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Old December 26, 2009, 07:02 PM
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I am in the process of building a new pc. I used to be a hardware guy but when gaming took over the market...I got lost in the loop.

I am looking for a PC I can start moderate gaming again. I can use some advise as to what I should buy with a budget of $1000.00. No HDD and No monitor.
What GPU should I get? Someone offered me a GTX280 video card , Gigabyte P55-UD6, i7 860 oc @4.0 and 4 gig of ram. They person seems to be a very knowledgeable person and trust his opinion. I just want to get a second opinion if I should go with the i7 860 or i7 920 route.

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Old December 26, 2009, 07:07 PM
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Are they offering that bundle you said for 1000$? If that is so i wouldnt go that route since you are probably over paying for it. If you were a hardware guy it means you can custom build and should go via buying all the parts yourself. If you want to go with the higher end socket, i would go i7 920 since its 1366, it'll allow you to eventually upgrade to higher end chips rather then locking you into the next generation of quad cores (the i7 860 or the 1156 socket boards)
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I agree with everything Arinoth says with 2 caveats.
1 is how long you plan to keep your new CPU without upgrading, as if you don't plan on upgrading, the point about the 1366 socket becomes less important (still true though).
2 is that you can save money with the 1156 socket for the 860 and save some on ram too.
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Old December 26, 2009, 09:04 PM
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Actually, the price of the parts I mentioned is about $750.00.

I currently have a p4 2.8ghz. And gas that pc for about 5 years.
I would like to have the choice to upgrade eventually, but not for couple of years.

Is it safe to say that the i7 860 is in the same price range as the i7 920?
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i7 860 cpu is a few $$ more than i7 920 (not DO) cpu. But I believe i7 860 uses less power and there's way more affordable boards. Good choice either way.
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Old December 27, 2009, 11:02 AM
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monstersound has a good point though. If I want to upgrade in the future, I can't do it with the i7 860.
I am not a serious gamer, I would like to play a few games but I use my XBOX360 mainly for games.
I want a fast computer with the ability to play games.
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The way I see it, x58 is for 'extreme' rigs with gpu scaling on mobo level, while p55 is more mainstream. I'd suggest you go the p55 route. If you need HT, go with the 860, otherwise save 100 and go with the 750. As mentionned, the hexacore sandy bridge and maybe even haswell will be released for lga1366 from what I've read, but I'm guessing they'll be over-priced like when q66 was released, maybe lga1156 hexacores will also be available later on at a lower price.
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The way I see it, x58 is for 'extreme' rigs with gpu scaling on mobo level, while p55 is more mainstream. I'd suggest you go the p55 route. If you need HT, go with the 860, otherwise save 100 and go with the 750. As mentionned, the hexacore sandy bridge and maybe even haswell will be released for lga1366 from what I've read, but I'm guessing they'll be over-priced like when q66 was released, maybe lga1156 hexacores will also be available later on at a lower price.
But from what I priced, the i7 920 setup seems to be, pretty much the same price.
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well if you have a rebuttal for every 1156 argument, why are you even asking

sounds like you have your mind set on 1366 so go with it
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well if you have a rebuttal for every 1156 argument, why are you even asking

sounds like you have your mind set on 1366 so go with it
I have been around computers a very long time. I find that the selection now is endless compared to 15 years ago. And very hard to decide.

If anyone is able to price out both systems, that would be a great help. Meaning, if someone sells computer components and can make me a deal.

Thanks for everyones help. I really appreciate it.
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