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What would be the better build?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by mattjd, 14 Mar 2010.

  1. mattjd

    Wise Guy

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    What do you think would be the better setup for gaming, browsing and a bit of encoding here and there.

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  2. stulid

    Capo Crimine

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    Both are mint.

    Would choose the first one
     
  3. mattjd

    Wise Guy

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    The only thing I like about the i5 build is the 5970. But after reading some stuff about 1366 sockets and the hex core's I was thinking why not just get the i7 build and in the future just buy another 5870 and a hex core when there cheap.
     
  4. stulid

    Capo Crimine

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    Exactly why I would pick it.
     
  5. DireEmblem

    Hitman

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    Imo, take the 1st rig, and drop the 5870 down to a 5850...

    Overclock your 5850 if needs be up to the 5870 speeds, and get an SSD boot drive.

    Also, the PSU is possibly slightly overkill, and i think this would more than suffice...

    If you really want SATA3, then you could drop to say this MB, and with an SSD boot drive, you wouldnt need to spend the extra to get a SATA3 storage drive, so you could add another 1TB to your system?

    Thats just my thoughts anyhow.
     
  6. [email protected]

    Caporegime

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    First spec.
     
  7. datalol-jack

    Soldato

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    Maybe, but I believe OP is considering crossfire as a potential option in the future and extra power will help with that.

    On this part there is a real benefit in going for an i7, since the majority of current encoders take advantage of hyper-threading on these CPUs.

    This may also be an option for quiet cooling:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC-002-CS&groupid=962&catid=1532&subcat=

    If you take a peak into the i7 OC thread in the CPU forum, you can see that people are getting decent mileage out of this unit.
     
  8. mattjd

    Wise Guy

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    I am not sure if I want to go with that mobo because it doesnt have the best OC abilities.

    I personally think SSD's are over priced atm.

    I was thinking of getting 2 5850's but I think I dont need that now and in the near future I could add another 5870 or 5970 to do crossfire.
     
  9. mattjd

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    Actually I might reconsider the mobo as long as it can OC the i7 930 to 4.00-4.20 GHz I will be happy.

    Is Sata 3 worth it for just a normal HDD or would it be better to be future proof.
     
  10. Higadeb

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    Joined: 25 Feb 2010

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    I would go for the first defo!
    The CPU is much more powerful and allows for future expansion.
    Plus a 5970 is simple an overkill for 99.962% of users. Even the 5870 should be more than enough!
    I'm using an old 4870 with a i7 920 and haven't met anything I can't run a either 'V.High' or 'Max' settings at 1680x1050.