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Hello everybody,

I've just ordered a watercooling setup for my rig. I'm also upgrading the hard drive (to SSD), graphics card, case, and PSU.

That leaves me with only the CPU, motherboard and RAM at their originals: an i7-860, an ASUS P7P55D-E and 8GB memory.

I am eager to update them in order to make my build faster - as I'm moving to a GTX470/80, possibly two in SLI if things go well, and a water-cooled layout, I think I want to move from the mid-range LGA 1156 to something better.

So here's my question: do I buy an LGA 1366 CPU and an X58 MoBo now, or do I wait till Christmas for LGA 2011? Do you think it's worth holding on for a bit longer before I update them, and will LGA 2011 be worth the wait?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

hcetech
 
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post #2 of 28
Wait for LGA 2011.
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i mean 2011 is going to be REALLY expensive plus i hear there just going to be server chips??? Though i believe LGA 1366 is still top dog even over sandybridge, So you could get a x58 and a 980x and do that!
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If you buy LGA 1366, come christmas time you will be stuck with last gen stuff with no upgrade in the future - SB is already faster than LGA 1366, so if you're thinking about getting something now, 1155 would be the way to go.
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Originally Posted by hcetech View Post
Hello everybody,

I've just ordered a watercooling setup for my rig. I'm also upgrading the hard drive (to SSD), graphics card, case, and PSU.

That leaves me with only the CPU, motherboard and RAM at their originals: an i7-860, an ASUS P7P55D-E and 8GB memory.

I am eager to update them in order to make my build faster - as I'm moving to a GTX470/80, possibly two in SLI if things go well, and a water-cooled layout, I think I want to move from the mid-range LGA 1156 to something better.

So here's my question: do I buy an LGA 1366 CPU and an X58 MoBo now, or do I wait till Christmas for LGA 2011? Do you think it's worth holding on for a bit longer before I update them, and will LGA 2011 be worth the wait?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

hcetech
Wait until next summer or next fall... there's nothing you can do that'll be worthwhile as an upgrade to your current rig.

Maybe another 470 and an SLI motherboard (you can't with the P7P55D-E due to lane limitations... only Crossfire will work with an x16/x4 configuration, not SLI), but other than that, your rig is very solid. An X58 system would be more of a sidegrade unless you get a 970/980x and are doing a ton of virtual machines.

And Sandy Bridge is nice, but not worth the money over your current rig at this moment. When Ivy Bridge comes out, sure... but not right now.

My advice:
Save your money until something ABSOLUTELY AMAZING comes out. And I really do mean, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Which won't be for a while.
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If you buy LGA 1366, come christmas time you will be stuck with last gen stuff with no upgrade in the future - SB is already faster than LGA 1366, so if you're thinking about getting something now, 1155 would be the way to go.
This. Unfortunately the only thing X58 still surpasses SB on is triple channel memory, hex core CPU's, and PCIE lane availability. While that may sound great, With the NF200 chip X8 for a PCIE lane on a SB mobo is not a disadvantage as it once was. In addition while 1366 may have 2 more cores, unless you are using heavily threaded apps you'll never see a benefit as clock for clock SB is the king. Lastly memory bandwidth is nice but real world difference is negligible.
    
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If you can get great deals on 1366 it isn't bad, I can't really recommend buying 1366 new unless you really have a use for a 6 core cpu, they still beat 1155 in multithread use. but 4 core/8 thread or less 1155 is the way to go at the moment.
If you won't be upgrading again for a while 2011 may be worth the wait, I'm hoping for great things from it...
    
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i mean 2011 is going to be REALLY expensive plus i hear there just going to be server chips??? Though i believe LGA 1366 is still top dog even over sandybridge, So you could get a x58 and a 980x and do that!
2600k outperforms 980x in gaming and other applications that doesn't use multi-cores.

Other 1366 CPUs are owned by Sandy Bridge.

So A) Go 1155
B) Wait 2011
post #9 of 28
Well, what do you want to do with your PC?

Everything's fine already - stick with your i7 860
Gaming - i5 2500K
Cheap number cruncher - i7 2600K
Better number cruncher - i7 970
Best and most expensive - LGA 2011 6 core

It all comes down to your needs. LGA 2011 will sure be worth it for all the highly multithreaded applications, though I see no point in going LGA 2011 for gaming.
    
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As of right now there's nothing worth while to upgrade to. He'll have to spend ~$220 on a CPU then ~$160 on a motherboard, so for $380 he will get a "I paid $380 for this?" upgrade... meaning, not worth it.


Trust me OP... you will feel NO PERFORMANCE INCREASE AT ALL if you were to "upgrade" to Sandy Bridge right now for gaming, or even general applications. Yes, SB is better.. but not worth it over your current rig.

I'd recommend SB if you were starting from scratch with an old AM2 or LGA775 build, but not with 1156.
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