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What to go with my new i7 860?

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October 31, 2011 4:42:25 PM

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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October 31, 2011 4:44:51 PM

get 1600MHz DDR3 at 1.65V, Triple channel.

26870's would be excellent
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October 31, 2011 5:03:09 PM

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?)
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October 31, 2011 10:07:33 PM

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?
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November 1, 2011 12:20:24 AM

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.
November 1, 2011 12:07:12 PM

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

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November 1, 2011 12:10:55 PM

As pointed out an 1156 mobo utilizes DDR3 dual channel ram.
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November 1, 2011 3:23:13 PM

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.
November 1, 2011 6:45:42 PM

not for uk..... the best new is £200....
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November 1, 2011 7:08:31 PM

So your saying a i5-2500K is $215 in the USA and $320 in UK??

November 1, 2011 7:12:50 PM

i5 2500k from a good name store £168....


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


just to add thats with post
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November 1, 2011 7:34:22 PM

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...
November 1, 2011 7:57:05 PM

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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 
November 1, 2011 8:32:18 PM

still think ok idea as i5 2500k seems a bit ott to me. the £50 more for one..... + good motherboard.
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November 1, 2011 11:25:47 PM

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...

Get this board for it
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z68xp-ud3-in...

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
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November 1, 2011 11:42:23 PM

I changed the motherboard, sorry, that one was 16x/4x
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