I am looking to build the following system and wanted to know your thoughts:
CPU: Intel i7-950 Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Ram: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D GPU: 2x XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity Case: Coolermaster Haf x PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply HDD: Boot - Micro Center 64GB SATA II 3.0Gb/s 2.5" G2 Series Solid State Drive (SSD) With SandForce 1222 Controller. I have a 750 GB drive I will use for data and an external 750 GB HDD. Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler
I have the rest I will be re-using. I will sell my old system which should get me about 500ish so the total for this build will be a bit under 1k (depending on sales etc.)
My other option was going for a X6 1090 build with 8gb ripjaws and a rampage mobo, but it will end up being a similar price since I have Micro Center near by. Thanks!
The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
I would suggest TS read up on Moore's Law particularly on the rate hardware/tech becomes obsolete and for the best gains *now* hit a fairly beefy GPU set up ^^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law
A negative implication of Moore's Law is obsolescence, that is, as technologies continue to rapidly "improve", these improvements can be significant enough to rapidly obsolete predecessor technologies. In situations in which security and survivability of hardware and/or data are paramount, or in which resources are limited, rapid obsolescence can pose obstacles to smooth or continued operations
The reason behind the i7-950 is that I can get it for $199 @ MC. That is why I would like to build my new rig around it. My biggest issue is the graphics cards. Should I go 6870's in crossfire, 460's in SLI or wait for the 6970?
Just bought the Corsair HX850 For $140 after rebate on Newegg. It was normally $169 - $20 promotional code - $20 MIR. . I figure I can get the PS, case etc and wait till Jan. for Sandybridge. Question is, will it be much faster than the core i7-950?
the new i5's are coming out first, and the i5 2400 was placing up there with the i7 980x. BUT it had HyperThreading enabled, which isn't actually offered till the 2600k I believe which will be $5-- something I think. I think the spot for gamers will be the i5 2500k $218