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Old May 13, 2010, 08:11 PM
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ok so here are the builds i'm considering right now. Still unsure whether to go the socket 1366 or 1156 route. I'm in Canada btw, so all prices are in canadian dollars.

Build #1: (no crossfire)
CPU: intel core i7 860 -> $300 or intel core i5 750 -> $200
MOBO: Asus p7p55d pro -> $175
RAM: g.skill ripjaws 4gb -> $111
PSU: corsair TX750W -> $107
CPU Cooler: $64
GPU: ati hd 5850 -> $330

Total: $1228.31 ($1128.31 /w core i5 750)

Build #2: (no crossfire)
CPU: intel core i7 920 -> $300
MOBO: Asus P6T X58 -> $240
RAM: 6gb g.skill f3-12800 cl6 -> $191
PSU: corsair tx750w -> $107
CPU cooler: $64
GPU: ati hd 5850 -> $330

Total: $1392.16

Build #3: (crossfire)
CPU: core i7 860 -> $300 or core i5 750 -> $200
MOBO: asus p7p55d pro -> $175
RAM: g.skill ripjaws 4gb -> $111
PSU: corsair tx750w -> $107
CPU cooler: $64
GPU: 2x ati hd 5850 -> $660

Total: $1601.21 ($1501.21 /w core i5 750)

Build #4: (crossfire)
CPU: intel core i7 920 -> $300
MOBO: Asus P6T X58 -> $240
RAM: 6gb g.skill f3-12800 cl6 -> $191
PSU: corsair tx750w -> $107
CPU cooler: $64
GPU: 2x ati hd 5850 -> $660

Total: $1765


Would be great if you guys could help me decide on which build would be best for me. I'll mainly be using this as a gaming desktop and nothing else and i'll be gaming on a 24" 1920x1200 monitor.

and would there be a huge difference between the core i5 750 and core i7 860? Right now i'm thinking about build #3 but not sure if I can justify spending an extra $165-$265 to go the socket 1366 route.

Feel free to recommend me some alternative builds/parts that would give me a better value.
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Old May 13, 2010, 08:22 PM
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if you have to go 1156 route, 3440 for cpu

if i were you? amd hexa core and nice mobo, shave a couple hundred off the price. and one 5870 for now
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Old May 14, 2010, 03:11 AM
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I seen the CPU cooler on the list...are you planning to overclock? If you do, a nice little i5 750 OCed with a crossfire setup.

I have nothing against crossfire/SLI really, but I believe in buying both cards right away, it's IMHO better than "I'll get another card one of these days..."
Price match everything!!!

Option 2 could be i5 OCed, one 5850 and a SSD boot drive!!! Do NOT underestimate the power of the dar...humm humm SSD!!!

for the cooler, I think that a Coolermaster HYPER 212+ would be good and cheaper than $64.
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Old May 14, 2010, 04:12 AM
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I seen the CPU cooler on the list...are you planning to overclock? If you do, a nice little i5 750 OCed with a crossfire setup.

I have nothing against crossfire/SLI really, but I believe in buying both cards right away, it's IMHO better than "I'll get another card one of these days..."
Price match everything!!!

Option 2 could be i5 OCed, one 5850 and a SSD boot drive!!! Do NOT underestimate the power of the dar...humm humm SSD!!!

for the cooler, I think that a Coolermaster HYPER 212+ would be good and cheaper than $64.
Yea, I am planning on doing some overclocking. I'm also leaning towards the core i5 750 + hd 5850 crossfire setup since I will be only gaming and nothing else. I've read some reviews and there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between lynnfield and bloomfield in terms of gaming. Bloomfield does seem to handle multi graphics cards better but the difference seems to appear in really high resolutions (2560x1600).
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Old May 14, 2010, 04:57 AM
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You wont see a huge difference between the i7 860 and 750 in games - almost all games only utilize base cores, not hyperthreading. The 750 is "more overclockable" (YMMV)
I would probably go with Build 1 - I'm kind of assuming the cooler is the Corsair H50 with pricematch - if not, i'd recommend it + 2x P12 noctuas.

With the money saved on CPU, i'd probably go single graphics to start and buy a SSD for boot drive, if you don't already have one. Loading games with an SSD is so much faster. NCIX has a 60 gig OCZ Vertex on for $140 - thas kickass.

If you do end up going for an x58 setup, go for the 930 instead of 920 - extra multiplier for overclocking.

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Old May 14, 2010, 03:45 PM
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I'm selling my i7 920 pretty cheap... That would be much better bang/buck... I also have a brand new 5850 for sale, cheap too... That would make the whole thing much cheaper PM if interested

(I also build computers for the people who aren't comfortable doing it)


and i7 930 sucks with OCing with the extra multiplier, and OCs better with the i7 920 multiplier, so no use getting an i7 930 unless you want to underclock

I suggest, whether you go with my items or not, to go X58 and at least a single 5850
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Either Build #2 or #4. You can shave off a few $ by going with a different CPU Cooler (CMHyper212+). The mobo should be P6X58D - E. I would go with Corsair memory (1600C7 should be about the same price as the Gskill). Two 5850's would be great, but if money is a concern just go with one for now. The prices will drop eventually. Stick with the i7 920 and overclock it easily to 3.8, with a little bit of luck and depending on your case's airflow maybe even hit 4.0.
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