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Old December 27, 2009, 11:05 PM
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I don't know. I can't make my mind up...build a new server, or begin my PC upgrade and rotate hardware around...

What do you guys think of the following:
  • i7 920 (no idea if it would be D0 or not, does it matter that much?)
  • 3x2GB Mushkin Redline Ascents DDR3-1600 (6-7-6-18)
  • EVGA X58 SLI LE (or ASUS P6T? Needs to be black PCB)
Comes to $885 with taxes and shipping on motherboard. CPU and RAM I'd grab from Canada Computers, if they have them. I'd run stock cooling until I decided upon a waterblock to buy.

Sure it's not my 6-core dream, but it's not something I really have a use for either. 4 cores with HT is plenty. And assuming rumours are correct, I could drop in a 32nm CPU later on anyways.
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Old December 28, 2009, 06:33 AM
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I don't know. I can't make my mind up...build a new server, or begin my PC upgrade and rotate hardware around...

What do you guys think of the following:
  • i7 920 (no idea if it would be D0 or not, does it matter that much?)
  • 3x2GB Mushkin Redline Ascents DDR3-1600 (6-7-6-18)
  • EVGA X58 SLI LE (or ASUS P6T? Needs to be black PCB)
Comes to $885 with taxes and shipping on motherboard. CPU and RAM I'd grab from Canada Computers, if they have them. I'd run stock cooling until I decided upon a waterblock to buy.

Sure it's not my 6-core dream, but it's not something I really have a use for either. 4 cores with HT is plenty. And assuming rumours are correct, I could drop in a 32nm CPU later on anyways.
Looks good. I'd take the EVGA over the P6T personally. Also, if you're looking for a waterblock, the Swiftech Apogee GTZ or XT are great choices.
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I don't know. I can't make my mind up...build a new server, or begin my PC upgrade and rotate hardware around...

What do you guys think of the following:
  • i7 920 (no idea if it would be D0 or not, does it matter that much?)
  • 3x2GB Mushkin Redline Ascents DDR3-1600 (6-7-6-18)
  • EVGA X58 SLI LE (or ASUS P6T? Needs to be black PCB)
I think it is hard NOT to get a DO now, the ram and mobo look good. I am thinking of building another I7 and I am pretty sure I will go with an EVGA mobo.
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Old December 28, 2009, 09:54 AM
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[/list]I think it is hard NOT to get a DO now, the ram and mobo look good. I am thinking of building another I7 and I am pretty sure I will go with an EVGA mobo.
Figured as much, but NCIX still has separate SKU for D0s.

Other RAM considerations:
PC3-12800 7-9-7-24 Blackline
PC3-12800 7-8-7-20 Blackline

And the ASUS P6TD as the alternate motherboard. Kind of like the layout a bit better (namely having the PCIE x4 slot first for my Xonar DX), and it has 16/16 Crossfire/SLI should I ever do so.
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Their special 30$ premium is for a guaranteed D0. I bought one of their "non-DO guaranteed" 920s and got a D0 anyways.
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Well not relying on Canada Computers' "1" in-stock status for the Redlines, I think I've narrowed it to these two options:

i7 920, ASUS P6TD Deluxe, Mushkin Blackline 6GB DDR3-1600 CL7-9-7-24 - $869
i7 920, EVGA X58 SLI LE, Mushkin Blackline 6GB DDR3-1600 CL7-9-7-24 - $814

Can't quite decide upon the motherboard. ASUS one is more mid-high end where as the EVGA is like value-class, but still has a fair amount of features.

ASUS has 12-phase, EVGA only 6-phase, ASUS has better cooling IMO, ASUS has better layout for my use, ASUS has 16/16 lanes for SLI/Crossfire. EVGA probably has better support though, but BIOS wise, neither board has had any updates since November. And the EVGA looks "cooler" but that's not totally top-priority.

So feature wise, it's weighted towards ASUS, but is it worth the extra $55? Not really many reviews on the P6TD either (which is revision 3 of the P6T basically), but ASUS claimed it could run the i7 920 at 4GHz 24/7 easily, but the reviewer (bit-tech) only managed 3.8GHz 24/7 stable. Then again, he was only using the Corsair H50 for cooling.
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Well thanks to Dazmode, I spent $220 today

Got the following coming to me:
Dazmode Limited Edition HEATKILLER Rev3.0 1366 (Nickel Plated)
HEATKILLER Backplate 1366
Lamptron FC-4 Fan Controller
Bottle of Feser One UV Blue (doubt I have enough)

So that makes my cooling complete and ready to go. Going to wait and see if there's any good NCIX sales, and then I think I'll go the P6TD route.
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....... EVGA probably has better support though,......
do you really need it
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do you really need it
Doubt it, and like I said, I'll probably go with the ASUS. I prefer it's layout and feature set.
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Ordered. Bye bye $869 :( Well not just yet, NCIX needs to approve my price matches then I'll send 'em the money. If they don't however, then my business is going elsewhere (Newegg), and I'll just have to get some RAM from Canada Computers.

And my Heatkiller should be here tomorrow from Daz.
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