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I7 930 + HD 5770 or i5 750 + GTX 460 768?

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July 19, 2010 9:31:46 PM

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?

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July 20, 2010 12:58:20 AM

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?
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July 20, 2010 1:05:04 AM

Yes. Gaming is much more about the graphics card than the processor these days. The hyperthreading you get with the i7-930 does nothing for gaming.
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July 20, 2010 1:12:22 AM

Okay. I'm worried about future-proofing, though - I heard that LGA 1156 (and by extension, p55) is a dead platform. Would x58 give me more room for future upgrades?
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July 20, 2010 2:19:22 AM

two_eyes said:
Okay. I'm worried about future-proofing, though - I heard that LGA 1156 (and by extension, p55) is a dead platform. Would x58 give me more room for future upgrades?


No, X58 is dead next year as well. The only platform which has a scheduled next generation CPU is AMD's AM3.
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July 20, 2010 2:24:38 AM

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.
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July 20, 2010 2:28:54 AM

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.
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July 20, 2010 2:59:22 AM

Theres really no reason to overclock if youre playing WOW on a new i5 with a GTX460.
Also shouldnt be overclocking unless you upgrade the heatsink/fan on your CPU.

I'd highly reccomend paying the extra 20or30 bucks for the 1gb version of the GTX460
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July 20, 2010 3:02:00 AM

I'll be using a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus. Besides which, overclocking is fun.

The thing is, newegg has a combo deal for a quality PSU + GTX 460 768 MB that's $30 off. So, the 1 GB model is actually more like $60 more expensive :\
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July 20, 2010 3:28:08 AM

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I'll be using a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus. Besides which, overclocking is fun.


well said.

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.
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July 20, 2010 3:30:24 AM

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.
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July 20, 2010 3:43:19 AM

two_eyes said:
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.
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July 20, 2010 3:44:55 AM

Best answer selected by two_eyes.
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July 20, 2010 3:45:25 AM

All right. Thank you all! I greatly appreciate the saved money :D 
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July 20, 2010 3:51:09 AM

happy to help.
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