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Windows 7: New Build..Need Input

11 Jan 2011   #11
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlackerITGuy View Post
A number of things pop out immediately.
  • #1: The whole platform (LGA 1366 vs LGA 1155).
I understand LGA 1366 is still Intel's enthusiast platform, but you should really look into Intel's brand new platform, Sandy Bridge (LGA 1155). While it lacks the triple channel memory compatibility of LGA 1366 (which is pretty useless unless you are really into synthetic benchmarking), these new chips are faster clock for clock (around ~5%), overclock much better (I've seen 5 GHz+ overclocks already), they are built around a new manufacturing process (32nm vs 45nm), which basically means, incredibly low power consumption and heat generation.

We all have opinions here, but let's just say a Core i7-950 on a 1366 MB isn't chop liver here

As for getting to 5gigs, yeah you could do it.... to what extreme, and what cost? Realistically the avarage everyday enthusist isn't even going to hit 5gig on a processor. I didn't say it couldn't be done, I said the avarage person isn't going to do it (because of all the work and expense involved in getting there)

I could hit 4+gig with my processor, and it would be a heck of a lot easier to do, and wouldn't require an elaberate setup

See my system specs.

Anyway that's my opinion.
Without going too deep into this (thread hijacking FTL lol), 5 GHz+ on air is quite doable on SB chips actually... 5 GHz is the new 4 GHz.

In fact, I've heard that some motherboards (that have auto OC capabilities), are actually setting some of these unlocked CPUs all the way up to ~4.6 GHz. Just by enabling the auto OC option, which is pretty crazy IMO.

You gotta remember, 32mn means, they'll run cooler, require less power and more importantly, have a lower voltage baseline.


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11 Jan 2011   #12
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I do agree about them supposedly being cooler and requiring less power, makes sense. However I do have a hard time believing they can run 5+gig stable on air. Sorry.

I'm sure there's going to posts out there of people saying they did it but..... and the key word is stable

Anyways agree about hijacking the tread so well leave it at this.

Peace
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11 Jan 2011   #13
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
jeepmann4x4, The system sounds wicked. Might I suggest just a tad larger PSU, I wouldn't want your top flight Crossfire boards to be starved. I would look into a 1000 watt - 1200 watt PSU as it shouldn't be much more than the 850, maybe 50-70 bucks. Also a system of this caliber without a SSD is just like hot apple pie without a scoop of french vanilla ice cream.

Edit: just checked on the EVGA mobo and it's a nVidia board and only supports SLI not Crossfire, so re-think the mobo or the GPU's. Good luck with your build and remember to take tons of pic's and share with us on the "show us your rig" thread !

Ok so I misread the specs on the MB "Supports 2-way SLI and 3-way SLI or CrossFireX" thanks for the catch.....I really like the board so time to switch up the GPU's .....

So now the question ... 2x 460's or 1x 570?? Don't think I can pull off the 580 cause of price(also why there is no SSD YET!)

@sygnus21
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SlackerITGuy
You both have great points and I don't mind getting thread jacked like that...lol It was good input and helps when its under control like you guys did..thanks

As for 1155 I'm still looking into it but it was hard to do since they released on paper only. I've been checking and today is the first day I have seen them retail.
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11 Jan 2011   #14
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

jeepmann4x4, I'm not the expert here but from what I'm reading, more people will tell you that one high end card will be better than two lower end cards in SLI or Crossfire. Many say that the time and energy tweeking the set up to each game just doesn't out weight the added cost and screen benefits. Odd as I'm getting ready to install a new mobo with the goal of Crossfiring two 6870's or 6950's. It's causing me to rethink this and likely go with just a single great card.......jury is still out! I say look to one great card and live with it then if you win the lotto or just can't scratch the SLI wild hair then dive in and go for it......this in the end is likely to be my strategy. Cheers
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11 Jan 2011   #15
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
@sygnus21
@SlackerITGuy
You both have great points and I don't mind getting thread jacked like that...lol It was good input and helps when its under control like you guys did..thanks

As for 1155 I'm still looking into it but it was hard to do since they released on paper only. I've been checking and today is the first day I have seen them retail.
With that said, I have to conceed to slackerITGuy's point about the Sandy Bridge being a good buy, though if I were buying a Sandy Bridge system right now, I might spring for the i7-2600K. A little expensive, though no where near the i7-980x price tag, but with all the 980x's performance. Impressive chip. And the "K" series chips are unlocked! Meaning good OC numbers.

Anyway get yourself the latest copy of MaximumPC (February 2011). There's a good article on the Sandy Bridge processors (page 38)

New Build..Need Input-mpc-feb2011.jpg

Doesn't speak much on motherboards, though you have have at this excellent article here on the Sandy Bridge and a Gigabyte MB - Ultimate Sandy Bridge OC Guide + P67A-UD7 Performance Review. I'm sure SlackerITGuy would approve

Outside of that though you're not doing too bad with the i7-950 setup. And let's not forget, they still have to replace the i7-900 series chips on the 1366 MB


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11 Jan 2011   #16
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
@sygnus21
@SlackerITGuy
You both have great points and I don't mind getting thread jacked like that...lol It was good input and helps when its under control like you guys did..thanks

As for 1155 I'm still looking into it but it was hard to do since they released on paper only. I've been checking and today is the first day I have seen them retail.
With that said, I have to conceed to slackerITGuy's point about the Sandy Bridge being a good buy, though if I were buying a Sandy Bridge system right now, I might spring for the i7-2600K. A little expensive, though no where near the i7-980x price tag, but with all the 980x's performance. Impressive chip. And the "K" series chips are unlocked! Meaning good OC numbers.

Anyway get yourself the latest copy of MaximumPC (February 2011). There's a good article on the Sandy Bridge processors (page 38)

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Doesn't speak much on motherboards, though you have have at this excellent article here on the Sandy Bridge and a Gigabyte MB - Ultimate Sandy Bridge OC Guide + P67A-UD7 Performance Review. I'm sure SlackerITGuy would approve

Outside of that though you're not doing too bad with the i7-950 setup. And let's not forget, they still have to replace the i7-900 series chips on the 1366 MB
I hear ya both....I've been back and forth about 1155 read a bit about them including what you have linked for me(thanks) and have all ready started "mind building" an 1155 setup..still a work in progress as I type.
I'm spending quite a bit on this build and plan on keeping a long long time(I use till they die then i see whats new..lol) Since all of that I'm running alot of questions past all of you(thanks for letting me)


@linnemeyerhere

I myself have been thinking the same thing, go with one great card and if(when) I want more just add-on....so with that said I think I'm going with the GTX570.....maybe
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11 Jan 2011   #17
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Jeepmann4x4,
Perfect it sounds like this work to get all your ducks in a row will pay nice performance dividends. Please keep us in the loop as to what you finally decide on and can't wait to see pictures when you build this beast !
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11 Jan 2011   #18
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Jeepmann4x4,
Perfect it sounds like this work to get all your ducks in a row will pay nice performance dividends. Please keep us in the loop as to what you finally decide on and can't wait to see pictures when you build this beast !

Thats what I'm hoping for!! Every good build has about 20 good plans...

Will keep all of you in the loop, most likely will start a new thread with the (fingers crossed) with the final build specs in a day or two!

Like i said before building this some time within a month...will post pic of build!

This would not be the beast it's gonna be without all of your guys/gals help!!!
Thank all of you very very much!!
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11 Jan 2011   #19
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
jeepmann4x4, The system sounds wicked. Might I suggest just a tad larger PSU, I wouldn't want your top flight Crossfire boards to be starved. I would look into a 1000 watt - 1200 watt PSU as it shouldn't be much more than the 850, maybe 50-70 bucks. Also a system of this caliber without a SSD is just like hot apple pie without a scoop of french vanilla ice cream.

Edit: just checked on the EVGA mobo and it's a nVidia board and only supports SLI not Crossfire, so re-think the mobo or the GPU's. Good luck with your build and remember to take tons of pic's and share with us on the "show us your rig" thread !

Ok so I misread the specs on the MB "Supports 2-way SLI and 3-way SLI or CrossFireX" thanks for the catch.....I really like the board so time to switch up the GPU's .....

So now the question ... 2x 460's or 1x 570?? Don't think I can pull off the 580 cause of price(also why there is no SSD YET!)

@sygnus21
@
SlackerITGuy
You both have great points and I don't mind getting thread jacked like that...lol It was good input and helps when its under control like you guys did..thanks

As for 1155 I'm still looking into it but it was hard to do since they released on paper only. I've been checking and today is the first day I have seen them retail.
You should head over to Newegg's.com.

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11 Jan 2011   #20
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
jeepmann4x4, I'm not the expert here but from what I'm reading, more people will tell you that one high end card will be better than two lower end cards in SLI or Crossfire. Many say that the time and energy tweeking the set up to each game just doesn't out weight the added cost and screen benefits. Odd as I'm getting ready to install a new mobo with the goal of Crossfiring two 6870's or 6950's. It's causing me to rethink this and likely go with just a single great card.......jury is still out! I say look to one great card and live with it then if you win the lotto or just can't scratch the SLI wild hair then dive in and go for it......this in the end is likely to be my strategy. Cheers
Couldn't agree more.

Nice post BTW.
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