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Advice required - 880 Rig or 970?

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November 7, 2010 7:06:45 AM

Good morning everyone,


I'm posting as I would really like to hear peoples opinions about 2 specs I am considering.


It's probably a good idea to tell you exactly what I'll be using the system for, so...

The main use will be for web design, writing music, multi-tasking and WoW/SC2.

I will not be planning to add a second graphic card (or overclocking) in the future but maybe an EMU soundcard.


I'd really like a system which will last me for a couple of years. I've always used Macs and find myself having to upgrade it every year.

I do not have a massive knowledge of PC parts but have been reading up comparing all the bits and pieces through Tom's and a couple of other sites in the past few days. It's now time to get opinions of people who not much more than I.

Here are the specs I've been considering.

PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7-880 Quad Core (3.06GHz, 8MB Cache) + Turbo Boost
Motherboard ASUS® P7P55D-E: USB 3.0, SATA 6.0GB/s, CrossFireX™ SUPPORT
Memory (RAM) 16GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (4 X 4GB)
Graphics Card 1GB ATI RADEON™ HD 6870 PCI EXPRESS - DirectX® 11
1st Hard Disk 120GB OCZ VERTEX 2 SATA II 2.5" SSD (upto 285MB/sR | 275MB/sW)
2nd Hard Disk 120GB OCZ VERTEX 2 SATA II 2.5" SSD (upto 285MB/sR | 275MB/sW)
3rd Hard Disk 640GB WD CAVIAR GREEN WD6400AARS, SATA 3 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Power Supply & Case Cooling CORSAIR 750W PSU (TX750) 80+ ULTRA QUIET
Processor Cooling INTEL SOCKET LGA1156 STANDARD CPU COOLER
Sound Card ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities WIRELESS N PCI CARD & WIRELESS N ADSL2+ MODEM ROUTER
USB Options 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD

or

PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7 Six Core Processor i7-970 (3.20GHz) 6.4GTs/12MB Cache
Motherboard ASUS® P6T WS PROFESSIONAL: NEW ERA CORE i7 WORKSTATION
Memory (RAM) 12GB SAMSUNG DDR3 TRI-DDR3 1333MHz (3 x 4GB)
Graphics Card 1GB ATI RADEON™ HD 6870 PCI EXPRESS - DirectX® 11
1st Hard Disk 120GB OCZ VERTEX 2 SATA II 2.5" SSD (upto 285MB/sR | 275MB/sW)
2nd Hard Disk 640GB WD CAVIAR GREEN WD6400AARS, SATA 3 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Power Supply & Case Cooling CORSAIR 650W PSU (TX650) 80+ ULTRA QUIET
Processor Cooling INTEL SOCKET LGA1366 STANDARD CPU COOLER
Sound Card ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities WIRELESS N PCI CARD & WIRELESS N ADSL2+ MODEM ROUTER
USB Options 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD


I'm sort of veering towards the 880 spec at this stage.

Would the 970 be overkill for what I'm doing? Or much better than the 880?

I simply want the best I can afford (which is around £1750) and not something that will flex my E-peen :) 


Any opinions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time for reading my ultra long post.
November 7, 2010 8:12:51 AM

Are you building this one yourself? Or are these some builds that you saw online?

Personally I'd go for the 880 one out of those two, but I'd definitely change a few thing if I were building it...
November 7, 2010 8:17:03 AM

jasonw223 said:
Are you building this one yourself? Or are these some builds that you saw online?

Personally I'd go for the 880 one out of those two, but I'd definitely change a few thing if I were building it...


Hi Jason,


Thanks for your reply.


No I'm not building myself. I'll be having a company make it for me.


What would you change about the build?

If the 970 build could be exactly the same as the 880 build - apart from the MOBO of course - would you still go for the 880?


Thanks again for your reply.



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November 7, 2010 8:50:23 AM

Wow you could launch the Space Shuttle with those configurations. The i5 Lynnfield with 4 GB RAM is all you need to do what you are proposing. I have found in terms of real world computing the i5 is sitting in the sweet spot as far as bang for buck goes. Use the money you will save to get an awesome case, PSU, and good HDD's or SSD if you must. That way you can toss in a new board etc in a couple of years when software catches up.
November 7, 2010 9:06:22 AM

880 build amendments,

Only one ssd for the O/s,
get a 1Tb hdd or two instead of the other ssd and the caviar green
8Gb ram, not 16Gb
Ditch the wireless card (unless you really cant hardwire it up)
Consider a better cooler than the stock job
and put yourself on win7 64bit if you hadn't planned to anyway :) 

You would be better off building it yourself tbh (but I appreciate that may not be an option),
but enjoy the new rig whatever you decide to do man,
Moto
November 7, 2010 4:56:11 PM

The i7 970 is awesome in benchmarks, but won't actually give you much more performance in games. I'd suggest going the i7 870/880, dropping your memory to 4 or 8gb, and cutting out the extra hard drives, just like Moto suggested. If you wanted the 1366 socket build, I'd cut out the same things, but drop down to an i7 950, which should give you similar performance, yet save you quite a bit of money.

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