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Old February 25, 2010, 10:29 AM
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Question What to do?! 1156 Budget Comp Questions.

Hey guys, after reading the forums a bit, it seems like I am not the only one is this exact same pickle.
I'm in need of a new rig but I am very conflicted on what direction to take.
I only need a cpu, mobo and ram for my new build, I would like to have true sli and I would like to keep the price low. I'm going to be doing allot of sun vbox and Dreamweaver type apps with some gaming.

My first problem is the cpu, now should I go for the 1156 i5 720 or the 1156 i7 860, the extra $75 is the one place I'm not worried about spending the extra money, that is if it's worth the extra $75?

Next problem, the mobo. As I said earlier I would like to have true sli or CF but I'm finding it difficult to find a 1156 mobo with a great sli option. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough but...yaa.

Lastly, the ram, because I am trying to save money i was thinking about going dual channel ram, would this be holding back the cpu?

Long story short, I'm just trying not to spend crazy money, I mean after looking at it 100 ways, buying a 1366 rig will cost me $200 more if I get all the extras (tripp chan ram, nice mobo) over getting a 860 midrange 1156 rig.

Any advice would be great, thanks guys.
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Old February 25, 2010, 10:52 AM
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Hey guys, after reading the forums a bit, it seems like I am not the only one is this exact same pickle.
I'm in need of a new rig but I am very conflicted on what direction to take.
I only need a cpu, mobo and ram for my new build, I would like to have true sli and I would like to keep the price low. I'm going to be doing allot of sun vbox and Dreamweaver type apps with some gaming.

My first problem is the cpu, now should I go for the 1156 i5 720 or the 1156 i7 860, the extra $75 is the one place I'm not worried about spending the extra money, that is if it's worth the extra $75?

Next problem, the mobo. As I said earlier I would like to have true sli or CF but I'm finding it difficult to find a 1156 mobo with a great sli option. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough but...yaa.

Lastly, the ram, because I am trying to save money i was thinking about going dual channel ram, would this be holding back the cpu?

Long story short, I'm just trying not to spend crazy money, I mean after looking at it 100 ways, buying a 1366 rig will cost me $200 more if I get all the extras (tripp chan ram, nice mobo) over getting a 860 midrange 1156 rig.

Any advice would be great, thanks guys.
Max for Xfire or SLI is 8x/8x on P55 chipset. But seriously there's benches out there and the difference is about 1-2FPS with 16x/16x. 16x/16x is useful for DUAL Card (Quad SLI/Xfire) like the 5970x2 for example. But at the normal like with 2 videos card the bandwitdh is high enought. Or Triple SLI (295x3 for 6 GPU)
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Old February 25, 2010, 11:40 AM
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First of all I think you mean i5 750. Second of all you can only use dual channel on P55(well you can use single channel if you wanted I guess), not triple channel. Here's a mobo that can do sli/xfire. NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P7P55D Pro LGA1156 P55 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 PCI SLI CrossFireX 6SATA GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - P7P55D PRO In Canada.

You could also get a solely Xfire mobo for cheaper. It's up to you what processor you want, and i5 750 with 4 cores or the 860 with 4 cores with HT for a total of 8 threads.
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Old February 25, 2010, 01:40 PM
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well my 2 gpus now are NV so i would like sli because i will not be upgrading them for a bit,
what about this?
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E RAID GBLAN CrossFireX SLI USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard - GA-P55A-UD4P In Canada.

Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ATX
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Old February 25, 2010, 01:42 PM
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booo that mobo is to much cash.
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Old February 25, 2010, 02:02 PM
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Cheapest SLI P55 board: NCIX.com - Buy EVGA P55 V SLI mATX LGA1156 DDR3 SLI 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 Sound GBLAN Motherboard - 120-LF-E650-TR In Canada..
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Old February 25, 2010, 02:28 PM
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Okay. Here's my input:

750 vs 860: If you're doing mostly CPU intensive work in highly-multithreaded apps go for the 860. It contends with the 920 and performs generally really well. That said, HT will limit your OC a bit (I assume you'll be overclocking) and you'll see very little performance difference in games.

If by "true SLI / Crossfire" you mean x16-x16, don't even bother. The P55 chipset (well, the CPUs since it's technically integrated there) only has 16 total lanes, so the max you'll get without spending $300 or so will be x8-x8. However, as was mentioned, no graphics cards in existence today (barring the 5970) will max out the x8 bandwidth, so you won't see any real-world performance drop. 1-2% maybe.

As was also mentioned above, triple-channel memory only works on X58. P55 still uses dual-channel. This is actually good, since 4GB is pretty much the perfect amount. When you need more (eventually), just pop in another 2 x 1 or 2 x 2 kit and you're on your way.

Here's what I'd get:
i7 860
EVGA P55 SLI
4GB G.Skill Ripjaws

That comes out (on Newegg) to $610 plus shipping. Not too bad for a major update.
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Old February 25, 2010, 02:41 PM
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NCIX also saves u $ on a combo.

How about this board:

NCIX.com - Buy MSI P55-GD65 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 CrossFire SLI 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 PCI-E4 2PCI eSATA GBLAN Motherboard - P55-GD65 In Canada.

+ 860 + CL 7 Ripjaws?

Pricematch the 860 at newegg and it comes to Comes to $578. Substitute for UD4P or P55 SLI by EVGA if you have brand preference.
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Old February 25, 2010, 03:34 PM
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yes yes, i think you guys are right when it comes to the i7 860. i know its the same price as the i7 920 but if i were to go 1366 i would shell out much more cash for a 1366 mobo plus tripp chan ram, so the savings are in the mobo and ram.

great, that takes care of the cpu,
and now the mobo
I have been reading great things about these two:
Gigabyte p55a ud4p ( i know i said this was so much $ earlier but i has everything i need so...)
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E RAID GBLAN CrossFireX SLI USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard - GA-P55A-UD4P In Canada.

Evga p55 sli (as Raserei408 has said earlier) :
NCIX.com - Buy EVGA P55 ATX LGA1156 DDR3 SLI CrossFire 3PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI Sound GBLAN Motherboard - 132-LF-E655-KR In Canada.
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Old February 25, 2010, 03:40 PM
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and the one headsh0t said
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