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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by [I.R.A]_FBi, Jun 15, 2009.

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What route to take?

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  1. [I.R.A]_FBi

    [I.R.A]_FBi New Member

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    Died a silent death (RIP)

    Now im faced with big choices

    Current rig in specs

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    TX750
    Pentium D 805
    2 * 1 GB Geil DDR2-800
    7600GS (RIP)
    PQ5-E ASuS (many thanks coldstorm, something is coming ur way soon)
    17 inch CRT Dell Monitor
    El cheapo Case

    You can see except my psu and my mobo im a bit outdated. Wondering what path to take ....

    choice 1

    i7 920 (a friend is hooking me up at a ultra low price) 150 ish
    MSi mobo (hopefully used or cheap) 150ish?
    6GB DDR3 1600 99$
    ATi Card (1GB 4850?) 110$

    advantage mega performance
    disadvantage; cost

    choice 2

    3850/8800GT 4 cheep now ??$
    later Q6600 or Q9550 (maybe used) ??$
    8 GB ddr2 somewhere inbetween 99$$

    advantage: uses the platform i have currently
    disadvantage: may be going to a very expensive skl soon and no funds will be available for the next 2 yrs for upgrades, dunno how future proof this is?

    choice three

    3850/8800GT 4 (used)cheep now ??$
    wait for p55, cop 2.80GHz lynfield 140+280?$
    8GB DDR3 120?$

    advantage; can resume using my rig which was just resurrected after 8 months
    disadvantage: the stuff i have to sell may be worth even less when p55 is out

    choice 4

    3850/8800GT 4 (used)cheep now ???$?
    wait for p57, cop 2.80GHz lynfield (160+280?$)
    8GB DDR3 120?$


    advantage; can resume using my rig which was just resurrected after 8 months
    disadvantage: the stuff i have to sell may be worth even less when p57 is out

    choice 5?

    ????

    choice 6?

    ???

    help tpu
     
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    hat says thanks.
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    BradleyKZN New Member

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    I would go for choice 1 if you can afford it, just in case something else decides to kick the bucket. Maybe squeeze a 4870 in there.
     
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    Agreed. :toast:
     
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  4. eidairaman1

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    hmm very tough choices, the 8800 is proving to be long in the tooth so that be out of the way, Id say a 4870 2GB and Perhaps a Core i7 or Phenom 955 setup.
     
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  5. [I.R.A]_FBi

    [I.R.A]_FBi New Member

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    should add what i use my main rig for.

    render videos
    game @ 1280×1024 (hl2, hl, nfs (all), crysis, want to play gta)
    bench for fun occasionally
     
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    Fitseries3 Eleet Hardware Junkie

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    one suggestion...

    buy used.
     
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    if you can go i7 and not break the bank go for it
     
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    I7
     
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    hat Maximum Overclocker

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    I am becoming known as the cheapskate of TPU so take this with a grain of salt, but I would pick up a Core 2 Duo E5200, which has been known to hit 4GHz, and two 4770s. This upgrade would cost about $280 USD when buying off the glorious golden egg, and the performance will run anything through for a long time. Hell, even my 3GHz single core AMD is fast enough... it can be lackluster at times but I'm sure that's due to the one core... my Athlon64 x2 5200+ felt snappier in some situations for sure, and it only ran up to 2.86GHz
     
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    I like choice 1, it should last you a long time. :)
     
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    A moment of silence......... now it can be tossed in the trash. :D

    It really depends on what you do and what you want out of the rig. Obviously the 1st is the fastest and most likely to last the longest speed-wise, but unless you do a particular set of tasks it may be way more than you need, and by the time you do need that power it'll be outdated (they do run quite hot and are very power hungry after all). So, considering you've made it this far w/ a PD I'm assuming you don't particularly need the biggest and the baddest, and I'll vote #2 as a good bet right now, or perhaps optimally wait for i5 to roll out, but who knows when that'll be and just how effective it will be, it's hard to plan on hypotheticals in the comp world. I know you like the intel but in your particular case a nice x3 720 may be in order (#5?).......

    If video rendering and benching are most important: choice 1
    If gaming and cost are most important: 2-6

    Perhaps to air on the safe side if you have the money choice 1
     
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    your a cheapskate?

    You make me laugh

    look at my rig.
     
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    i7 man, accidentally hit number 2 though :(
     
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    Choice 3 is what I'll do, except that I'll opt for a HD 4850 now, and wait for a i5 2.66 GHz instead. It costs only $196 and performs very close to i7 920. You can sell your current stuff as soon as i5 releases. There's a small gap in time left, for mainstream market to realise something new has come up. You'll be able to sell your stuff.
     
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    Choice 1 will be better overall. Wont leave many upgrade paths.. I still say go all out on the i7 if you have the money.
     
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    hat Maximum Overclocker

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    Well I got burned real bad when I had a perfectly fine system with a DFI 590SLI board and an Athlon64 x2 cpu. I spent $50 on an old clunky Phenom 9500 which wouldn't overclock at all in my motherboard (the board was native to AM2, with the half-assed Phenom supporting BIOS they put out, I couldn't overclock at all). So I bought this Biostar board and proceeded to overclock. I tried 2.65GHz on 1.375v. I ran Orthos, came back and found my PC was off. I tried turning it back on... nothing. By board blew up and killed that processor and my 9800GT (which I thought was the greatest thing in the world). So I got stuck RMAing that board (RMA was accepted) and getting this single core (I had money to get the $60 3GHz brisbane dual but I decided to get the clunky single core for $30). To my dismay, when I tried plugging my video card back in, all I saw was corruption all over the place, and when I tried to play a game, it just locked up with a black screen. My 9800 was dead. So, I got stuck with my integrated 8100 for the longest time until I saw someone selling this 7900GT for $15 + shipping. I had enough money at that point to get a GTX260, still do, in fact I could probably scrape up a GTX295 somewhere if I wanted to, but I choose to stick with the 7900... cause I'm cheap.

    In fact I'm so cheap that instead of buying a killer card like the 260 I opted for the much cheaper 7900, which the seller advised everyone of in his F/S thread that it had problems with the memory, which he thought was a problem with the cooling so he stuck a 120mm fan under it and that seemed to fix it. Even though I have a Zalman fv900 and memory heatsinks on it, I still see some dead pixels here and there, which I know is not my monitor because I saw no such thing on the 8100.
     
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    you didnt need to put up a whole story, i said look at my system and see who is a cheapskate, because it's not you.
     
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    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Look how long your Pentium lasted. Imagine how long that core i7 would do.
     
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    I actually had a e6400 but because of some problems i sold it :(
     
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    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Reverts to second reason: i7 is fast ... :laugh:
     
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    [I.R.A]_FBi New Member

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    I was also thinking that, as i can barely even think about a i7 920, much less anything higher in the range.
     
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    Go for no. 1 but get a Nvidia GTx260 or Gtx280 cause they do scle better with the i7...any GFX Card will do though.
     
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    I'd go for the first option
     
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    i agree with this one
     
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    Given he gets the i7 for 150ish I would not wait for the i5. Go for the i7, not gonna get a better deal for a chip of that power any time soon. :toast:
     

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