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Gaming Rig ~1500$

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November 4, 2010 10:20:49 PM

Hello,

I'm planning on getting this as a Gaming Rig, i would be pleased to hear your options and suggestions for it, i don't have much time right now to review everything on detail, but i have read to get a i5, but prefer the newer i7 as it is more future proof and its not easy for me to replace systems that often.

If there is a better replacement part or something that might be outdated or not fully compatible i would love to hear it, parts not showing are not needed, like HDD or Monitor, and have anyone used that case? seems good but haven't checked reviews on it.

Also i can't use Newegg my credit card always get rejected for some or other reason.. would prefer amazon or something likewise.

Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 Series Modular 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply RS850-AMBAJ3-US - Cooler Master USA, Inc.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RWJGC2

OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD22VTXE60G
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003NE5JCE

6GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 PI Series CL7 (7-8-7-24) Triple Channel kit
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046HNVO0

Antec Full-Featured Mid-Tower Chassis DF-35 (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003M8I1RQ

Gigabyte LGA1366 SATA3 ATI CrossFireX ATX Motherboard GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034CSTFY

2x XFX Radeon HD 6870 1 GB DDR5 Graphics Card HD687AZNFC
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047ZH7GE

Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366 Desktop Processor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002A6G3V2

thanks again for your time and help,

sincerely.

DZ

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November 4, 2010 10:56:20 PM

Why would an i7 be more futureproof when it's already slower in games?

That said, since you're crossfiring it'll perform comparably with an i5 system running x8/x8 in throughput heavy games.
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November 5, 2010 12:06:46 AM

because it can handle more threads, and developers are using that more and more, also remember benchmarks are based on virgin OS installs, and since extra applications are always installed in the background, the extra processing capabilities are useful i think. triple channel also adds up a bit. i might be wrong, but i guess i like it 7 more than 5 hahaha.. thanks anyways
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November 5, 2010 12:34:47 AM

Unless games change drastically in the number of threads they require without becoming more efficiently coded in regards to memory access (unlikely), then hyperthreading isn't going to ever become a positive factor for game performance.

As for multitasking while in game, I'll direct you to these two benchmarks to show that, when fully loaded, an i5 and i7 at the same clockspeed have the same performance. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/01/04/intel-... (you'll have to adjust for clockspeed differences) http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-co... Hyperthreading works by keeping a CPU more fully utilized when a poorly written thread stalls for memory by allowing a non-starved thread to execute.

That said, have you considered a P55 i7? Avoids the cost of X58 while still giving you the gaming performance/overclockability/turbos of the P55 i5s.
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