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August 3, 2010 6:00:23 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1200CAD before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, general websurfing (+lots of tabs), occasional photo editing/GIF production

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, maybe OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anything Canadian, I will use NCIX for the pricematch and $50 build-for-me option

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC with good cooling for hot summer days, no bling on the case, top mounted USB ports & mic/headphone plug.

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Here are parts I had already chosen minus the CPU:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3

GPU: EVGA 768-P3-1362-AR GeForce GTX 460 (AR model for lifetime warranty)

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W

HDD: Haven't decided between 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 or WD Caviar Green/Black/Blue. NCIX doesn't carry the Spinpoint F3 500GB

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX40G (40GB boot drive)

RAM: G. SKiLL Ripjaws 2x2gb

Case: NCIX doesn't have the Coolermaster Elite 370 which is exactly what I wanted so do you have any recommendations, preferably under $60? I'll probably order some extra low-rpm fans (see "additional comments").
August 3, 2010 6:21:42 PM

What CPUs are you considering? You selected an 1156 board, so either an i3 or an i5. What is your remaining budget for the CPU? The new i5-760s are basically the most frequently recommended gaming CPU. (Well the 750s were, but they are being discontinued and replaced by the 760s).

You didn't really give much information about your issue with the CPU, other than that you were missing it from your package. And although you gave a budget, you didn't provide what you have remaining, if you are set with the parts you have selected so far.
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August 3, 2010 7:36:50 PM

I've been looking at the i5-750/760, i7-860, Xeon x3440.


Here's the budget summation if all goes well with NCIX Pricematching:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 - $134.79
GPU: EVGA 768-P3-1362-AR GeForce GTX 460 (AR model for lifetime warranty) - $229.99
PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W - $69.99
HDD: 500GB Barracuda 7200.12; NCIX doesn't carry the Spinpoint F3 500GB - $39.99 (On special until tomorrow, then $60 for WD Caviar Black)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX40G (40GB boot drive) - $129.99
RAM: G. SKiLL Ripjaws 2x2gb - $99.99
Case: NZXT Beta Evo - $46.99

Comes up to about $950 after tax, S&H, $50 build charge. So I have $250 to play with. I realize I can fit most of these processors within my budget but I want one which is the best fit for me and I don't mind going cheaper if that's the case.

using infoprix.ca to check prices (before taxes), I am left with this to contemplate:

Core i5-750 $200 (before taxes)
Core i5-760 $200 (before taxes - special ends tomorrow, $215 otherwise)
Core i7-860 $265.95
Xeon x3440 $240 (before taxes)

I'm leaning towards the 760 like you mentioned but the idea of HT is very tantalizing for futureproofing although I'm having a hard time justifying it, judging by my current uses.
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August 3, 2010 10:03:34 PM

My opinion, given your written uses, would be the 760, particularly at that price. It depends on how "future-proof" you want to be though, I guess. As you point out. But this socket will be dead by the end of next year, so....

So yeah, if you want an opinion, I say go with the 760.
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August 3, 2010 10:13:14 PM

Have you considered going AMD? You could either buy a Phenom II X4 955 now for very similar gaming performance to the i5-750/760, or go a little lower and look at getting a Bulldozer chip next year.
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August 4, 2010 12:45:39 AM

coldsleep said:
Have you considered going AMD? You could either buy a Phenom II X4 955 now for very similar gaming performance to the i5-750/760, or go a little lower and look at getting a Bulldozer chip next year.


I've only now started considering AMD; I've been so impressed with the Intel Core iX series and only used Intel before, not that I've been against AMD--I just don't have any experience with them. I definitely know that in terms of futureproofing, AMD would be the wiser choice (due to socket AM3), I'm just not impressed with their performance vs Core iX.

If I stuck with the core i5, I'd try to make it last as long as I could, my current LGA775 still functions fine, barring a few mobo replacements due to powersurge and short circuit incidents. With that said however, I wouldn't mind trying AMD. Do you suggest the Phenom II X4 945 (as I don't plan on overclocking) or the X6 1055T? Which mobo would suit me well given the other components I have listed? I don't do intense gaming so I wouldn't mind the small fps drop from the X6.

I'm thinking of getting the Phenom II X6 1055T with the ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870

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