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Poll Results: Which should I choose?

 
  • 19% (8)
    a. Upgrade to a i7 980 = $589 and call it a day.
  • 0% (0)
    b. Upgrade to a i7 3930 = $600, and a Alienware mobo (who knows how much this could cost)
  • 80% (34)
    c: Upgrade to a i7 3930, forget the lights, and get a top shelf 2011 board. (Last ditch option)
42 Total Votes  
post #31 of 56
Make your own lights tongue.gif.

Grab an Arduino and get to programing!

so you could do something like this:
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post #32 of 56
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After careful consideration, talking with guys on this forum and the Alienware forum, and looking at what is coming down the pipe/cost..I went with an option D. smile.gif

Alienware 1155 board = $150
Intel i7 2600K = $279

Full compatibility with my current system, less than half the cost, and brings up to current technology with the SATA and USB speeds. If I want to change systems later, I could sell my current one at a higher price point. When Nvidia comes out with their next line of GC's I will upgrade the card then.

On Ivy Bridge, I hear they will be 1155 socket so the new board may work with it, but that's another discussion for down the road. I am sure the 2600 would be satisfactory for my speed and crunch power I want.
post #33 of 56
My vote would actually not be available. I would wait, and then upgrade down the road unless six core is absolutely necessary.
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post #34 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by bwebmasta View Post

After careful consideration, talking with guys on this forum and the Alienware forum, and looking at what is coming down the pipe/cost..I went with an option D. smile.gif
Alienware 1155 board = $150
Intel i7 2600K = $279
Full compatibility with my current system, less than half the cost, and brings up to current technology with the SATA and USB speeds. If I want to change systems later, I could sell my current one at a higher price point. When Nvidia comes out with their next line of GC's I will upgrade the card then.
On Ivy Bridge, I hear they will be 1155 socket so the new board may work with it, but that's another discussion for down the road. I am sure the 2600 would be satisfactory for my speed and crunch power I want.

how well do those alienware mobos overclock?
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post #35 of 56
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Pretty good, i7 920 is OC'd to 3.2 currently. Some have clocked it up to 4 with no problem, as the system is vented pretty well with liquid cooling.
post #36 of 56
Hope you enjoy your system thumb.gif be sure to post back with pics.
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post #37 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fatalrip View Post

Hope you enjoy your system thumb.gif be sure to post back with pics.

Will do, so far I have the 2600K processor and I got 16GB of Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz memory ($97). The motherhood should be in within the week, so looks like I will make the change next weekend.
post #38 of 56
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I have run into a snag, glad I did not buy the motherboard. I held off, as I needed the I/O panel. No one is selling the R3 board with the I/O plate...sucks. I talked with Dell on this, and they determined they would NOT sell the I/O plate to me, as they consider it to be the part of the chassis. What? Next they told me, they could only sell the motherbaord and I/O together, which would cost around $700. Dell is really starting to get on my nerves now.

So now I am faced with either:

A. Get a non-Alienware mATX board such as the Asus Gene IV 1155.
B. Get a new case, board, power supply, graphics card, cooling system, and build my own system. I won't be limited to mATX. Note: I already have the i7 2600K, 1600 Memory, Intel 300GB SSD, 3 1TB drives
C. Get an Alienware board, and poke a hole in the old I/O panel, which I don't really care to do.

Now of course, B would cost more but I would get away from the confines of Alienwear (Dell). I could sell my Alienware system and use that money toward the build.

Thoughts?
post #39 of 56
i would try to keep the alienware system as in tact as possible and sell it. keep 2 hdds and the ssd then do your own build. don't worry, members here can help if you have questions.

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post #40 of 56
I would vote for option b, it may cost more but i'm pretty certain you will be much more satisfied.
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