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October 6, 2010 3:20:04 AM

Components with asteriks are pretty set in stone.

*Cooler Master Full Tower HAF 932
*ASUS VW246H 24"
*GSKILLZ 6GB 240-PIN DDR3 1600
*CORSAIR 850TX
Western Digital 1TB 7200 RPM 6GB/s
GIGABYTE 460 FERMI 1GB 256 BIT
i7-950
ASUS RAMPAGE III LGA 1366 6GB/s
ASUS CD/DVD BURNER


-I know the 850TX is a little much, just want to make sure Im never short of power.

-I really want advice/ opinions on the CPU and mobo choice.

-I have been trying to decide going with i7 with 1156 or 1366 speed. I know oclking I can get 3+GHZ with i7-860 1156.

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October 6, 2010 3:28:01 AM

What's your budget? The 1156 socket will save you about $100-200 due to cheaper processor, motherboard, and RAM. I can't speak personally for the overclocking potential of each socket, though I know that Tom's has easily taken i5 750s to 4+ GHz.

Also, the Asus Sabertooth has been getting a lot of recommendations here lately.
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October 6, 2010 3:36:19 AM

Rig = Gaming
Right?

Get an i5 750/760 because the i7 1366 does not have any significant boost in games (1~3 FPS) Save urself some $$$

With the gtx 460 the highest you can go is two way SLI thus only 650W are needed. I would get an HX 750 (it's overpowered.. but that's good, 850 watts is just a little crazy..)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 7, 2010 10:40:52 PM

My budget is ~1500

I mean I will be gaming but the main use will be CAD and Math software. I know I need plenty of mem and a nice graphics card.

I am still un-easy with the motherboard. I have been looking at the following four mobos

ASUS RAMPAGE III GENE
ASUS SABERTOOTH X58
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3

I know ASUS has the 5 year warranty but the features lack
While gigabyte has 3 year but seems to have more features and easier to install.
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October 7, 2010 10:42:47 PM

Mr Pizza said:
Rig = Gaming
Right?

Get an i5 750/760 because the i7 1366 does not have any significant boost in games (1~3 FPS) Save urself some $$$

With the gtx 460 the highest you can go is two way SLI thus only 650W are needed. I would get an HX 750 (it's overpowered.. but that's good, 850 watts is just a little crazy..)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I figured the 750 would be plenty just wanted a second opinion. Do you think I can do pretty much anything I want with the 750 I can with the i7?

Do you suggest a better Graphics card? I don't want to building stuff in Solidworks and the rendering drop anymore.
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October 8, 2010 12:12:25 AM

What features do the ASUS motherboards lack?

If you are doing CAD and heavy math, the i7 probably makes more sense. If you are not going to throw more money into the graphics, you have no need for an x58 motherboard. An ASUS P7P55D-E and an i7 860 would probably be the best performance for you dollar. If you want to maybe add a second GTX 460 then get the P7P55D-E Pro.

For a pair of 460s, a good 650W should be sufficient but a 750 would not be a bad idea. Antec, Corsair, XfX and Seasonic all make good 750s so check pricing on each for the best deal when you buy.

You should also look at the HAF 912. You dont need that massive 932 unless you plan on putting in a more HDDs, etc.

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