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  1. Duffman

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    The time has come for a system upgrade. I am making the switch to i7.

    So far this is what i am looking at:

    evga EA758-a1 mobo
    ASUS 5870
    Corsair Dominator DDR3

    My big quandry is this: Is it worth it to pay $200+ more for an i7 940 or higher vs the i7 920? Also, any input on the other components would be appreciated as well.
     
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    I would by the 920 and buy a very nice cooler, eg dark knight and Overclock it to match if not beat the 940. I don't see the 200 difference between them
     
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    ^What I would do. OC like a madman, and you'll have performance equal to a 940 + 200 bucks saved for bacon.
     
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    Heh I just ordered one. Gonna cool an i7-860 with it. Alternatives would also be the top Noctua coolers.
     
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    The Evga 758 and the 920 is a great combo.
    I have one myself and can run 06 and Vantage @ 4.5Ghz.
    You can pick up a used 758 for about $180 (unless you want new.)
    Also if you can find a pre 3900 batch DO chip they clock better than the new ones.
     
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    I love my current Noctua cooler. It is staying strapped to the 9450/Formula Maximus combo and will be transplanted into the wifey's machine.

    From what i've read, the Prolimatech is the current king of the hill for air coolers. That with come Noctua fans should be kickass and quiet.
     
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    It's rarely if ever worth buying a higher end chip, as long as the lower end chip has a decent multiplier.
     
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    yea id go with a 920, they are cheap and overlock great. for cooling options u can refer to frostytech.com
    they do reviews of tons of heatsinks. they also compile a list of the top 10. the megahalem is in there and should be a good option. another good cooler would be the sunbeam core contact freezer. it was $25 after rebate and cools like a beast.
     
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    +8 on the i7 920, it's still top dog for the everyday user.
     
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    sweet, 920 it is.

    Is the Dominator Ram overpriced? is there a better option in the 2000 trip channel ddr3?
     
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    I'm guessing you want a mild-OC (3.8-4GHz) for 24/7 setup?

    If so, just get a cheap 1333 kits from your favorite brand, X58 already have alot of memory bandwidth compare to older sockets, even at 1066 memory speed.
     
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    You got it pegged.

    So 2000 would be overkill?
     
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    Isn't the 940 just an overclocked 920? It's not worth the extra money anyway since you can easily overclock the 920 an extra 300MHz or whatever it is.

    I think it's criminal what they're charging for it, the 920 is €249 here the the 940 is €500. Twice the price for something you can just overclock for free.

    The Xigmatek Dark Knight is a good cheap cooler too.
     
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    Totally over kill. :p
     
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    Ok, i think i'm going to split the differnce and go 1600
     
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    Next question. Would it be worth upgrading to the Classified from the EA758-A1?
     
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    i7 940 is a totaly POS chip. get the 950 if you must get something "better" than a 920.

    honestly.... after having 14 1366 chips now...

    xeons are alot better in the long run.

    xeon w3520 is great but you can get a w3540 if you want a higher multi.
     
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    don't even see the 3540 on the egg. what exactly makes the xeon's better nowadays?
     
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    xeons are hand picked to be better chips than i7s. they have lower temps and lower volts for same clocks.

    your best bet is to buy used.
     
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    Thanks for the advice and the Classified MB Fit. Can't wait to get it.

    Now the Megahalem is not available on the Egg!! argh
     
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    I bought one from Frozencpu .... awesome cooler .... :rockout: .... but if you dont mind the noise
    get high CFM fans... probably around 2000RPM/above 80CFM fan ....

    link : http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8...k_LGA_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3_Hot_Item.html

    EDIT: check this one as well ... http://www.frozencpu.com/products/1...Ultra-120_Extreme_Successor_.html?id=S2gyHByK
     
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