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I5 or i7 Build - Buying within 2 weeks

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July 29, 2010 4:58:08 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1500.00 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Hulu/Netflix, Websurfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS (Have Win7 64)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. (I have local Microcenter and Frys)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ATI GPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes - in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 (minimum)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I created two builds, one i5, one i7. The cost difference isn't so much of an issue. But saving money can't hurt. I will be buying the Processors from Microcenter (i5 is $170 and the i7 is $200). I will also likely pick up the monitor in store, as I had some issues with ordering TV's/Monitor's before. However, these items are on the lists, just for completeness of the builds. Any feedback would be great, or recommendations which build to go with. I am leaning towards the i7 build just for longevity and strength.

One more question. I have a 5850 on the list, and will likely crossfire down the line. Will the selected PSU be sufficient for the crossfire? I had originally been thinking of just saying what the hell, and getting a 5870, but I think this is the more prudent option, as I won't be taxing the 5850 immediately.

The builds: (updated)

For Both:
GPU: XFX 5850
PSU: Corsair 750TX
HDD: Spinpoint 1TB
Monitor: Samsung 23
Compound
Case: CM 690
Optical

Core i5:
motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E
CPU: i5 750
Ram: Gskill, DDR3, Cas 7

Total: $1,263.90 (-$30 for the CPU)

Core i7:
motherboard: Gigabyte X58A
CPU: i7 930
Ram: Gskill, DDR3, Cas 8

Total: $1,433.90 (-$90 for the CPU)

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July 29, 2010 6:42:41 PM

have you considered the i5 760?
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July 29, 2010 6:46:19 PM

and how much would it cost for the i5 build if u put a 5870 in it?
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July 29, 2010 7:00:11 PM

i7 is pointless in a gaming build. You're paying for core's you don't need.

It's not just CPU cost, it's also Mobo cost and RAM cost on top of it.

Yes a 650 TX will run a 5850 xfire. Will need cable adapters though, not enough 6/8 pins.

Wrong mobo for i5. You want the asus p7p55d-e pro.

That one is not a xfire board.


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July 29, 2010 7:20:41 PM

Did the i5 760 replace the 750, like the 930 replaced the 920? (The flyer for microcenter might not be up to date, but I'm going there for a HDD today, so I will check on the 760).

I was wrong about warranty on the Sapphires. But that isn't important.

With regard to the GPU:
5850 is about $300
5870 is about $400 (1gb)
5870 is about $500 (2gb)

All of these through newegg.com.

I would be open to any of these.

Thanks for the catch on the mobo.

I will take a look today, and update my items this evening or tomorrow.

Just a note about the cost, the i7 build is only $110 more.
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July 29, 2010 8:35:41 PM

About the case. I have no reason to dump a lot of money into one, but I want everything to fit nicely and be quiet.

Any significant distinction between CM 690 and the Antec 300?
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August 1, 2010 4:50:41 PM

go with the i5 760 as lga1156 mobos are alot cheaper than lga 1366, and yes it is the same as the 930 replacing the 920 the 760 is 2,8 ghz and if you are going to overclock have you put any thought into an aftermarket cpu cooler? and what about getting 2 gtx 460 1gb as a gtx460 in sli is better than a gtx 480
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August 1, 2010 4:57:08 PM

First, I don't know if I will overclock, and I was thinking of picking up the cooler later, if necessary. But I may just add one to the package now. However, I don't know much about coolers.

Second, I have been partial to the ATI GPUs, mostly because they made it to market first. So I don't know much about the NV cards, but I suppose I should look into them.

Regarding the CPUs, I started seeing murmurs that Intel will be possibly releasing a new socket by the end of the year. Is this correct? How does this affect longevity of the two current sockets - 1156 and 1366?
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August 1, 2010 7:18:51 PM

i was going 2 get a 5850 and in 6 months get another and put it in crossfire, but then i found out that 2 gtx 460s in sli perform better than 2 5850s in crossfire, and the gtx 460s are a lot cheaper
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August 1, 2010 7:21:46 PM

Oh, sweet, I will def. look into that then. Thank you so much for your help so far. I'm sure I will keep posting with more questions and such.

Hopefully someone will post about the Intel sockets and the new one coming out (if that is indeed true).

Did some quick research and found this article. So I guess it won't be for a while, and the line is dead, so may as well use what I can get now, and not worry about it. It is inevitable with technology anyway.

Oh, I checked at microcenter, and as of right now they are not carrying 760s. I may wait to see if they come in and what their prices for those will be. If they are in fact replacing 750s, then it should be like $170 for the 760 as well. No new flyer for Microcenter yet, posted on their site, and they didn't have them in stock at the store.
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August 11, 2010 12:53:09 AM

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