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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by El_Mayo, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. El_Mayo

    El_Mayo

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    i was thinking of gettin the i7 920 but:
    1. it's expensive
    2. i'd need an expensive motherboard
    3. and expensive RAM

    as you can see.. i dont like expensive
    but if i buy a socket 1366 mobo.. then i wont need to upgrade motherboards because intel SHOULD start making newer.. better cpu's to go on that mobo/chipset whatever.. right?
    but then again the i7 920 could be pretty overkill
    right now i'm using AMD Turion 6000 X2 (laptop) and that's pretty speedy for me to be very honest. i will be using my computer for gaming (not too hardcore.. quad SLI gaming.. but just simple.. call of duty 4 or crysis etc. etc.)
    i want a CPU that can last me more than 2 years.. which i think the i7 920 has a better chance of doing than... say.. the intel Q8200
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    Drop expensive ram from your list. The Crucials below are cheap and overclock very well. PaulieG also found out that another set of cheap DDR3 overclock very well. As for CPU's, yes the i7 920 would provide better longevity. Also depending on your current hardware, your options at MB could be better than you think.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148246
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    If your expect only 2 years from todays CPUs, your in heaven since a hell lot can do that underclocked LOL for gaming, the more impportant part is the graphics card...

    I would sugest the i7 920 or the PII x3 720BE AM3 processor... This depends are your budget, and if your going multi-GPU or not (SLI or CF)

    Right now, CPUs are much more advanced that software or graphics cards ATM, so the longetivity of the CPUs are huge
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    I like the i7 for long term, it will be top dog for a while..

    but you have to cross the AMD / INtel line..... I am all Intel so that is my choice, i can't speak for the AMD's
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    wait till tomorrow and get the phenom II 955
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    Or wait tell the i5 comes out, its a new chipset so I'd just bite the bullet for a bit longer. There always good deals on memory somewhere.
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    How about staying on dual-core ?'

    i7 is a multitasking monster, but not many actually need 8 threads unless you are rendering or using VM softwares or running computing programs.

    E8500 or AMD PhII X3 line CPU will do the job fine and can last you for 2 years.

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    It is VERY had to argue against the PII 720 at the moment for a gaming-only system. IT performs with the best i7/C2D quads in single and sometimes multi-gpu setups, and costs less than the E8400.

    Mine does 3.4 on stock volts/stock cooler (stock 940 cooler, the stock 720 cooler is whack), and I prefer it over my E8400 and Q6600 for gaming.
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    :roll: at both of you. you want the i7 920 to be good for 2 years in comparrison with what will be one in two years. hahaha yeah sure. the PD's were out 2 years ago and they were SHIT!


    anyway...

    grab either

    i7 920
    Crucial DDR3 ($80 ish for 6gb)
    and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136065

    the board is not that bad i paid $250 for my X38 asus and then i paid 229 for my DFI x48.

    215 for the x58 isn't bad.

    or get a 955
    same crucial ram
    and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131363
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    okay.. so..
    i should buy the AMD Phenom II instead of i7 920
    which i think is alright.. seeing as the i7 would be somewhat overkill
    but what motherboard would i need to buy?

    "AMD AM2 (AMD Chipset) Motherboards"

    OR

    "AMD AM2 (Nforce Chipset) Motherboards"

    what's the difference? o_O
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    TBH I think the E84/5/600s are enough for crysis[not hard core:laugh:]
    Are you a overclocker? cos that can also affect your purchasing ideas...
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    i COULD overclock
    but i don't want to reduce the lifespan of the CPU's
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    Hat, support me on this....
    you'll never get to use the cpu till the day that it dies!!! so OCing doesn't really matter!
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    yeah mate i shall be getting the 9550 and overclocking
    that should last for a good few years yeah?
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    Go PII x3 instead of x4... or go i7 920...

    i7 920 230$+tax at Microcenter or from someone here = max 250$
    DFI DK x58 215$+ship = max 225$
    6gb of Crucials+free ship = 74$
    Total = a bit less than 550$

    PIIx3
    720BE+free ship = 140$
    Biostar mobo + free ship= 100$ after MIR
    RAM + free ship = 34$ after MIR
    Total = 274$

    As you can see, PIIx3 is half the price... BUT if your buying a computer from scratch, The extra 275$ you pay for i7 920 isn't much... It is your choice!

    If I were you, I would go with the pII 720BE and wtv I listed and get something like a 4850 or 4870....
    This 4870 1gb for example (200$ - 30$ MIR free ship)
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    Thats a good comparison. now show him some benchies :D

    intel> :nutkick: <amd
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    i think i will get the 9950
    freaksavior... i thought that was obama in your avatar lmao
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    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    it is :D its a obama action figure. Not a fan lol but just thought it was funny.
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    LMAO nice one xD
    obama is win :D
    and to close this thread
    i shall be buying the 9950 and overclocking as much as i can on aftermarket cooling

    Amen


    xD
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    NOOOOOOOOOO go with 720BE instead... and get the 0940 batch so you can unlock the 4th core... please? :(

    9950 is more expensive and performs WAY WORSE than 720BE...
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    get the 720BE... trust me... can anyone +1 one PLEASE? I mean... you all know that 720BE is the best choice to do right?

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