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New Build: i5-750 or i7-950 for sub $1000 build?

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December 12, 2010 7:34:29 PM

I can't decide which processor to go with. I'd like to have an upgrade path, but I don't have more than $1000. Multitasking is probably the most important thing. I was also considering http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... but I don't know what the consensus is on Cougar PSUs. Everyone tells me Corsair is the best.

For the most part, I plan to hook this up to a couple monitors and a 1080p TV. Mostly I'm using this for MS Office, Matlab, MathCAD, Mathematica, other engineering software, listening to music, maybe HTPC. Gaming would be nice, but I'd like to have full resolution when I'm playing. Probably an unreasonable request.

Is everything compatible with the builds I posted? Do I have to worry about driver issues with 5850/5870s? I keep seeing reviews that say a lot of games lock up on the 58XX series. Also, which operating system should I install? I can get both 32 bit and 64 bit Win 7 for free. And how future proof is each build?

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: $700-$1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking (lots of browser tabs), Matlab, Wordprocessing, and gaming
Parts Not Required: monitor and OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Microcenter
Country of Origin: US, Microcenter at disposal
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Willing to play at lower res

Build 1: i5-760
Total: $760.45

Core i5-760 $169.99+tax
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Massive Combo: $339.98
GIGABYTE GV-R587OC-1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770 $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock H55M-LE LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$64.99+$2.99 shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer $21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Build 2: i7-950
Total: $879.42

Massive Combo: $339.98
GIGABYTE GV-R587OC-1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer $21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor $199.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Sabertooth x58 combo $254.98
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

December 12, 2010 7:49:13 PM

For fresh builds, unless u could nab a HD 5870/5850 on the (dirt) cheap HD 6K is the way to go ^^
http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/wiki/ATI_Radeon_68...
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Conclusions

The Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 are both excellent cards, and offer an amazing price/performance ratio. In my testing, the Radeon HD 6870 offered approximately 95% of the performance of the Radeon HD 5870, for 64% of the price - all with lower heat, noise and power.

The Radeon HD 6850 performed offered approximately 85% of the performance of the Radeon HD 5870, for 48% of ther price. The HD 6850 vs. HD 5850 comparison held ot that of the 6870/5870 - 95% of the power for 64% of the price.


That said a suggestion

Items off Egg $429AR with addition of $20 DVDRW SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Items off MC $170 (965BE + MSI 785G-E53)
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

$599AR Total
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December 12, 2010 7:56:38 PM

So I'm basically not saving anything by getting the HDD for free from the 5870-PSU combo?
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