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Old April 4, 2009, 04:59 PM
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But but but i7 is the way of the future! Since you got that ram for $60 which is the price of most good DDR2 kits id say by all means go with that i7 build, youd be paying almost the same price for a c2q build and youll have tons of processing power. Id go with a 4890 out of the 2 cards Geokilla mentioned apparently the GTX 275 isnt fairing so well for the price. As for GTX 285s go with either Evga or XFX, XFX has a double life time warrentee so if you decide to sell the card you can transfer the warrantee to the next guy =) If your going to be gaming at 24" resolutions then I would recommend a GTX285 but the 4890 would probubly do just fine as well and its selling for $269 right now =D
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Old April 4, 2009, 05:06 PM
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I think going core i7 would be a good call... it'll give you better upgrade options in the future when LGA 775, and DDR2 will be totally obsolete. Sure it costs a bit more, but new tech always does...
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Well it is the way of the future, but don't forget that the motherboard and CPU alone would cost at least $500, and that's if he could find some good deals. A Core 2 Quad would save him around $100? Not sure what the prices are nowadays. I just remember that the Q6600 went as low as $180, but then those got phased out by Intel.
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I had looked at the MSI GTX 285 just because it was relatively cheap but was still overclocked. I haven't heard too much on it. Anybody have any advice on it?
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Old April 4, 2009, 06:32 PM
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buy reference non overclocked versions and over clock it yourself, its extremely easy. Q6600s are going for about $250 right now, Q8200s $200 but both would get torn appart vs an i7. for anything c2q worthy of looking at over an i7 you have to goto a Q9450\Q9550 but the i7 920 has close to 40% performance gains over those CPUs and those gains are going to be apparent when the OP starts converting large amounts of video.

I still highly recomned you go with either EVGA or XFX or even BFG, they offer great warrantees. EVGA has their nice precision software that makes it pretty damn easy to overclock any of their cards, its seriously as easy as installing it and moving around a few sliders.
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I had looked at the Core 2 Quad processors, but their prices were within $50 of the i7 and I figured that for that much, I would just get the i7. Also, the prices for decent motherboards weren't that much cheaper than the good i7 motherboards. Also, do you think my power supply would support all of my components? The big things I want it to power are the Motherboard, the i7 920, and possibly a future gtx 285.
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Your power supply will easily handle that build you could even go with 2 GTX 285s with that PSU. The corsair PSUs are power houses.
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Thanks. Just wanted to double check on that.
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yes definetly consider 850w corsair could just handle 3 gtx 280 two gtx 285 will be a breeze remeber gtx 285 runs on alot less power then 280
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yes definetly consider 850w corsair could just handle 3 gtx 280
I would not consider runninig Tri Sli 280's with anything less than a 1kW PSU....
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