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August 5, 2010 5:14:24 PM

Hi,

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: asap

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) $900 or wherever price/performance has diminishing returns.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, working

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: microcenter, newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick) US

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type Intel/Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like something not tremendously hot and not tremendously noisy.

Here are my choices for build:

Intel® Core™ i7-930 Processor (8M Cache, 2.80 GHz, 4.80 GT/s Intel® QPI) $199.99
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $219.99
TR3X6G1333C9 6GB RAM: $145

X58: $564.98 ($1073.98)

Intel® Core™ i5-760 Processor (8M Cache, 2.80 GHz) $189.99
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro $179
OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK 8GB RAM: $170

P55: $538.99 ($1047.99)

Common Parts: $509

Power SUpply ($90) CMPSU-650TX
Case $80 Armor A60 VM20001W2Z
EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $229
HD: WD1001FALS 1TB $89.99
DVD-ROM: $20

As you can see I have two options, one with X58 and 930 and one with P55 and I5-760.

First question, which one should I go for, the X58 or the P55? I don't plan on overclocking I just want a fast, cool, quiet-ish machine.

Second, can anyone see anywhere I am wasting money? I want to get this down to around $850-$900 if I can.

Thanks!

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August 5, 2010 5:24:02 PM

For $30 more i would go for the X58, for multithreaded things the 930 will beat the 750, but for things that use 4 or less they will tie or the 930 will come out slightly ahead with its higher memory bandwidth.

If you are going to be buying off of newegg combos can get you a long way, you might want to check into possible a different case that has a good combo with a PSU.
August 5, 2010 5:24:30 PM

Depends on what you wanna do. Please do state your primary usage.

Take a look at this guide & edit your post accordingly.
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August 5, 2010 5:33:06 PM

calguyhunk said:
Depends on what you wanna do. Please do state your primary usage.

Take a look at this guide & edit your post accordingly.


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August 5, 2010 5:33:54 PM

hunter315 said:
For $30 more i would go for the X58, for multithreaded things the 930 will beat the 750, but for things that use 4 or less they will tie or the 930 will come out slightly ahead with its higher memory bandwidth.

If you are going to be buying off of newegg combos can get you a long way, you might want to check into possible a different case that has a good combo with a PSU.


Do you have a case/powersupply combination that you recommend? I don't need a big flashy case but the Armor seemed like a pretty good choice.
August 5, 2010 5:47:46 PM

Dont get an open box board, it may or may not come with the cables and other add ons that you count on getting with a new motherboard.

If you change to the Antec 900 that comes with an Earthwatts 650W unit preinstalled, you can combo it with your motherboard and it knocks $50 off the price of the build. The EA650 isnt quite as strong as the 650TX but is still more than enough for the GTX 460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
August 5, 2010 5:50:42 PM

I notice that MicroCenter has much better pricing on CPUs than Newegg does so I dont know if the combo will work
August 5, 2010 5:59:23 PM

The combo is only for the case/psu and motherboard, still get your CPU from microcenter, i had forgot they sell them for obscenely low prices.
August 5, 2010 6:08:19 PM

So you think it's worth giving up the extra 2GB of RAM and the +$60 for the X58 vs the P55?
August 6, 2010 1:23:32 PM

Anyone else have any thoughts here?
August 6, 2010 1:36:42 PM

For gaming, 4 GB is plenty enough. Games of today don't really have the ability to use a helluva lot more than that. By the time that happens, 6 / 8 GB will become a lot cheaper (hopefully).

Go with low latency though. 7 or below. 7-8-7-20 , 7-8-7-24-2N
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