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Draex October 20, 2011 12:18 PM

Band-Aid Build
 
Looking for suggestions on somewhat of strange build.

My house took a lightning strike, and well I first thought the damage was limited to only the video card and the power supply.(no output on that system or another system I tested it in.)

It appears the damage is more extensive then I originally thought, I have replaced the PSU with an HX1000, and have ordered a GTX580 3GB from on the BST section that should be getting here today.

In the mean time the rest of the system with the HX1000 and lowbie 8800GT has stopped posting at all.

The board was Max 3 Gene + I7 860. I have tried the cpu in another friends 1156 system and it does not post. I have tried my friends CPU in the Gene and it similarly does not post. There also appears to be minor scorch marks where the 8PIN ATX Connector and 24Pin Connector contact the board. At this point I am concluding the whole system (minus the SSD, which oddly seams to have survived) dead.

Now to the point of my post. I have the GTX 580/SSD/Power supply. I only have $300 left in my budget to complete the system, with something the hopefully won't bottleneck the GPU to horribly. I need the mobo/cpu/mem to last until atleast after Christmas and would prefer to not have to replace all the parts then with something that will adequately drive the 580, I play at 2560x1600 for resolution and intend on playing BF3, Skyrim, SWTOR ect.

Would I be best trying to get a lowbie i3 with a decent motherboard and overclock it, only to replace it with 2600K Later?

Or would I be better of getting a cheap AMD motherboard with perhaps a 1055T?

Any help would be appreciated, I haven't been able to find any benchmarks showing the effective scaling of 580 with lower end cpu's.

Thanks in advance.

JJThomp October 20, 2011 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Draex (Post 559587)
Looking for suggestions on somewhat of strange build.

My house took a lightning strike, and well I first thought the damage was limited to only the video card and the power supply.(no output on that system or another system I tested it in.)

It appears the damage is more extensive then I originally thought, I have replaced the PSU with an HX1000, and have ordered a GTX580 3GB from on the BST section that should be getting here today.

In the mean time the rest of the system with the HX1000 and lowbie 8800GT has stopped posting at all.

The board was Max 3 Gene + I7 860. I have tried the cpu in another friends 1156 system and it does not post. I have tried my friends CPU in the Gene and it similarly does not post. There also appears to be minor scorch marks where the 8PIN ATX Connector and 24Pin Connector contact the board. At this point I am concluding the whole system (minus the SSD, which oddly seams to have survived) dead.

Now to the point of my post. I have the GTX 580/SSD/Power supply. I only have $300 left in my budget to complete the system, with something the hopefully won't bottleneck the GPU to horribly. I need the mobo/cpu/mem to last until atleast after Christmas and would prefer to not have to replace all the parts then with something that will adequately drive the 580, I play at 2560x1600 for resolution and intend on playing BF3, Skyrim, SWTOR ect.

Would I be best trying to get a lowbie i3 with a decent motherboard and overclock it, only to replace it with 2600K Later?

Or would I be better of getting a cheap AMD motherboard with perhaps a 1055T?

Any help would be appreciated, I haven't been able to find any benchmarks showing the effective scaling of 580 with lower end cpu's.

Thanks in advance.

Go with the i3, it will do fine in gaming for now but you might not be able to stream/heavily multi-task. Sandy bridge is simply much better than anything AMD has for the price.

PerryC October 20, 2011 12:31 PM

Do you plan on going to a 2600K down the road?

Draex October 20, 2011 01:38 PM

I would I imagine I would be going to 2600K, or whatever the fastest is at the time. I would at the very min want to eventually go back to the performance of my overclocked i7 860

SugarJ October 20, 2011 02:15 PM

Maybe look for a used X58 combo? I'm pretty sure you could get a i7 920, mobo, and ram for your budget.

Draex October 20, 2011 02:57 PM

Thanks for the advice so far, trying my luck with trying to find a used 920.

Draex October 21, 2011 11:31 AM

Haven't been able to find any combo so far and considering going a little over budget.

Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Bl Lowprofile 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory Kit 53.99
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB PM'd to 214.79
Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 HDMI DVI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 *IR-$10* PM'd to 122.70

Comes to $450 after Taxes shipping, not really sure on the quality of the board for OC'ing, also taking a far larger hit in the long run to replace both the board with a quality mobo and a 2600K the other option would possible be going with a much better board and i3 540.

Looking for more idea's.

dma0991 October 21, 2011 11:42 AM

That board could sustain a mild OC but take precaution for anything beyond 4GHz. In the long run you could probably replace it with a more robust board and upgrading to the Core i7 2600K is unnecessary as the Core i5 2500K is more than sufficient. Going with a Core i3 540 and a better board is not an option because the performance difference is quite huge (2C4T previous gen vs 4C4T current gen) and LGA1156 is a dead end while a Z68 board could be upgraded with IB next year.

Draex October 21, 2011 12:11 PM

Hmm I didnt even notice the 540 was infact 1156.

It would probably then be an i3 2100 + Better Board.

What would be the cheapest "Good" OC board for 1155 with SLI? Using a Megahalems + 2 Delta's for cooling.

dma0991 October 21, 2011 12:23 PM

I would assume that getting the Core i3 2100 means that you would eventually upgrade it to a Core i5 2500K, Core i7 2600K or Core i7 2700K in the future as the Core i3 2100 is locked and overclocking is not possible, even a mild OC is not possible.

I am not too sure which would be the cheapest but I do know that the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 does offer good value for the money considering that it is a full featured board. Not necessarily the cheapest but it offers good value when you want a platform that is good enough for an easy 4.5GHz overclock and has SLI/Crossfire support.


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