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August 11, 2010 8:07:49 PM

Sorry if I missed a few key personnel but I'm going off of RAHM (random access human memory) chip and mine is a bit fried from the high school days :whistle: 

I know AMD seems to be the prefer. choice, but heard back from a relative and I can obtain some intel parts for a good price. I know some say intel boards a junk, but if I can get an i5 or i7 chip inconjunction with one of their boards, what do you guys suggest? Also, do they make other things that I may benefit from?

I was considering an AM3 build with a phenom x4 955 or 965, but I can get an i5 - 750 for less. What is intels best modern day mobo that you guys would give props to, and if I can score an i7 chip for the same price I was planning on spending retail for the 955/965, what i7 chip would you suggest?

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August 11, 2010 9:24:36 PM

Can I butt in anyways..? *Puppy eyes* XD

I actually did this a long time ago, got a P4+Intel board for a little bit less the cost of the CPU alone.

The problem with Intel boards is that the BIOS layout isn't the best, its not the best OCer on the market, and you get a funny feeling seeing how almost half of the PCB is empty.

Anyhow, There are only 3 decent Intel Mobos on the Market.

The i5-750/760 +DP55KG (the one with the little skull) is a good choice, a decent Mobo for its price.
(Though if they only have the DP55WG, its alright too, just missing some "premium" features)

or, if you can get a good deal, the i7-930/50 + DX58SO for the higher end is a nice combo too.
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August 11, 2010 9:32:45 PM

all i7 chips are good but IMO best bang for buck are 930s and 980s. Probably a 930 in your case. I'd get a 930 with a dx58so as mentioned by timop. Not the best board but it really isn't a lot worse than the famed ud3r which most people buy.
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August 11, 2010 9:41:07 PM

Thanks guys,

I'm all for whoever chiming in as long as you are familiar with Intel stuff :) . I'll get a quote on the two routes suggested, if I can get the i5-750/760 +DP55KG or the i7-930 chip and a DX58SO, what would you say these compare to in the AMD world? I ask only because all the responders to my "what build" posts are stating AMD / ASUS or Gigabyte builds so I'm somewhat familiar with those.

Question, by going intel, will my other selections need to change?

eg. memory, case, hd, gpu etc?
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August 11, 2010 9:50:59 PM

josh2010 said:
Thanks guys,

I'm all for whoever chiming in as long as you are familiar with Intel stuff :) . I'll get a quote on the two routes suggested, if I can get the i5-750/760 +DP55KG or the i7-930 chip and a DX58SO, what would you say these compare to in the AMD world? I ask only because all the responders to my "what build" posts are stating AMD / ASUS or Gigabyte builds so I'm somewhat familiar with those.

Question, by going intel, will my other selections need to change?

eg. memory, case, hd, gpu etc?

Nope, as Intel support both SLI/Crossfire, youll be "finer" than on AMD in terms of GPUs, only changes is to preferably get tri-channel RAM for 1366.

The i5-750+DP55KG is roughly a 955+870 (ASRock 870 Extreme 3) in terms of performance and features, which is about $245.
The i7-930+DX58S) is about an 1090T+890FX(ASRock 890FX Deluxe3), which is about $450, but in both cases you lose USB3/SATA6 with the Intel boards.
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August 11, 2010 9:54:29 PM

Timop said:
Nope, as Intel support both SLI/Crossfire, youll be "finer" than on AMD in terms of GPUs, only changes is to preferably get tri-channel RAM for 1366.

The i5-750+DP55KG is roughly a 955+870 (ASRock 870 Extreme 3) in terms of performance and features, which is about $245.
The i7-930+DX58S) is about an 1090T+890FX(ASRock 890FX Deluxe3), which is about $450, but in both cases you lose USB3/SATA6 with the Intel boards.

so what board would you reccomend if i can land either the i5 or i7 to still obtain the usb3/sata6? Keeping bang for buck in mind :) 
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August 12, 2010 4:13:09 AM

no Mr Pizza eh?
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August 12, 2010 4:26:58 AM

Mr Pizza said:
no Mr Pizza eh?

Mr. Pizza you are always invited, especially if you're bringing some mountain pies!
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August 12, 2010 4:53:47 AM

josh2010 said:
so what board would you reccomend if i can land either the i5 or i7 to still obtain the usb3/sata6? Keeping bang for buck in mind :) 

If your're talking a non-Intel mobo the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA is a very good price right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 12, 2010 11:03:07 AM

Timop said:
I actually did this a long time ago...
Umm...Sorry for the off topic, but Timop, it says you're 14 years old!!!!!

How could you have done anything a l-o-n-g time ago? If my math ain't failing me, I think a (not so) long time ago, your mommy was still cleaning up after you :kaola: 

(Hey now, take this in the right spirit now, will ya)?
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August 12, 2010 11:21:53 AM

For gaming an i5 750 trumps anything amd can offer keeping in mind you would OC. And i7s trumps anything amd can offer OC or no OC.
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August 12, 2010 11:31:31 AM

If gaming the i7 is not required as the i5 750 has all the power you need. Like somebody said, the i5 750 is better than anthing AMD can offer

If you are able to get a REAL good deal on i7 and the mobo then it may be worth considering. But if the cost of the i7 + Intel mobo would cost more than you getting an i5 750 and an Asus P7P55D E Pro board (an excellent P55 board) I would prefer the i5 750 (for what my lowly opinion is worth :p  )
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August 12, 2010 2:45:10 PM

calguyhunk said:
Umm...Sorry for the off topic, but Timop, it says you're 14 years old!!!!!

How could you have done anything a l-o-n-g time ago? If my math ain't failing me, I think a (not so) long time ago, your mommy was still cleaning up after you :kaola: 

(Hey now, take this in the right spirit now, will ya)?

Heyhey, kids can still order stuff. :bounce: 

I ordered a P4+915P combo when I was 9 (with birthday money of course) about 5 years ago (which is "long", relatively to me)
I can show you the receipt if you want.. XD
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August 12, 2010 3:29:15 PM

josh2010 said:
Mr. Pizza you are always invited, especially if you're bringing some mountain pies!

I sure will bud :p 
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August 12, 2010 3:30:16 PM

i5 750 is good for gaming, i7's won't give you any more performance in games because games can't take advantage of hyper threading :) 
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August 12, 2010 3:39:02 PM

let me quickly sum up the differences.

an i7 performs quite a bit better than an i5 with or without hyperthreading(It won't make a difference if you haven't got a lot of GPU power but if you do the difference will be noticable)

It's a better overclocker

x58 has a better upgrade path

x58 has faster ram(tripple channel)

x58 supports 3-way and 4-way GPU solutions. And it supports 2-way solutions at full speed
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August 12, 2010 3:39:03 PM

CPU choice depends on purpose.
Pure gaming, best bang for buck is phenom II x4 955 $160 and athlon II x3 $75

For Gaming and some productivity you'll want the i5-750.

For pure workstation phenom II x6 1055t.

For gaming/workstation i7-860 works if you don't need multiple PCIe lanes.

For gaming/workstation with 3 or more GPU's, you'll need i7-930.

For eyefinity gaming a Phenom II x4 955 with a FX chipset, or an i7-930.
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August 12, 2010 5:01:43 PM

Ok, need a build for an I7-930, can you guys suggest a quality build keeping budget in mind?
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August 12, 2010 5:05:12 PM

Fill out the form in the sticky, link in my sig.
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August 12, 2010 5:18:55 PM

banthracis said:
Fill out the form in the sticky, link in my sig.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: $600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft II, surfing the internet, MS Applications, some high level software development (e.g. C#, Java, etc)

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, microcenter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES:

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Parts selection based around an I7-930
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