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Hello All,

I am the very beginning stages of building a new gaming rig. So obvioulsy I want to think about iCore7. Especially since Win7 will take advantage of the i7 features.

But the real goal of this PC is to run a 30" monitor. At 2560x1600, I figure I need two video cards, or maybe the nVidia GTX 295. I am trying to keep down as I am air cooling this rig, thus one video card is preferable over two.

Does this make sense? Or should I use a Q9550 E0 proc?

Eagerly awaiting your opinions...

Thank you.
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post #2 of 16
If you are going to Game at 2560 X 1600 I would Suggest The core i7 and for your GFX card i suggest the 4870x2 because with a driver update they will link the two gpu's on that card together and fully saturate the pcie 2.0 bus which will give you a substantial Boost at extremely high resolutions and with that driver update also comes support for multi-threaded processing which the i7 will take advantage of giving you one oif the fastest and best systems out there period. Also the 4870x2 is a single slot solution while offering the performance of a dual slot solution and if you crave even more power put those cards in crossfireX.

P.s i know it may seem i overlooked nvidia options but in the future ati is going to give you a better system because of your processor. Before Windows 7 come out 2!
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post #3 of 16
i7 is not cost effective yet. Stick with 775.
Then again I'm also major anti Core i7 but you asked for my opinion, so I gave it to you.

Actually you could also do what SiNiSt3r said, AM2+/AM3 Phenom II (2) would work nicely.
Edited by caraboose - 1/28/09 at 6:01pm
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post #4 of 16
go AM2+/AM3 PhenomII
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stick with 775, the games are not ever par with new I7 systems. I tell you some people buy the latest and greatest and end up running stuff that is not made for it yet. future proof is their goal of course.
    
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post #6 of 16
If you are building a brand new PC, Core i7 is the only way to go. Good memory can be had for under $80, a good motherboard for under $200 and a Core i7 920 for under $300, all on Newegg. You may even be able to do a bit better if you shop around.
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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by eeerulz1 View Post
If you are going to Game at 2560 X 1600 I would Suggest The core i7 and for your GFX card i suggest the 4870x2 because with a driver update they will link the two gpu's on that card together and fully saturate the pcie 2.0 bus which will give you a substantial Boost at extremely high resolutions and with that driver update also comes support for multi-threaded processing which the i7 will take advantage of giving you one oif the fastest and best systems out there period. Also the 4870x2 is a single slot solution while offering the performance of a dual slot solution and if you crave even more power put those cards in crossfireX.

P.s i know it may seem i overlooked nvidia options but in the future ati is going to give you a better system because of your processor. Before Windows 7 come out 2!
Well, I am using Win7 now, so that is not a concern.

I might consider the 4870x2, but the nVidia GTX 295 is also a dual-gpu video card. I'd like to see a comparison between the two cards.

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Originally Posted by SiNiSt3r View Post
go AM2+/AM3 PhenomII
I used to be an AMD guy a while ago, but Intel them. So now I am Intel all the way, baby

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Originally Posted by 003 View Post
If you are building a brand new PC, Core i7 is the only way to go. Good memory can be had for under $80, a good motherboard for under $200 and a Core i7 920 for under $300, all on Newegg. You may even be able to do a bit better if you shop around.
Awesome! Can you reccomend any good i7 mobos? And group them by those under $200, and those over $200. Thanks!

Thank you everyone..
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post #8 of 16
Look at that CPU score and tell me it's not worth it.
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post #9 of 16
Congrats you scored decent on a benchmark.

But in *Real* games the differance isnt justified by the pricetag.

And amd Phenom II's are better then The core 2 quads at a cheaper pricetag.
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Acroma:
You have PhysX enabled most likely. That score is way to high for any CPU alone.

GamingDaemon,
Here is the i7 920. This would be a great motherboard, if you are willing to settle for dual channel memory. Honestly, you will see absolutely ZERO performance difference with dual vs triple channel on the Core i7, except in synthetic memory bandwidth tests. With that motherboard, this memory would go great.

If you want to go triple channel, get this motherboard and this memory.
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