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SamuelS1289
09-24-2009, 05:38 AM
Hey guys, just wonder if this specs is good or little ripped off?

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 (Motherboard)
8gb RAM DDR3 Corsair
Thermaltake Heatsink fan
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
XFX HD-487A-ZHDC Radeon HD 4870 1GB XXX 256-bit GDDR5 (Graphic Card)

I mean he could get i7 2.66 Ghz instead of 3.06 Ghz, right?

Buff
09-24-2009, 05:46 AM
It is a very good build, but what's the pricetag?

And yes, imo the i7 950 is a waste when you can get the i7 920 and OC it to those speeds and beyond easily.

SamuelS1289
09-24-2009, 06:33 AM
It is a very good build, but what's the pricetag?

And yes, imo the i7 950 is a waste when you can get the i7 920 and OC it to those speeds and beyond easily.

About 1,400 dollars.

lhwj
09-24-2009, 06:54 AM
If it's primarily for gaming, I would step down to an i5/Phenom II and get the new ATi 5870 instead.

Luke

crazycanuck
09-24-2009, 10:11 AM
Stay with the I7... the i5 will have limited ability for upgrades and they have no hyperthreading and only dual channel ram capability. The I5 although a decent processor is cheap for a reason.

The I7 will carry him through for much longer then an i5 considering all the goodies that will be available for the x58 chipset and 1366 socket in the future. Going with an I7 system now may seem like its being built for bragging rights..but trust me when i say it will pay off down the road, especially when others are upgrading everything again and the ones with the i7 systems are still able to use there existing systems because the system had a lot of unused power to be tapped into.

BUT

the i7950 is going overboard..save some cash and go with the i7 920 and overclock and maybe dump the savings into a better graphics card.

Earthful
09-24-2009, 11:33 AM
Stay with the I7... the i5 will have limited ability for upgrades and they have no hyperthreading and only dual channel ram capability. The I5 although a decent processor is cheap for a reason.

The I7 will carry him through for much longer then an i5 considering all the goodies that will be available for the x58 chipset and 1366 socket in the future. Going with an I7 system now may seem like its being built for bragging rights..but trust me when i say it will pay off down the road, especially when others are upgrading everything again and the ones with the i7 systems are still able to use there existing systems because the system had a lot of unused power to be tapped into.

BUT

the i7950 is going overboard..save some cash and go with the i7 920 and overclock and maybe dump the savings into a better graphics card.

I'm the "friend" and yes I've realized my mistake with buying 3.06GHz one compared to 2.66GHz $300 difference. But hey, then again I'm a noob at overclocking... maybe you can help me overclock properly =]
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=973796

steveroger
09-24-2009, 11:36 AM
I'm the "friend" and yes I've realized my mistake with buying 3.06GHz one compared to 2.66GHz $300 difference. But hey, then again I'm a noob at overclocking... maybe you can help me overclock properly =]
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=973796

Think of it this way, you don't have any need to overclock that CPU. Nice PC.

Baron_Fel
09-24-2009, 12:15 PM
The I5 although a decent processor is cheap for a reason.

I would say its more than decent, given the fact the the $200 i5 750 beats the i7 920 most of the time due to turbo. And an i7 860 (same price as the 920) beats the 920 all of the time.

SamuelS1289
09-24-2009, 12:32 PM
I would say its more than decent, given the fact the the $200 i5 750 beats the i7 920 most of the time due to turbo. And an i7 860 (same price as the 920) beats the 920 all of the time.

Whoa, can you explain clearly? How?

Earthful
09-24-2009, 12:34 PM
Whoa, can you explain clearly? How?

There is two different kind of i7, Bloomfield and Nehelm.... both have different designs.

crazycanuck
09-24-2009, 12:43 PM
I would say its more than decent, given the fact the the $200 i5 750 beats the i7 920 most of the time due to turbo. And an i7 860 (same price as the 920) beats the 920 all of the time.

the I5 may beat the i7 in some tests using current hardware..but the i7 wasn't built with current hardware in mind..The potential this processor has isn't even being tapped yet. The i5 has my respect for its abilities, but mainstream budget processors are not designed to have a long and illustrious life. They are built for the Budget minded person to purchase at a cheap price. They're like a cheap economy car..built to be cheap, economical and do the job but not to last beyond an expected lifetime. Cheap processors are not big money makers..just ask AMD. They are sold with the idea they're limited abilities will render that processor basically unsatisfactory down the road and force an upgrade.

I have bought many processors in the past that went head to head with much more expensive procs and thought i was so smart..until i was upgrading my processor and spending $$$ on a new one and usually a new mobo and ram, when the other guys who spent a little extra are still using their first ones because it was only a year later they were tapping into the unused potential of there original purchase. I was moving on to my third cheap processor and another mobo because they changed the socket design..welcome to forced obsolescence. And the other guys simply spent a few bucks and upgraded the processor because that socket was still viable and being used.

The i5 is a good processor..yes..for now.

Baron_Fel
09-24-2009, 12:47 PM
An i5 750 will "last" (performance wise) as long as any 1336 CPU can. They are in the same league.

"Cheap" CPUs are actually where all the money is at. More expensive parts have massive profit margins, but that doesnt make up for nobody buying them.

crazycanuck
09-24-2009, 12:57 PM
We should take this to a new thread Baron..were hijacking this poor guys thread..lol.

I gather my information , you gather yours and we'll have a hardware debate..off thing..lol

Baron_Fel
09-24-2009, 02:22 PM
We should take this to a new thread Baron..were hijacking this poor guys thread..lol.

I gather my information , you gather yours and we'll have a hardware debate..off thing..lol

we've already gone over this before lol.

The PC in this thread is already owned so there isnt much point in discussing whether it was a good or bad decision.

Sleigher103
09-25-2009, 03:50 AM
I have i7-920 and I absolutely love it.