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I7 950 or I5 760? Noise/heat/x8 SLI/future of 1366

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November 3, 2010 12:50:22 AM

Hello Gurus!

I am building a new rig and now stuck on the first step.

I5 760 seems the sensible solution with enough said (I read many a thread like this one in these two days), but I want to be more specific with this query on the following points.

1. Budget: I am bynomeans rich, yet an extra $170 won't upset too much, and if justified I am actually willing to go 1366.

2. Usage: 30%-40% of the times Gaming (I want to run games at absolutely high settings on a 24-inch screen); 50% web surfing; 10% transcoding of different video/audio files.

3. Green effect: I especially do not like a noisy machine together with excessive heat and high power draw. Will the difference be noticeable/tangible?

4. Graphics: I intend to get one GTX460 for the moment, and later when prices go down get another for SLI. How worse is x8 + x8 compared to x16 + x16? What other suggestions for graphics?

5. Upgradability: What sort of games the I5 760 is a bottleneck for, and what about the forseable future? I gather there will be very few, if any, faster CPUs for LGA 1156, so what about 1366? Will 1366 be retained as the standard for Intel's Top line CPUs? If true, for how long, and will the current X58 mobo be able to accommodate such a futher high-end CPU?

Kinda a long list of questions, but I'd really want to have your valuable advice.

Thanks very much in advance!
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November 3, 2010 1:00:21 AM

Trans coding video/audio files may be enough reason to go with the LGA1366 it is going to outlive the 1156 but right know it is guess work for how long. x16 x16 vs x8 x8 is very minimal performance difference around 2% max. HD6870 is going to outperform GTX460 and consume less power http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...
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November 3, 2010 1:13:55 AM

rolli59 said:
Trans coding video/audio files may be enough reason to go with the LGA1366 it is going to outlive the 1156 but right know it is guess work for how long. x16 x16 vs x8 x8 is very minimal performance difference around 2% max. HD6870 is going to outperform GTX460 and consume less power http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...

Very informative, thanks.

Trade-offs everywhere, transcoding leans to 1366 yet minimal PCI-e perf favors 1156. And while drawing less power, HD 6870 is both noisier and sweatier, and it's still some $75 more expensive than GTX460.
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November 3, 2010 1:22:17 AM

HD6850 same performance and price bracket as GTX460 1GB and uses even less power.
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November 3, 2010 1:43:57 AM

Thanks, I will definitely think twice about 460 vs. 6870 or 6850. 6870 now is about 25% more expensive for 15% faster.

I did this odd calculation too according to the TH benchmark, that you have to spend 7% or less time playing games (imagining full load for power consumption) for GTX460 to beat HD6870. In my case though, a minimun of 20% is expected.
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