo SATA DVD Burner $29.80 (I think this may end up a few bucks cheaper at Newegg when you add in shipping, but whatever) Logitech Keyboard $19.06 intellimouse $23.88 Cooler Master CM 690 II Case I'm a bit nervous about this case. I really really want quiet. My husband just recently got this and it's pretty darn quiet. I don't have the room for that on my desk, i'm hoping this one wont be too much noisier. Quiet is key, and if anyone has a suggestion for mid tower, let me know. $89.99 Asus VW266H Monitor $304.96
It seems a small enough difference in price to justify the i7 (so says me. My husband says, and i quote "pfft"... but I think that's because he just got an i5 6 months ago, because at the time, the price difference was more like $200)
You know how I feel about this - it's a mere $70 difference between the 2 systems, and you're getting:
An i7, which will overclock better, and is a newer processor
You're also getting 6 GB Tri Channel RAM vs 4GB dual mode
A much better 1366 chipset with future proofing technologies in USB 3, SATA3, eSata3
Thinking long term, it's definitely worth the $70 difference, it's very minimal compared to how much more you're getting.
I just built a very similar rig, and the i5 didn't even cross my mind, due to such a small difference, and I didn't even have a Microcenter near by, lucky YOU!