What to go with my new i7 860?

hello i have just won a i7 860 for £110! :) need to keep it small so thinking:

Silverstone Fortress FT03B, Black, Micro-ATX Aluminum Mini Tower Case w/o PSU

sorry i mean what mini axt board


now do i need 32 way ram


or 3 way ram (if so low volts?)


and 2 6870 :P

what you think?
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  1. get 1600MHz DDR3 at 1.65V, Triple channel.

    26870's would be excellent
  2. You "WON" a i7-860 for $176.........how exactly is that winning????

    Sounds like someone robbed you if you ask me.

    You could "WIN" a much better processor at the store for $176.

    You need a dual channel ram kit. I would get 1.5v so you can possibly use it on a future upgrade (Ivy Bridge?)
  3. geekapproved said:
    You "WON" a i7-860 for $176.........how exactly is that winning????

    Sounds like someone robbed you if you ask me.

    You could "WIN" a much better processor at the store for $176.

    You need a dual channel ram kit. I would get 1.5v so you can possibly use it on a future upgrade (Ivy Bridge?)


    you think it would be best if..... my money went missing and see if i could miss out?
  4. Well considering a i5-2500k for $209 that would absolutely destroy it could be "won". lol

    Not to mention the motherboard for a i5-2500K would also be upgradeable to Ivy Bridge next year. A p55 wouldn't be upgradeable at all.
  5. true, i was planing on keeping to a low price :S

    then overclocking the living hell out of it with ASUS Maximus III GENE - Intel P55 Express - Socket 1156

    and over clocking 6870s cf with OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Series Semi-Modular PSU
  6. As pointed out an 1156 mobo utilizes DDR3 dual channel ram.
  7. 1155 and 1156 utilize dual channel ram.

    I think you would be better off getting a i5-2500K and a inexpensive P67 or Z68 and overclocking the crap out of it.

    Like I said, a s1156 motherboard would not be upgradeable down the road either.

    I still fail to understand how you "WON" a cpu for $176. $176 would be MORE than full price if you were to buy it, which you can't because it's discontinued.
  8. not for uk..... the best new is £200....
  9. So your saying a i5-2500K is $215 in the USA and $320 in UK??
  10. i5 2500k from a good name store £168....


    dont ask uk is small and odd......


    just to add thats with post
  11. It doesn't matter if the store is well known... it is the same hardware. The only thing that matters is if they don't ever ship it to you...
  12. Quote:
    I am british too pal.
    Scan are very good and ship to all parts of the UK.
    So whats the problem?
    I also advise you not to get the i7 860 as it is garbage now since the 2500k is beating i7 980x in gaming....



    true but i was going to get this. have the 6870s and may be move to the newest i7-i5 when needs be, as i would just give the rig without ssds and 68770 to them... so win win as soon as they kill of the old amd i can make the same just with the i5 2500k (or what ever will be out) :P
  13. still think ok idea as i5 2500k seems a bit ott to me. the £50 more for one..... + good motherboard.
  14. robin banks uk said:
    still think ok idea as i5 2500k seems a bit ott to me. the £50 more for one..... + good motherboard.


    Ok for the i7-860 you'll need a P55 with 2 pci-e X16 (8x/8x) slots in atx or micro-atx. They are getting hard to find because P55 is discontinued, and you'll pay more for one than you would a new Z68 in s1155. Which comes back to the point of the i5-2500K I suggested.

    If you want to save a few bucks get a i5-2400
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2400-s1155-sdy-bridge-quad-31ghz-hd2000-igp-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-retail

    Get this board for it
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z68xp-ud3-intel-z68-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-raid-sata-pcie-20-%28x16%29-vga-on-board-atx

    Even without hyperthreading it's still faster than a i7-860 in nearly every benchmark, and you'll have a board that's upgradeable to Ivy Bridge cpu's that come out next year.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/363?vs=108
  15. I changed the motherboard, sorry, that one was 16x/4x
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