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Vindictive: How'd I do?

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December 2, 2010 5:07:01 PM

I decided to go ahead and not get SB because its my first build and I wanted something that has been out for a while and I can lookup problems etc.. and will suffice for gaming with no problem. Most of it has been ordered so I just wanted to see how you think I did, I don't need full systems laid out for me. Thanks

The prices are what I paid at the time

Intel Core i5-760 2.8Ghz Lga 1156 - $209 (waiting for price to go down right before X-mas/SB

ASRock P55 Extreme 4 - $148 [Bought (2nd choice, but it'll do i believe)

Cooler Master Storm Scout - $60 [Bought]

Gigabyte Super Overclock Series GTX 470 - $307 [Bought] Could've went with 6870, but I thought I was going with 3d vision, but didnt.

G.Skill Ripjaw 8GB(2x4GB) DDR3 1333 C9 - $90 [Bought]

Antec TruePower 750W - $80 [Bought]

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB - $50 [Bought]

OCZ Vertex 2 90GB 2.5" SSD - $187 [Bought]

Scythe Mugen-2 Rev. B - $40 [Bought

ASUS 24x DVD burner/reader - $18 [Bought]

Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition - $85 [Bought]

Dell SP2309W 23" up to 2048x1152 4xUSB /w Webcam & Mic - $230 ($70 student discount)

+$8 for Shin-Etsu TIM [Bought]

+ Free Mafia 2 Game with GPU [Added]

= $1512 with shipping

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December 2, 2010 6:26:54 PM

Hi,

All i need to say is: I wish this built would be mine !!!!!
December 2, 2010 6:43:57 PM

^you might get the BA haha. I got some really good deals on BF-CM, like the PSU I think was the best deal.
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December 2, 2010 6:51:32 PM

^I saw that, but the fact that it says "upgrade" on the box and somewhere in the requirements that I must be updating from Win Xp or vista had me confused because I'm running win XP on my laptop but not UPGRADING from Win XP. I tried e-mailing them but the guy that replied to me was completely useless in actually answering my question.
December 3, 2010 1:23:32 AM

>.<

Student edition has always been the upgrade edition since the $30 offer at launch.


Upgrade actually works fine for a new PC. The code they give you won't work if you try to enter during install, bu if you install w/o entering a license, then enter after installation it works fine.

Don't ask...
December 3, 2010 2:31:58 AM

Ah.. Well already bought w7 home. But oh well I guess. The customer service guy I was e-mailing with was unintelligent lol.
Thanks tho. Every thing else looks good?
December 3, 2010 4:02:09 AM

I'm not a fan of the Storm Scout, but I just think it looks ugly. I prefer my generic black box (Antec 300 Illusion).

December 3, 2010 4:12:03 AM

Looks good.
Also, My FIRST suggestion is to wait for Intel Sandy Bridge, Jan 5th :p 
December 3, 2010 11:20:12 AM

^hahahah. I was gettin worried cuz it looked like the supply of p55 mobos was going down. Newegg only had 4 with sata 3.and allot of open boxes.
December 3, 2010 2:59:35 PM

Yeah, they don't have the P7P55D-E Pro at newegg anymore.
December 3, 2010 5:05:33 PM

^aka why next to my mobo up there it says "2nd choice" that was enough to scare me into buying a mobo real quick lmao.
I've heard good and bad about my mobo, 1 site rated it really bad, bit-tech. Tweaktown rated it good, Tom did a review thing of the Front USB 3.0 adapter thing and it did good for p55.
I'd like to know if anyone has any opinions on the mobo.

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December 4, 2010 2:35:09 AM
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It's kind of a no brainer to go with a Xeon X3440... it works fine on that board and it has hyper-threading.. so 8 threads. More people need to realize this!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 4, 2010 2:06:41 PM

^interesting.. Why is that never recommended on gaming builds around here then? Does the i5 OC better?
December 4, 2010 2:10:39 PM

Good info for anyone else wondering, I've never even heard about this till now. I was always looking at i5 vs i7 http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/779902-intel-xeon-x...

"Just keep in mind that it's higher binned than the other i7 and i5 chips that equal it, allowing for higher stress temps"
"Designed to withstand tremendous heat as the threshold of this cpu is 99*C"
December 4, 2010 4:45:51 PM

Xeon really depends on builds usage. For gaming there is no benefit to the extra cores (hyper threading actually worsens performance slightly) and for $25 more and a lower clocked CPU, it's really not worth it in gaming.

Both CPU's can OC to 3.6ghz without issue, and you really don't need more than that for any game out, unless you're using 3 or more GPU's.

Remember, the main bottleneck in gaming is GPU not CPU.
December 4, 2010 5:36:01 PM

Yessir.
I intend to OC whichever I go with to 3.6. with the xeon it'd be 190x19 ram at 1330mhz. With i5 760 it'd be 170x21 ram at 1360mhz
I realise the extra cores might not help much with gaming, but I will be converting allot of movies from VOB to AVI, which is where the extra cores would come in right?
I'd really love it if I could convert these movies while gaming on top of it!
December 5, 2010 7:46:19 AM

vindictive said:
Yessir.
I intend to OC whichever I go with to 3.6. with the xeon it'd be 190x19 ram at 1330mhz. With i5 760 it'd be 170x21 ram at 1360mhz
I realise the extra cores might not help much with gaming, but I will be converting allot of movies from VOB to AVI, which is where the extra cores would come in right?
I'd really love it if I could convert these movies while gaming on top of it!


Things like that would only really work if you were doing them on seperate hard drives. HDDs cause much greater bottlenecks in multitasking than CPUs. When I'm doing something hard drive intensive and try to game on top of it load times take forever(and this is with 2 caviar blacks in raid0).
December 5, 2010 3:21:24 PM

Well the game would be on SSD and the movies on HDD?
December 5, 2010 4:26:42 PM

Looks good you should let me know how it goes together!
December 5, 2010 6:22:26 PM

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December 5, 2010 6:22:55 PM

^will do. I'll come back with pics to. Prob will be finished around Jan 1st.
December 5, 2010 8:36:56 PM

Thanks.
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