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Old March 3, 2010, 12:49 AM
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Default Help! i7 860 combo vs i7 920 combo

Im deciding on the following, if their the same price (USED) which one would be better:

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Old March 3, 2010, 01:14 AM
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If they are the same price, I'd go for the ex58-ud3r / 920 combo (and DO stepping no less).
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Don't know if this counts but what if the i7 860 6months newer and comes with original accessories/packaging where as the i7 920 comes with nothing?
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Don't know if this counts but what if the i7 860 6months newer and comes with original accessories/packaging where as the i7 920 comes with nothing?
Not even the IO plate?
I'd still get the 920 combo. The cables etc. can be purchased cheaply. With the X58, tri-channel bandwidth, 1366 socket (greater future compatibility) and with a nice DO chip, that's easily my preference (and I have a decent i7 860).
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Damn, if i take the i7 920 setup, it would save me tons of time finding parts. As these are two systems that my friends own that im looking at:
1) Comes with a gtx295 co-op, 4gb ram CL9 ram 1600mhz, better case, antec 650w modular psu and a great heatsink. Plus will save me gas and time, will get g15/g7/gaming mousepad from him for a total of $80. Also, all parts come with original packaging and etc. Costs $375 more than the system below, but this includes a free unactivated genuine copy of windows vista.
2) Comes with no video card, 6gb of CL8 ram 1600mhz and tx750w and a worse case. Comes with 2 boxes, have to find other parts later on.

I'm not planning to keep the gtx295 anyways, going to sell it probably in 2 weeks or so.
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You can always buy Option 1 and unload the card and basically break even. I do like the RAM and PSU in the second option though. Anyway you can eliminate the fresh copy of Vista from Option 1 to save further money, cause why on earth would you want Vista???
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You can always buy Option 1 and unload the card and basically break even. I do like the RAM and PSU in the second option though. Anyway you can eliminate the fresh copy of Vista from Option 1 to save further money, cause why on earth would you want Vista???
Yeah, that is exactly what i am thinking.

But it really comes down to this:
For the same price, i7 860 will save me time + gas price + new car mileage V.S. i7 920 will be future proof.
And i would be saving around $30 on the mouse/keyboard/mousepad if i take the i7 860 combo.
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The i7 860 is by no means a slouch.Aside from triple channel ddr there isnt much of a difference otherwise in terms of perfomance no? From all of my benchmarking @ 4ghz my benches seem to right on part with i7 9xx chips at the same freqeuncies. Personally for futureproofing I would wait and see what the Hydra chipset has to offer (providing they put them on intel boards) and boards more readily geared for 6,8,and 12 core chips nativly vs bios flash.

I was going to go with an i7 and x58 board myself, but couldnt justify paying the extra money when I was getting the same performance with a gpu hit.(if i crossfired or sli'd).
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......Personally for futureproofing I would wait and see what the Hydra chipset has to offer (providing they put them on intel boards) and boards more readily geared for 6,8,and 12 core chips nativly vs bios flash.
I willnot expect too much from the Hydra. look at the NF200 chips off Nvidia.. a flop. native x58 run game faster at x8 x8 than a NF200 at x16 x16
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um form what i can tell anything over 4 cores is going to be socket 1366 not 1156. and after pricing them out new from ncix the 920 1366 setups are cheaper. so i say the 920 1366. and yes this is with a good Board in both builds with 6 gigs. jm2cents
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