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i think i went ott......

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by shuzzbutt, 31 May 2010.

  1. shuzzbutt


    Joined: 24 Jun 2009

    Posts: 498

    Hi guys, over the xmas period I thought I'd treat myself to a 'rig'- I splashed out on a massive coolermaster atcs 840 case/i7 920/6gb ram/gtx275 & overall I'm very pleased.

    However, when i think about it, I only use this for gaming & web surfing so I've got this niggling feeling that I should have gone for a 775 setup with a decent core 2 quad and I'd be none the wiser?

    I'm seriously considering selling my i7 setup and upgrading my e5200 lga775 setup with a core2 quad and pocket the difference & I'm hoping the more tech-savvy of you guys could tell me wether I'd notice the downgrade:p

    remember, I have the lga775 setup already, all i'd need is a new cpu and I'd carry on using my gtx275- please advise:)
  2. Grimley


    Joined: 18 Nov 2007

    Posts: 7,374

    Location: Deepest Darkest Essex!!

    If you are more into gaming I'd keep it TBH, you may regret it later on.
  3. Redmint


    Joined: 28 Jan 2010

    Posts: 3,190

    Location: Guildford

    Yeah it'll just be more hassle later on when you decide to go i7 again and you'll just be annoyed at how much money you lose from the price you paid for the i7 stuff when you sell it on.
  4. shuzzbutt


    Joined: 24 Jun 2009

    Posts: 498

    yeah i suppose if i'd come to the right decision in the first place grr- i might take up photo/video editing just to feel I'm using the damn thing properly eh?!
  5. cmndr_andi


    Joined: 23 Apr 2009

    Posts: 12,040

    Location: Cheshire

    Yea, you have a great system. It is quite likely that the i7 is more powerful than you need at the moment - but in the future the extra computing power will be made use of. This means you can delay your next upgrade for quite some time and enjoy better framerates now.

    Considering you have already spent the money (and would not get all of it back if you sold it) then I'd definitely suggest sticking with the i7. As you say, if you decide to take up more CPU-heavy tasks like photo/video editing in the future - you have a rig that can make handle such tasks wonderfully.

    Have you tried overclocking the i7 920?
  6. ricky


    Joined: 28 Dec 2008

    Posts: 390

    Location: Nottingham

    Seeing as you already have both setups,it would make more sense to sell the 775 kit.
    Just out of intrest,what is the spec of the 775 kit(apart from the e5200)?
  7. synixx

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 4 Nov 2007

    Posts: 2,352

    Location: Scotland

    Or even better run [email protected] and help cure cancer!

    The core i7's are monsters at running [email protected] and score big points (if you care about points). They are also the only cpu's that can run bigadv which are the real complex scientific tasks and require 8 threads which the core i7 can do due to hyperthreading.
  8. Alfie

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 4 Dec 2008

    Posts: 1,622

    Location: Sheffield

    id sell the 775 stuff and the gtx 275 and get a 5870.
  9. infernox


    Joined: 25 Feb 2010

    Posts: 3,219

    Location: England

    +1 @ alfie Id probs save £100 and get a 5850 and clock them to a 5870 :)
  10. shuzzbutt


    Joined: 24 Jun 2009

    Posts: 498

    no its always been at stock- been too scared as i'm running an msi x58pro mobo where the ioh sits at 65 degrees at idle:rolleyes:

    e5200/asus p5kpro se/2gb ddr2/ati hd4350 (passive cooling for htpc)/lg bdrom/slverstone lc17 htpc case.

    ive always wondered about [email protected] maybe I will- sounds like a great reason to keep my rig overpowered for my needs without me feeling too guilty lol
  11. spirits247


    Joined: 29 Jan 2007

    Posts: 725

    This is a turn up for the books - a downgrade thread!!!!

    Personally, I couldn't downgrade after owning an i7. Top quad 775 CPU's are also quite expensive.
  12. shuzzbutt


    Joined: 24 Jun 2009

    Posts: 498

    well, I've recently seen a few core 2 quads sell for around £80 2nd hand & I've read loads on how these are more than capable of running games like battlefield 2 etc as long as you have a decent gpu so it got me wondering wether i could salvage a few bob whilst my kit is still worth something:)
  13. Devrij


    Joined: 23 Jul 2009

    Posts: 13,702

    Location: Bath

    I see where you're coming from, but just imagine yourself in a year's time and how your computing needs might have changed. Then you'll be pretty happy you stuck with your rig. As suggested, i you want to make use of it [email protected] is a great way to do it while giving something back. Maybe sell your HTPC to get some moolah in the bank?