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a b B Homebuilt system
September 2, 2010 2:26:22 PM

Intel® Core™ i5 760 - 2.80GHz Quad Core, Socket 1156, 8MB L3, Intel DMI Interface, 45nm, x64 Support, Intel VT, 3 Year Warranty
GIGABYTE® P55A-UD3: P55 Express Chipset - Socket LGA1156, 2.5GT/s DMI Bus - Supports: Pentium Dual Core, Core i3, i5 & i7 LGA1156
GIGABYTE® ATI® Radeon HD5850 - 1GB GDDR5, 256-Bit Memory Bus, PCI Express 2.0, 2x DVI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, HDCP Compliant
GIGABYTE® SUMO 5115 Black Aluminum - 5x 5.25" & 7x 3.5" Bays - 1x Front & 2x Rear 120mm LED Fans - Projected Logo, No PSU, Side Window

Gskill ripjaws 4gb of ram
antec earthwatts 650 watt PSU
samsung spinpoint 1tb hdd

dont give me combos from newegg as newegg dont ship to my country, is it worth it to upgrade my motherboard to the p55a ud4p? if i do upgrade it i have to downgrade my case to a gigabyte x7(and no i dont have much choice in cases, if i did i probably would have gone for an antec 300), i probably will not crossfire in the future though, i was also looking at a gtx 460 gpu, im playing at 1080p resolution, i heard that the 5850 is better at higher resolution though, any other suggestions?

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 2, 2010 2:27:11 PM

oh yes i will be overclocking, and i was looking at the thermalright silver arrow cpu cooler
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September 2, 2010 2:32:54 PM

That mobo only has one x16 lane, but if you're not going to SLI, then that is perfectly fine.

The 5850 is a bit better than the 460 at 1080, but if you're going one card, I would recommend the 470. It's about the same price as the 5850 with better performance. It is a little hotter/power hungry, but the antec 650w will be able to handle 1 card no problem.

460 vs. 5850: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/164?vs=180
470 vs. 5850: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/164?vs=160

Price v. Performance chart: http://techreport.com/articles.x/19404/11
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 2, 2010 2:45:05 PM

i know ive seen the benches and so on, i dont want a gf100 card though i would rather go for the 5850 or gtx 460 as i am going to overclock the gpu, the gtx 470 runs too hot for my liking, and yes i know the mobo has 1 x16 lane, i decided im rather going to go for an lga 1336 build with an x58 usb3 mobo (i also could go for the x58 ud3r is it worth it?) an i7 930 cpu, hd5850 or gtx 460 and a gigabyte isolo 210 case, but if i do go lga 1366 will it make a big difference if i dont have 6gb of ram so i wont be able to run it in tri channel as i cant afford 6gb if i go for that system
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September 2, 2010 2:47:27 PM

Depends what you're using your computer for. For gaming, additional cores don't really affect performances, so an o/c'ed 760 is pretty much on par with a 930. Your bottleneck even in your CURRENT system is going to be your GFX card, not your cpu or your ram. 4GB is more than enough for any current game.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 2, 2010 2:57:20 PM

an i7 930 is also a quad core.... obviously 4gb is enough for gaming but 4gb is not optimal for an lga 1366 build as i wont be able to run it in tri channel, but the reason i was thinking of the lga 1366 build is because of lga 1366 having a better upgrade path over lga 1156 and also because of the 2x16 lanes which no p55 motherboard has, so i might crossfire or sli in the future (yes i know the 2x16 lanes wont make much of a difference over (x16/x8) but its still better) also im looking for longevity as im keeping this build for a while about 6 years, ive posted similar questions around a month ago when i was building for friends but this is different, this is my PC :) 
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September 2, 2010 4:19:41 PM

You still didn't answer what you're using it for. If the answer is gaming, going to the i7 930 is a waste of money. If you're doing very cpu intensive things like video rendering or photoshop or 3d modeling, then the step up to 4 cores is worth it.

The 1366 socket is NOT futureproof. The new line of chips from intel will use a new 2011 socket. The 1156 socket is ALSO NOT futureproof. That socket will be replaced by the 1155. Here I am using the term futureproof in the sense that you will not be able to put better/faster chips in these motherboards.

My advice would be buy a BUDGET box right now (I would say i5 or AMD 955) and wait for the chip refresh (Q12011).
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 2, 2010 4:40:22 PM

both the i5 769 and i7 930 are quad cores, i know intel are releasing new sockets for its sandy bridge chips, lga 1366 is more future proof than lga 1156 as i can still upgrade the cpu to a i7 980x hexa core cpu when it gets cheaper, as for lga 1156 if i go for an i5 760 the best upgrade i could get would be the i7 870 which would not be much of an upgrade, thats what i mean by more future proof, i will be using the PC for gaming and a bit of photoshop and some programming
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September 2, 2010 4:45:11 PM

Dude, I am telling you that the 760 and 930 are pretty much equivalent. Just take the 200 you save now, and the 300 you would eventually spend on the 980 and put it towards getting a sandy bridge mobo and chip in half a year. You will NOT notice ANY difference in the meantime, and you'll end up with a better system in the future.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/109?vs=47
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 3, 2010 1:07:54 PM

huh.... im buying now i cant wait for the sandy bridge cpus sadly, so right now lga 1366 is more future proof than lga 1156 thats what im saying
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 3, 2010 1:09:50 PM

and i cannot afford a new build when it comes out, and in 3 years or so the i7 980 would be alot cheaper hopefully
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