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Build for wife? 1156, x6, or x58

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February 6, 2011 11:17:22 PM

So trying to build a system for wife. Just built a x58 for myself but thought about upgrading my cpu to a 980x and building her a 950 system. Another option is keep my 950 system till the new 2011 come out and build myself a new system and build her either an x6 or a 1156 system not. What say you. Get a less expensive x58 mobo and build her the 950 system and upgrade mine to 980x or build a other system. I like the idea of the ability to run sli and crossfire so that would pretty much eliminate the x6.

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February 7, 2011 2:18:14 AM

What are you using it for?
If your gaming theres absolutely no reason to upgrade your current system right now, maybe look into a gpu upgrade but thats about it.
February 7, 2011 3:49:30 AM

bavman said:
What are you using it for?
If your gaming theres absolutely no reason to upgrade your current system right now, maybe look into a gpu upgrade but thats about it.


Its for my wife not for me. She will do a bit of gaming like civ 5 and such but no fps. I need to update my system specs as they are not current.
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February 7, 2011 4:26:25 AM

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February 7, 2011 7:11:50 AM

I guess I should have said what parts we are going with thus far. Really wanted advice on whether I should go 1366 with her, 1155 when it comes out or 1166 now or x6. if we go p67 then it will be the gigabyte ud7 board. But here are the current specs she has decided on

Silverstone raven rv01bw
2 wd black 2tb
lite on 12x blue ray burner
green illum of sorts
win 7 home 64
g19 keyboard

I am not sure about the vid card as of yet. I was looking at a 570 or a 6970 or even 2 6850's or maybe even go 2 570 or 2 6970. Depends on how long we think she will use it and what else. We are also looking at doing some cad work and house design with it. Cant decide on monitor size either. I have a 27" and not sure if she needs that or a 24 or if i should give her my 27 and buy 3 30" for eyefinity. I guess I answered my own question about x6 or 1156 as I want to be able to run crossfire or sli. Price is not much an of an issue but I would like to keep it under 4k.
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February 7, 2011 8:36:36 AM

Hello chef7734;
With that kind of budget you're in a pretty good position.
What's the impact of waiting till mid-April for the new build?
Gives you the option use the new Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K w/ P67 motherboard.
a c 203 à CPUs
February 7, 2011 8:42:30 AM

What is your wife working with now?
You could surprise her with a new 23"/24" monitor and any other new peripherals you'd want for the new build. Break them in while waiting for the Sandy Bridge goodies.
February 7, 2011 8:51:22 AM

Yes, wait for sandy bridge...its worth it.
February 7, 2011 9:13:56 AM

We might be able to wait. She is using a pos laptop that strugles to surf the internet.I should be building my system today so if needed she can use mine.
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February 7, 2011 9:19:14 AM

So a new desktop is a higher priority than a new laptop?

What's your budget for your wife's new computer? Would she be OK with a decent laptop that could do a bit of gaming too?
February 7, 2011 9:25:18 AM

WR2 said:
So a new desktop is a higher priority than a new laptop?

What's your budget for your wife's new computer? Would she be OK with a decent laptop that could do a bit of gaming too?

She says she wants a desktop. When she goes back to school she will want a notebook , but that is a while off.
February 7, 2011 10:22:55 AM

I would definitely go with a gaming laptop at 1000$ since she is going to need it later. Why wasting money and buying a desktop and a laptop when you can get a laptop at a decent price that can actually play games.

MSI got good laptops. If you go with Asus and the G73 series, avoid ATI graphic cards... not that ATI messed up, but Asus did.

IMO, I will ditch Asus and go with MSI after my horrible experience with my G73JH-A1 purchase.
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February 7, 2011 11:06:34 AM

980x pricing borders on being simply rediculous....

$1000 for 2-3% improvement over $300 cpu...maybe.
February 7, 2011 12:00:40 PM

mdd1963 said:
980x pricing borders on being simply rediculous....

$1000 for 2-3% improvement over $300 cpu...maybe.

+1 Only reason people buy one is to win a "My dick is bigger than your's" competition.
February 8, 2011 5:30:49 AM

Well current situation is we think we will get a notebook for her that she can game on and I might upgrade to 2011 or sandy later. She wants both notebook and desktop. Man that woman changes her mind more than anyone I have ever known.
February 8, 2011 5:50:40 AM

chef7734 said:
Well current situation is we think we will get a notebook for her that she can game on and I might upgrade to 2011 or sandy later. She wants both notebook and desktop. Man that woman changes her mind more than anyone I have ever known.

I have to agree with her on the netbook and gaming desktop. Makes sense imo. My wife just got a new Toshiba netbook and after playing with it I'm fixing to get one.

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February 8, 2011 9:41:49 AM

And Ivy Bridge will be available next year. Early word is they will work in a Sandy Bridge motherboard with a BIOS update.

The ladies aren't the only ones changing directions. We see it often enough around here to not be surprised. And yeah, having a decent notebook for road trips or a browsing session on the patio (or the couch) is very handy.

A visit over at the THG Laptops & Notebook forum might be useful.
February 16, 2011 3:29:47 AM

What we have decided is to build a for gaming and get her a cheap laptop for school. We will wait for the desktop till sandy comes out as I have decided on the mobo and cpu. Going with the gigabyte ud5 or ud7 and 2600K for the cpu. When 2011 comes out I will upgrade my system to 8 core system and skip the hex all together. Probably go with corsair memory for her system and a few 2tb hd's as we want room to store movies and lots of music. Case will be the raven rv01 but not sure what vid cards as of yet.
February 16, 2011 3:49:00 AM

Out of curiosity What do you use your system for? Do you do video editing/encoding, CAD, etc.?or do you just like having top of the line systems? All are fine I am just curious.

If you dont do some of these things you really dont need an 8x system. I mean there are hardly any applications that fully utilize hexa core systems yet. Hence why AMD's 1100t struggles competing with intels models.

If I had the money on hand (darn you college tuition) I would buy myself 2 beautiful gtx 580s and sli them or get that quadro gpu my system desperately needs. Thats just my opinion though grain of salt theory can be applied.

Last I would suggest setting up a home server RAID system if you are worried about storage. You could even hook up things like your tv to it and play movies that way or music through an entertainment system. It would basically be a cloud for your home with, well, endless memory (if you kept upgrading) Well I am gonna stop rambling now sorry..
February 16, 2011 4:02:37 AM

preolt said:
Out of curiosity What do you use your system for? Do you do video editing/encoding, CAD, etc.?or do you just like having top of the line systems? All are fine I am just curious.

If you dont do some of these things you really dont need an 8x system. I mean there are hardly any applications that fully utilize hexa core systems yet. Hence why AMD's 1100t struggles competing with intels models.

If I had the money on hand (darn you college tuition) I would buy myself 2 beautiful gtx 580s and sli them or get that quadro gpu my system desperately needs. Thats just my opinion though grain of salt theory can be applied.

Last I would suggest setting up a home server RAID system if you are worried about storage. You could even hook up things like your tv to it and play movies that way or music through an entertainment system. It would basically be a cloud for your home with, well, endless memory (if you kept upgrading) Well I am gonna stop rambling now sorry..


I do all of the above as well as gaming on my system, plus I want a better system than she will have. Lol just call it pride in my equipment that I should out perform her system.
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February 16, 2011 4:33:11 AM

Did you let her pick out the laptop?
February 16, 2011 5:36:16 AM

Yes she will be able to pick out the notebook. She just wants something that looks nice, so pretty easy to me to save money on that. Thinking of asus as far as notebooks.
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