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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)
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post #41 of 56
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Originally Posted by axipher View Post

The lights are most likely controlled by an add-on board. Chances are the board is a USB device, although it might be directly connected to the board. Wouldn't be too much trouble to attach a regular USB cable to it though if that's the case.
I would recommend going LGA2011 as it gives you way more options down the road.

assuming they don't ditch it like every single socket since 775.
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Originally Posted by cdoublejj View Post

assuming they don't ditch it like every single socket since 775.

I think both 1155 and 2011 get replaced next year
     
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I think both 1155 and 2011 get replaced next year

yep, the lga1155 will be repalced by Haswell lga1150 in about Q2 and the lga2011 will finish around Q3 -4 next year but not sure on the socket smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dizzy4 View Post

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.
sent from my nokia n8

Thanks, the more I really think about upgrades in the future and cost, the more I realize I have to get out of the Alienware case.
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Originally Posted by Fatalrip View Post

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

Yep, the mATX boards are limiting, and I will keep running into issues every-time I want to move up in motherboards. Knowing now that Dell won't sell the I/O panel and it is very hard to find one, it looks to be custom build. The next motherboard socket that comes out, I can just change the processor and motherboard and everything else stays in tact. Much less cost and problems, Alienware systems run about 2K, that is an expensive merry-go-round to stay on.

I like the Alienware case, but to stay in it, keeps me limited.
Quote:
Originally Posted by cdoublejj View Post

assuming they don't ditch it like every single socket since 775.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain318 View Post

I think both 1155 and 2011 get replaced next year

Exactly, both sockets will eventually go away.
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post #46 of 56
The wisest decision to me would be selling/keeping the Alienware and build another PC from scratch...

Basically you want all your PC to be upgraded so no point keeping parts from the Alienware.
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I think I prefer to stay on the tock..very good info.
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Originally Posted by adridu59 View Post

The wisest decision to me would be selling/keeping the Alienware and build another PC from scratch...
Basically you want all your PC to be upgraded so no point keeping parts from the Alienware.

Yes, I am really starting to lean toward the new build, but I was fighting it. I like the Alienware case, but the limitations...then the technical support has gotten much worse from Dell. Most of them are like robots, and looking at the fact I want to be able to upgrade every few years with little complications, a build suits best. It has been a few years since I have done a build so...

A few questions and selections I have (anyone chime in):

1. I am looking at this : case, seems to be impressive. I would like a case with lighting, not too big (mid-tower) and looks good, any other suggestions?

2. For the cooling I am looking at the : Corsair H80 Thoughts?

3. Now the GC, I want an NVIDIA in the 500 series under $400, which would be a good fit? Looking at EVGA 570 Fermi:

4. Power supply: : Corsair 850W
Edited by bwebmasta - 3/7/12 at 8:31am
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I think I prefer to stay on the tock..very good info.
Yes, I am really starting to lean toward the new build, but I was fighting it. I like the Alienware case, but the limitations...then the technical support has gotten much worse from Dell. Most of them are like robots, and looking at the fact I want to be able to upgrade every few years with little complications, a build suits best. It has been a few years since I have done a build so...
A few questions and selections I have (anyone chime in):
1. I am looking at this : case, seems to be impressive. I would like a case with lighting, not too big (mid-tower) and looks good, any other suggestions?
2. For the cooling I am looking at the : Corsair H80 Thoughts?
3. Now the GC, I want an NVIDIA in the 500 series under $400, which would be a good fit? Looking at EVGA 570 Fermi:
4. Power supply: : Corsair 850W

The 500R is a nice case for air cooling. Are you interested in WCing your GPUs? If you are, look at the 650D. Personally I love almost every Corsair case, but the NZXT Phantom is also good thumb.gif

Grab a TX650 for a PSU and up that GPU to a 580 or a 7950/7970.
850W is SUPER overkill, a 750W can run SLI 570s (look at sig rig).wink.gif


Do you just want to shop at frys? or do you want the best deals you can get? Im sure if you posted a budget, you would get plenty of responses.
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The 500R is a nice case for air cooling. Are you interested in WCing your GPUs? If you are, look at the 650D. Personally I love almost every Corsair case, but the NZXT Phantom is also good thumb.gif
Grab a TX650 for a PSU and up that GPU to a 580 or a 7950/7970.
850W is SUPER overkill, a 750W can run SLI 570s (look at sig rig).wink.gif
Do you just want to shop at frys? or do you want the best deals you can get? Im sure if you posted a budget, you would get plenty of responses.
You want to aim for about 50% load for maximum efficiency and quiet operation.
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You want to aim for about 50% load for maximum efficiency and quiet operation.

He will not be hearing his PSU over his GPU anytime soon. I hear my GPUs and HDDs over my PSU.

Also, correct me if I am wrong, but isn't as long as the PSU is above 20% load, the efficiency is relatively the same? And isn't that even brand/model dependent?
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