X58 OR P55 Build?

Primary use: GAMING

I already have an OCZ ModXtreme 700w Modular PSU, and 4gb of Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM and a dvd drive and hard drive and case....

X58 Build:
CPU- I7 930 @ 2.80GHz
Mobo- EVGA P55 FTW3 X58 Motherboard
RAM- Corsair Dominator 3GB 1600 Triple Channel memory
Video Card- Zotac AMP! GTX 470

Total: About $955

P55 Build:
CPU- I7 870 @ 2.93GHz
Mobo- EVGA P55 FTW 200 Motherboard
Video Card- Zotac AMP! GTX 470

Total: About $875

As you can see about $75 difference between the two but which one will give me more performance? I still have to sell my processor and mobo and video card as is...
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  1. For Gaming:
    CPU- I5 760
    EVGA P55 SLI motherboard (cheaper and almost identical to the FTW model)
    - use existing Corsair RAM

    I think that makes the savings about $200 vs the i7 930 and is going to game at about the same speed.

    If you are into video editing or other applications than gaming my answer will be different. I5 760 is just the best bang/buck gaming CPU right now.
  2. I think the synopsis here is that if you're going P55, go P55 to save money now.

    Based on your initial 2 specs chosen, I would 100% go x58. But, all-in-all I would go P55.

    Explanation: If you're going P55, there isn't much value in going super top-end (P55 FTW 200 is high-end for a P55 board), if you are really into benchmarks and want to squeeze every bit of juice out of a build- go x58. If you don't mind giving up a few percentage points of performance (think 3-4%) for a 20%+ cost-savings, go P55.

    I own the board that dndhatcher recommended, along with an i5-750 CPU. Highly recommend both and see little/no need to step up to the FTW 200 (as it means you pay a premium for the NF-200 chip, which tries to make a P55 board behave like an x58 board in the PCI-e lanes, but doesn't get you triple channel memory or hyperthreading). Now, both of these are of very little GAMING value- so really what you are doing is shelling out the premium to get x16/x16 SLI over x8/x8 SLI. The performance gain for this is generally stated to be significantly less than 10% (most figures quote 3-4%).

    If you don't plan to SLI, then its easy- go P55. I got the EVGA P55 SLI model because it leaves the SLI x8/x8 option open in the future, and am very happy with the choice.
  3. Interesting point you make there... I'll have to go and pick out some different parts then... I'll have an update here soon.


    Take a look at this...
  4. Why swap out the ram wheb going x58? Sure 4gb won't be very fast on x58 but ram inpact is minimal. ALso consider the asus sabertooth series. They are mid range series and are exactly what you need.
  5. i only have 2 sticks of ram..
  6. After looking at benchmarks the I7 870 is dominating the i7 930 at everything it does... ill keep my ram and 5770 and hopefully beable to sell my phenom x4 955 and ASUS M4A89TD Pro motherboard. When time comes for an upgrade to the gtx 470 then ill make my move..
  7. p55!
  8. DO note that X58/P55 is going to be replaced by Sandy Bridge soon, so if you can wait, do so.

    If you want a system ASAP, grab a cheap AM3 CPU, board and DDR3 RAM now. Then sell CPU + board (or keep as a emergency spare) and upgrade when SB and BD comes out. You can easily get a Athlon II X2 + DDR3 RAM + ASUS/Gigabyte AM3 board for ~$250 or so.

    Also, waiting on the ATI 6xxx may be a good idea too.
  9. deleted by shadow703793. Double ppost.
  10. meh, its always a waiting game with these... wait a few months and something great will happen... then a few months after that, etc... computer never gets built.

    Sandy Bridge isn't revolutionary... just Moore's Law in action. You'll see a performance bump on the processors- and integrated video that is getting closer to passable, but still worthless for anyone beyond casual.

    Also, the chart that was linked are these processors at stock speeds- which does not account for the insane overclock potential of the i5 750/760, so expect that they end up much higher on the list when all is said and done....
  11. ^ The thing is, with the current sockets they will NOT receive any future upgrades. The sockets are done. For LGA1366 it will have one more refresh with 32nm CPUs, that's it. For LGA1156, it's done. Perhaps Intel will release more higher clocked/unlocked CPUs that's it.

    Imo, there is no point in spending money when a platform is going to be history in a few months.

    For the record, those of us that bought LGA1366 a few months after release have gotten good two years or so of use (Core i7 920 was released in Q4 2008) and the i7 920/930/950 is still at the top of the charts. That is until SB/BD comes out. Even then, it's still more than enough for most people.

    Those of you getting LGA1366/1156 now will feel sorry when SB/BD comes out and not spending that little extra (obviously a few months ~2-4 after release) on the new platform.
  12. Best answer
    Wait a second? You have a phenom 955 and a 5770???

    Then forget it. Keep you're system at least until sandy bridge comes out.

    The GPU market also promises the intresting dual 460gtx and a higher end fermi with 460 efficiency. But at their price point 460s and 470s are already pretty intresting.

    Ati on the other and has nothing to offer with their 6xxx series just being a refresh of their 5xxx series.

    For you're CPU upgrade I'd definately wait, about the gpu that's your call but a dual 460 card seems to suit you're needs perfectly so maybe you should wait.
  13. Quote:

    Ati on the other and has nothing to offer with their 6xxx series just being a refresh of their 5xxx series.

    Apparently the ATI 6770/6750 should perform the same as the 5830/5850 so we may have a noticeable change in the price vs performance segment for the $150-200 and $200-400 range. And we may even see the availability of 5770/5750 for <$100.
  14. Well, how long should I wait? Just so you know, the more new things they release the harder it will be for me to sell my stuff, not to mention the value will decrease...ALOT. I don't even know what a sandy watever even is.. the 6xxx series seems to look like fail, but the Dual GTX 460 interests me... if you could get me more info then that would be great..
  15. Wait depends on you. In two months if you will be upset that you could have got your same build for 10% less then wait, if not then dont wait. Also depends on how well your existing PC is serving your needs/desires.
  16. Best answer selected by juicycrapachino.
  17. dndhatcher said:

    If you are into video editing or other applications than gaming my answer will be different. I5 760 is just the best bang/buck gaming CPU right now.

    Hi dndhatcher,
    I'm about to upgrade my system for HD-videoediting (mostly Adobe-PP CS6).
    I'm in the dark regarding what to get...

    A friend wants to sell:
    1) Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 - 2 x 4 GB Corsair 1866 Mhz - Intel i7 860 (i will then supplement RAM w. 2x4)

    A collegue sells:
    2) Asus X58-P6TD Deluxe, Intel I7 930 - No RAM (i'll get 12 or 16 GB RAM for this) - my favourite i think...

    Finally (another collegue) i have been offered:
    3) MSI Big Bang XPower X58 - 3x 2GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz CL7 RAM - Intel i7 920 (i will supplement RAM w. 3x2)

    All prices are fair and negotiable w. respect to market price.
    Any oppinion on this - thoughts and advice is much appreciated, thank you :)
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