Which is better value for a casual gaming rig with an eye to future upgrades - a p55 build with i5 750 and the GTX 460 768 MB and 4 GB RAM, or an x58 build with the i7 930, Radeon HD 5770, and 6 GB RAM for about $100 more?
Let me clarify - I don't plan to upgrade either CPU or graphics card sooner than two years from now, and my gaming needs are primarily Blizzard titles (WoW, SC2), with WoW especially being notorious for CPU-intensive. With all that taken into consideration, does the weaker CPU/chipset/RAM with better video card still trump the i7 930 rig in value?
as above, the LGA1156 platform is no more dead than 1366. if anything, 1156 will last longer. (i really don't know where these rumours keep coming from, but they are being spread by people without a lot of knowledge in these things)
as above, the i5 is actually a superior gaming processor, the 920 being better at encoding tasks and such. the gtx460 is also the superior GPU, so this is a no brainer.
All right. Thank you all! Last question - I heard that the i7 930, despite being a multiplier boost of the i7 920, OC'd better. Is that true as a whole, or is that just attributable to random sample variance? Because if so, I'm thinking about purchasing the new i5 760 instead of the i5 750 and pushing for a better overclock than otherwise obtainable.
I'll be using a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus. Besides which, overclocking is fun.
as fas as we can tell, there is no difference between the 750 and 760. just a multiplier boost. but i havn;t seen any decent OCd pics yet, let alone reviews. i'd say that if you are comfortable overclocking, the 750 would be fine. and with that cooler you should be able to get a lot out of it.
All right. So "multiplier boost" means that the quality of the chip is completely identical, it's just basically a 750 with the multiplier higher than normal (essentially overclocked a tiny bit)?
Thanks bunches for putting up with me.
at the moment, that seems most likely. its hard to tell though, without seeing a fair number of reviews (which we haven't got yet). but given how OCable a 750 is, i doubt you would be losing much even if the 760 was a higher binned chip.