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i7 930 vs i7 870

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by likconater, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. likconater New Member

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    ok this is for my new computer and im planing on getting GTX 460 sli in the future just 1 for now

    i7 870 with ASUS P7P55D-E PRO

    or

    i7 930 with ASRock X58 Extreme3 Motherboard
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    I dont want to try and change ur mind but first if i may can i ask u what the intended purpose of this rig is?
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  3. likconater New Member

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    general use and gaming
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    gaming + sli means my vote goes for the 930.

    gaming + single gpu my vote goes for the 870.
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    how bout u save a shit load of money and get a i5 - 750? and OC that monster...

    no games use hyper transport and u said general use (surfing the web and watching movies)

    the i5 - 750 is a i7 - 920 without hyper transport...

    its the best quad core u can get for the price / performance ratio FOR INTEL!!

    (now amd u can buy a x3 / x2 and unlock it :p buts that another story lol)
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    what you guys think about mobos, also wanted it to compess large videos, would the 1366 mobo be better for upgrading in the future???
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    Odds are that its going to be a gamer. EDIT: a few posted while I was typing

    @likconater

    IMO, I said it in the past not too long ago, there are 4 cpu's you should look into getting if you're not into heavy benchmarking and overkill overclocks:

    Core i3 530: Good gamer and multitasker. Mediocre encoding.

    Athlon II X4 6x0(Any from this family) Good gamer and multitasker. Outstanding encoding performance for price.

    Phenom II X6 1055t Great gamer and multitasker. Almost twice as good with encoding than the Athlon x4 series.

    Core i7 9x0(Any from this family) Great gamer and the best multitasker for price reasons. Disable HT if wanting to encode, but great encoder.
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    oh well if u plan on doing videos as well then i would chose a i7 since they have hyper transport and with intel u nvr no, how many sockets do they have now? lol

    (2 dif sockets for the i7 is gay -_-)

    but yea go for i7...
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    Wouldn't go that route with the x3 4xx. Just pay the extra 20 - 30 up front and get the "guaranteed" quad.
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    lol well for the price of a x4 athlon i would just get a 550 or 555 :p
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    More cores helps with general computing on everything over the extra cache. I've been there. The problem is, where is that balance for price/performance?
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    thanks guys now i have more options...lol
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    Get the i7 930 and call it a day if you have the cash. If you need to save a few bucks, go down to the AMD x6 1055t, with not even considering the i7 8x0 family.
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    likconater dude if u got the money to spend and not care buy the i7 930 hands down dude its a monster and u can OC it nicely... but if u wana wallet friendly take a look at some AMD's none the less for gaming a AMD x2 would own... maybe get a x3 4xx / amd x4 athlon / AMD x2 555
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    or what racin fan just said lol
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  17. likconater New Member

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    thanks guys im planning to try AMD sooner or later but i need a new machine and i7 looks to be my best choice atm
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    yep... just make sure when u do go AMD the money u save from spending for a behemouth CPU spend it on a decent HSF :) would do u a lot of good

    *cough* AMD ftw *cough*
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    Wanted to add also, AsRock has stepped up there game in the past year in the motherboard market. So that shouldn't be a deciding factor on which motherboard either. I think it just all depends on how much cash you want to put into the rig. Although, when you posted general usage and gaming, we have no idea of what you consider "general usage" are you speaking surfing, media, IM clients, & "office" work ?
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    yes thats what i mean by general use
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    Kk, noticed you also stated compressing large video files. Yah I agree go with i7 930.
  22. likconater New Member

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    yer after recording games and ending up with over 100GB of recordings in one go of gaming you do have to compress it
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    then yea do the i7's look for a i7 - 920 its the same thing as the 930 but cheaper. if not then get the 930
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    Core i7 860, from reviews, i know is better from core i7 920
    So accordingly 870 > 930 (not in MATH!)
    Anyway i dunno if the socket of 870 will last longer than that of 930
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    I'd personally go with the i7 930 or 870, or at least something that will alleviate any bottlenecks from your GPU(s).

    I know looking at benchies you may not see that much of a difference in numbers but the overall feel, smoothness is on a whole different level when I went from my 3.6ghz Q6600 to my current setup.

    Lets just say its unlocked the real power of my GPU's and really makes crysis and all the latest games look less gpu hungry. My GTA IV now runs at 60 fps on high settings and as opposed to 20-40 with my Q6600, same with Assassin's Creed II which is from 30-40 to 50-60 and crysis is just smooth all enthusiast no aa 1920x1080 high 45's to 60's.

    Oh and Dalaran on peak hour is at 60 fps, yay lol.

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